Victoria Police are looking for possible victims after arresting a 70-year-old man accused in a series of sexual assaults that took place decades ago.

Harry Charles Sadd faces charges including three counts of indecent assault by a male on a male person and one count of sexual assault for incidents that allegedly took place in Esquimalt from 1978 to 1983.

Police say he was arrested after a victim came forward to police as an adult, telling them of multiple sex assaults beginning when he was nine years old.

“He’s been trying to deal with it on his own for decades and he wasn’t getting what he needed from that, so this is what he’s trying to do and I commend him,” Sgt. Kristi Ross said of the victim, who will remain unindentified.

Sadd, a former youth badminton coach, has been released from custody on several strict conditions including no proximity to playgrounds, schools, swimming pools and other places where kids frequent, and he is prohibited from making contact with his alleged victim as well as anyone under the age of 18.

Anyone who sees him violating those conditions is asked to call 911 immediately.

He was previously convicted of two counts of sexual interference involving pre-teen and teen boys in 1991, according to police.

That’s why police believe there could be other potential victims in Greater Victoria who have not come forward.

Sadd has also worked as a teacher in Alberta and possibly in other provinces, police say, and they believe there are likely other victims outside of Greater Victoria.

“All victims of sexual assault and abuse deserve to be heard,” said Sgt. Kristi Ross. “Our investigation tells us there are likely other out there who’ve been hurt by this man. Harry Sadd’s actions have left these victims to carry the burden of what he has done their entire lives, and they’ve often suffered in silence.”

Police have released two photos of Sadd in an attempt to find other victims, one from 1992 and a more recent photo.

The Men’s Trauma Centre is offering support to any men who may have been victimized by Sadd, police said.

Anyone who has information or who may have been assaulted is asked to call Victoria Police at 250-995-7654, the Men’s Trauma Centre at 250-381-6367 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Sadd is scheduled to make his first court appearance on Sept. 8.