Officials say a man accused of three sexual assaults on Metro Vancouver’s transit system has pleaded guilty to all three charges.
Grant Lionel Houle entered pleas on Tuesday, according to the B.C. Prosecution Service.
The Crown stated Houle’s next court appearance will be later this month, during which a sentencing date will be set.
In late 2019, the accused, who was 39 at the time, was charged with two assaults.
One assault occurred on the morning of December 3rd, according to Metro Vancouver Transit Police. At Nanaimo Station, a young woman boarded a SkyTrain vehicle and felt a man grope her buttocks multiple times as she stood on the crowded train.
As the train approached Commercial-Broadway Station, she looked at the man next to her and noticed his hand near her torso, according to police. She requested that another passenger activate the onboard alarm on her behalf. The suspect was tracked down and apprehended.
He had another warrant out for his arrest at the time, according to police, for a sexual assault on a bus six months prior.
He was also charged with an incident reported in 2017, to which he pleaded guilty, according to the BCPS.
His arrest in December came just a few months after local cops launched a public awareness campaign about how unwanted sexual touching is a form of sexual assault.
“Be on the lookout. We will come after you if you touch someone inappropriately or grope someone “Sgt. Clint Hampton, the MTVP’s then-spokesperson, warned at the time.
“We will conduct a thorough investigation and place you under arrest. Remove your hands from the situation.”