Bill Lee, Sep 3/08

An alleged child molester facing assault and buggery charges in Toronto is believed to have fled to B.C.

Police have issued a Canada-wide warrant for Bill Lee, 69, a former executive director of Metis Family Services in Surrey.

Lee faces two counts of indecent assault and buggery against two children stemming from alleged incidents that occurred in the 1970s.

Authorities believe Lee has come back and may be seeking refuge with family or friends.

"We have information he may be in the Surrey, Burnaby and possibly Victoria area," said Const. Brad Stapleton of the Toronto Police Sex Crimes Unit.

Lee was arrested by Surrey RCMP in November 2006 and transported to Toronto to face charges. He was released on bail, then returned to Burnaby.

He went back to Toronto for his preliminary hearing, but did not show up for a scheduled court appearance on May 28.

He also fired his lawyer around that time, said Stapleton.

His victims, a boy and a girl, were between seven and 11 years old at the time of the alleged assault.

Lee is described as five foot seven, 200 pounds, aboriginal, with brown eyes and long greying black hair. He has an eagle tattoo on his left arm. He worked at Metis Family Services from 2003 to 2006 and as an aboriginal advisor on family issues for the B.C. government in 2002.

Anyone with information on Lee's whereabouts is asked to call Toronto police at 416-808-7474, Crime Stoppers at 416-222-8477, or their local police.