An investigation that began in August 2018 by the Richmond RCMP Serious Crimes Unit has led to over a dozen charges being pressed against a Richmond resident.
According to an emailed statement from the RCMP, the individual was suspected of “committing crimes against vulnerable women and women in the sex trade.”
Now, earlier this week, 14 charges were approved against 49-year-old Satvir Singh Sanghera of Richmond, BC. The charges include sexual assault, administering a notorious substance, assault, theft, fraud, obtaining sexual services for consideration, transmitting intimate images of a person without consent, and possession of child pornography.
RCMP notes that while the charges are recent, the incidents are mostly “historical in nature.”
“This investigation has led to several victims coming forward, and it is alleged Mr. Sanghera targets vulnerable women and sex workers,” says lead investigator Constable Kenneth Lau.
Sanghera is scheduled to appear in court in January 2020. Until then, he has had a number of conditions placed upon him, including not attending public parks, swimming pools, or community centres where there may be people under the age of 18, not engaging in work or volunteer activities where there may be people under the age of 18, and not having contact or being alone with people believed to be under the age of 18.
He is also prohibited from having contact with any sex trade agencies or anyone believed to be engaged in sex work, and he is not to be alone with any woman who he knows to be, or appears to be, impaired by alcohol, drugs, or other intoxicating substances.
Anyone with additional information about Sanghera who hasn’t already stepped forward is asked to contact the police in their local area. The Richmond RCMP has also set up a tipline that can be reached at 604-207-5185.
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