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Man charged with sexual assault after 12-year-old groped on Granville Island: police

Click to play video: 'Vancouver Police have made an arrest in connection with a shocking sexual assault earlier this month' Vancouver Police have made an arrest in connection with a shocking sexual assault earlier this month
A 12 year old girl reported being groped while at Granville Island back on August 13th. Now a man, who's on the national sex offender registry list, has been charged. As Emily Lazatin reports, the VPD is trying to determine if he's also linked to a number of other sex assaults in the city. – Aug 27, 2021

A 42-year-old man has been arrested and charged in relation to the sexual assault of a child on Granville Island earlier this month.

The victim, a 12-year-old girl, contacted police, saying she was attacked at the Granville Island Public Market on Aug. 13.

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Derek Sangris was arrested on Tuesday and has been charged with sexual assault and sexual interference.

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The girl came forward after police issued a public warning about a series of gropings around False Creek on Aug. 17.

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Police said the first assaults happened around 4:30 p.m., when a pair of 11-year-old girls were walking by the seawall near Granville Island. A man on a bicycle approached them from behind and groped one of the girls, police said, and then followed them to West 6th Avenue and Birch Street where he groped the second girl.

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About 30 minutes later, a man groped a 15-year-old girl who was running on the seawall near Science World.

Police say they are working to determine if the suspect is linked to other unsolved sexual attacks in the area.

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— With files from Simon Little

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