TORONTO – A Toronto father of two has been charged with 13 sex related offences involving female youths between 13 and 16 years of age and police believe there may be more victims.
Police allege the suspect approached the girls while they were leaving school in the Rathburn Road and Renforth Drive area between April 1 and Oct. 27.
In four of the five incidents, the accused would ask the victims for directions when the conversation quickly turned sexual in nature.
“He would change a simple conversation for directions to totally sexual overtones,” said Sex Crimes Detective Dan Luff during a press conference Tuesday morning.
“He would talk about their physical appearances and sexual experiences.”
In one case, police said the suspect approached a youth while his child was in the car with him.
“The child was in the car at the time of the incident,” said Luff.
Police said the accused also used social media to develop an online relationship with a 15-year-old girl who was subsequently coerced into a one-on-one meeting and sexually assaulted.
The suspect has been identified as 29-year-old Fathi Rashid who faces four counts of sexual assault, four counts of sexual interference, four counts of criminal harassment and one for invitation to sexual touching.
Police said Rashid also had been using the aliases Malik Gavin D Sweeti, Gavin D Sweetie or variations of these names to contact girls online.
He is also known to approach his victims in a white 2010 Hyundai Sonata and blue 2014 Mazda CX5.
The accused is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 4.