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Mascouche man charged in connection with string of sexual assaults: SQ

Éric Gauvreau-Paquette was arrested on Tuesday. Quebec provincial police

A 29-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection with a string of sexual assaults in Mascouche and Terrebonne.

The Sûreté du Québec (SQ) says Éric Gauvreau-Paquette was arrested Tuesday and appeared in court on Wednesday in Joliette.

He faces a total of 19 charges including sexual assault, exposing his genitals, indecent acts and assault on minors under the age of 16.

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Police say the assaults occurred in July and August 2019 on bike paths.

“The suspect took his victims by surprise to attack them,” said police in a statement.

Gauvreau-Paquette was travelling by foot, on bike and in a black Honda CRV at the time of the attacks, according to police.

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Police say several victims have been identified.

Anyone who has information is asked to contact police at 1-800-659-4264.

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