UPDATE: Falconridge rapist found not guilty in alleged Surrey sex assault
A man dubbed the "Falconridge rapist" after he sexually assaulted two women at knifepoint in Calgary in 2006 has been found not guilty of sexually assaulting and choking a teen in Surrey in 2012.
Andrew Aurie Jefferson's trial on the Surrey charges took place April 14 and 15 in B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster. On Wednesday (April 16), the 12-member jury delivered its not-guilty verdict to Judge Paul Pearlman.
During the trial, the alleged victim told the court she had met Jefferson on the online dating site Plenty of Fish in late 2012 when she was 17.
She is now 19. Her identity is shielded by a publication ban.
The teen said she and Jefferson had met up for sex on two days in December 2012, but she alleged that during their second meeting, Jefferson had sexually assaulted her and choked her in his Newton basement suite.
Jefferson, 29, took the stand in his own defence, denying the charges and arguing the pair's encounters were entirely consensual.
"I don't agree that the allegations made happened," he testified.
In April 2006, Jefferson grabbed a 19-year-old woman in the Falconridge neighbourhood of Calgary and raped her. A month later, a 35-year-old woman was dragged to a footpath and raped. Jefferson was convicted in those cases (as well as for assaulting another woman) in 2007 and sentenced to six years in prison.
After being released from jail, he was relocated to Surrey in 2011.
He is currently in jail again in connection with a carjacking in Langley in June 2013 and pleaded guilty to robbery in January of this year. His sentencing on that charge is scheduled for May 6.
The jury in the Surrey case was not privy to details of Jefferson's past convictions or current charges.