Man arrested as part of sexual assault investigation

Detectives from the Sexual Crimes Squad have today arrested a man as part of an ongoing investigation into two sexual assaults believed to have occurred between October 2018 and March 2020.

The first incident occurred in 2018 when a 19-year-old woman matched with the man on a dating application.

On Thursday 25 October, 2018 the man and woman met for dinner in Drouin.

Afterwards, the pair drove to an isolated area and the man has subsequently sexually assaulted the woman.

The second incident occurred this year when an 18-year-old woman matched with the man on the same dating application.

The woman was with a group of friends in a share house in Burwood on Tuesday 24 March, 2020 and invited the man to the property.

While at the house, the man followed the woman into a room and sexually assaulted her.

On both occasions, the victims have reported being choked and unable to breathe, as well as being forced onto their stomachs.

The women described the man as aged in his early 20s, Caucasian appearance, slim build, softly spoken with a demeaning attitude towards women.

They have told police the man’s dating profile identifies he is a Computer Science student and states “feds and narcs swipe left.”

The matters have only recently been reported to police and subsequently investigated by detectives from the Sexual Crimes Squad.

At this time it’s believed the incidents are linked.

A 25-year-old Berwick man was arrested this morning and is currently assisting police with their enquiries.

The investigation remains ongoing and police are continuing to look at any possible links to other matters.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

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