A 22-year-old Langley man is in jail, facing multiple charges in connection to three violent sexual assaults which took place in the past seven months.
Kevin Adelmo Sharp has been charged with break and enter, two counts of sexual assault with a weapon, theft of a motor vehicle and assault causing bodily harm.
Police began their investigation last October, after two similar attacks on sex trade workers took place within five days of each other. That led police to look into another sexual assault case in Fernridge, which took place in May, 2014.
On Oct. 3, 2014, at around 11:30 p.m., a Langley RCMP officer was flagged down by a woman in the 20100 block of 56 Avenue in Langley City.
The woman told the officer she had been sexually assaulted. She advised the officer she had been picked up by a male, alleged to be Sharp, and taken to a park area in the 19800 block of 53 Avenue, where they would have sex in exchange for money.
When they arrived at the park, she asked for the cash agreed upon. It’s alleged Sharp stated he would pay later. She insisted the man pay immediately, which he refused. He is accused of then sexually assaulting her. He then pushed her out of his car and fled, nearly striking her with his vehicle, police allege.
The second allegation took place five days later in Surrey, where Sharp is accused of assaulting and robbing a Langley sex trade worker on Oct. 7.
The circumstances are very similar, in that the man physically assaulted her. She was eventually able to escape and the suspect took items from her purse before fleeing in his vehicle.
The two October incidents caused police to take a closer look at an incident on May 1, 2014 in the 20500 block of 24 Avenue. A woman awoke in the middle of the night and opened her sliding glass door to let her cat in, when she was grabbed by her neck and forced into her bedroom.
She was assaulted and sexually assaulted before the suspect stole personal items from the victim and fled the residence.
Langley RCMP did not issue any warning to the public.
The victim attended the hospital where she consented to a sexual assault examination. In November, the Forensic Assessment Centre linked DNA taken from the victim to that taken from Sharp, leading to charges against him.
Sharp has been in custody since December and his first trial in connection to the October attacks will take place in Surrey Provincial Court on June 8. Crown counsel only recently approved charges for the May rape.
“These charges are a direct result of the advancements in police forensic evidence gathering and analysis, along with the ability to work seamlessly across municipal borders,” said Langley RCMP officer in charge Supt. Murray Power.
“Connecting allegations such as these to one person is a constant policing concern and was often difficult to do in years past. We are very pleased with the investigative result and will do all we can to support the victims as we move forward.”
Sharp has a criminal background, but it does not involve attacks against women. In 2012, he spent 21 days in jail and given two years probation for possession for the purpose of trafficking.
Two weeks after the alleged attacks on the two prostitutes, Sharp fled from Langley RCMP in his car, driving dangerously. He was caught, sentenced to 30 days in jail and was given a one year driving ban.