Hairdresser charged with six more sexual assaults

A Toronto hairdresser faces six new sexual assault charges against four of her patients, and police say more victims have come forward, the Associated Press reports. Tiniqua Thornton, 25, was previously charged with two…

Hairdresser charged with six more sexual assaults

A Toronto hairdresser faces six new sexual assault charges against four of her patients, and police say more victims have come forward, the Associated Press reports.

Tiniqua Thornton, 25, was previously charged with two counts of sexual assault, two counts of invitation to sexual touching, and two counts of assault. And now, Thornton is being charged with six more charges of sexual assault, six counts of making child pornography, and five counts of sexual interference. She made her first court appearance Thursday morning, and remains in police custody.

One of the victims — an 11-year-old — came forward in November. Thornton worked as a hairstylist at a salon in Toronto called Mary Lou Fashion. (The salon’s owner said Thornton quit her job on May 15, according to the Associated Press.)

Police told the AP on Thursday that they’re still trying to contact other children who may have been abused by Thornton, and they’re asking for additional victims to come forward.

Two potential victims told the AP that when they came forward to police, it was the first time they’d spoken about the events. One alleged victim, a 14-year-old, said he spent four hours in Thornton’s salon, which is about 10 miles from his home, and made sexual overtures toward him and a younger girl. “I walked in and pretended I liked it when she made her comments to me,” the boy said. “But at the end of the day, I knew better.”

Thornton worked as a stylist for years at the salon called Mary Lou, where she performed many face-hair styling treatments on customers. The salon’s owners wouldn’t comment on their decision to remove Thornton from the shop, and said that they had zero information about the allegations, though they did say she would not be coming back.

One of the salon’s investors, Mohamedan El Youssef, said that, ultimately, Thornton’s past misconduct wouldn’t hinder her future career. Thornton, he said, had cleaned up her act, stopped using hair dye, and was sober.

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