A married father of two young children is facing 13 sex assault-related charges following interactions with several female students in central Etobicoke.
It’s alleged that 29-yearold Fathi Rashid approached the girls, ranging in age from 13-16, between April 1 and October 27 this year in the area of Rathburn Rd. and Renforth Dr.
“He would ask for directions and then change the conversation to one with a sexual overtone,” Detective Dan Luff said at a news conference at police headquarters on November 3. “On several occasions, he assaulted the young girls.”
It’s further alleged that the suspect used social media for an online relationship with a 15-year-old girl.
“She was coerced to meet him and then was sexually assaulted,” Luff added.
Rashid has several online aliases, including Malik Gavin D Sweeti, Gavin D Sweetie or variations of the above names.
He allegedly approached the girls while walking and driving a white 2010 Hyundai Sonata or a blue 2014 Mazda CX5.
Luff said the accused was taking care of his two children – ages four years and 11 months – while his wife, on maternity leave, was attending school.
In his last interaction with a 14-year-old student on October 27, his 11-month-old child was in the vehicle when he approached a young girl and started a sexual conversation.
Rashid, who is known to police but had no prior criminal convictions, is facing four counts each of sexual assault, sexual interference and criminal harassment and an invitation to sexual touching charge,
Arrested on October 27, he will make a court appearance on November 4.
Police believe there may be other victims
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