January trial for man accused of kidnapping, assaulting 9-year-old Surrey girl

Chilliwack's Cory Schaumleffel charged in child's 2014 attack.

The trial of a man charged with taking a nine-year-old from her Surrey bedroom and attacking her last summer is scheduled to begin early next year.

Cory Andrew Schaumleffel, 29, appeared by video in Surrey Provincial Court Tuesday morning (Sept. 1), on what was scheduled to be the first day of a preliminary hearing. Lawyers, however, said they were not ready to begin and re-scheduled the hearing to Oct. 21.

Schaumleffel is charged with kidnapping, sexual assault, break and enter, sexual interference of a person under 16 and exposing himself to someone under 16 in connection with the Surrey girl’s attack in late August 2014.

Police at the time said the child was lured out of her bedroom window in the night, taken to a park and sexually assaulted. She was then brought to a nearby yard and stayed until the attacker left before running home.

Another man was originally arrested and charged in the attack after he confessed shortly after the incident. But weeks later, Surrey RCMP said it became clear the man had admitted to a crime he had not committed.

After further investigation, Schaumleffel, who is from Chilliwack, was arrested on Oct. 13 and charged.

He has been in custody since and according to Crown prosecutors, has never applied for bail.

Schaumleffel’s trial is scheduled for 16 days in early 2016, beginning Jan. 19.