Police update: Rape chargesin Brisbane City

A Brisbane City man is facing more than 135 additional charges relating to sexual offences following a public appeal from police earlier this year.

In August, police investigating the alleged sexual assault of a woman in her early 20s executed a search warrant at a Mary Street address and arrested a 30-year-old local man. Several mobile phones were located, as well as video recording equipment, prescription and illicit drugs.

As a result of this search, Brisbane City Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) detectives commenced Operation Sierra Overland.

Recordings of other alleged sexual offences were found on these devices prompting police to issue an appeal for anyone who had information to come forward.

Subsequently, a further 31 victims of alleged sexual assault were identified in relation to incidents across south-east Queensland dating back to 2016.

Detective Inspector Glen Farmer of the City Valley Crime Group said the man allegedly used social media dating sites to deceptively target his victims.

“It’s also alleged he subsequently administered substances and filmed himself engaged in non-consensual sexual acts with his victims.

“Detectives are continuing work to identify a number of women who they believe may also be victims of this man’s alleged predatory behaviour.

“We are encouraging any woman who believes they may have experienced a similar pattern of behaviour to come forward.”

The 30-year-old man has since been charged with more than 135 offences, including 46 counts of rape against 21 women. He has also been charged with 38 counts of observations or recordings in breach of privacy, 14 counts of stupefying in order to commit an offence and seven counts of unlawful possession of restricted drugs.

These alleged offences have occurred in Bethania, Springwood and Brisbane CBD between 2016 and 2020.

The man is also facing additional charges relating to computer hacking, distributing intimate images, impersonation and stalking.

The man was remanded in custody following his first court appearance in August and is due to reappear in Brisbane Magistrates Court tomorrow (December 10).

Brisbane City detectives are encouraging anyone who may have any information in relation to this investigation to contact police.

If you feel you have been a victim, you can also consider Alternative Reporting Options (ARO) for reporting of sexual assaults located here.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink by providing information using the online suspicious activity form 24hrs per day at www.police.qld.gov.au/reporting or call 131 444.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day or call 1800 333 000.

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