VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – After 18 months of in-depth police work, a man has been arrested in connection with a series of sex assaults dating back 15 years ago.
In 1995, a 13-year-old girl walking along Kitchener St. in Vancouver was approached by a man who took her into a stairwell and sexually assaulted her.
In 2007, two 14-year-old girls were also sexually assaulted in Delta and in July of 2009, a six-year-old girl was assaulted as her brothers lay on the ground nearby in Surrey.
When police realized that DNA evidence linked all three incidents, they formed Project Scourge. As members of the project announced the charges, Detective Dan Murphy with the Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Unit of the VPD said the DNA discovery “was a situation that was every parent’s worst nightmare: the realization that this was a serial sex predator, and that he was unidentified, at large and free to re-offend at will.”
Forty-two-year old Ibata Noric Hexamer has been charged with 23 counts involving all three cases.
Former Vancouver COPE city councillor Tim Louis says Hexamer was his personal care assistant for a few years and found him to be quiet and unassuming.
Vision Vancouver city councillor Tim Stevenson says Hexamer also did some computer work for him some years ago. “We didn’t get into chit-chat. He would just come in to do my computer work. He didn’t seem odd. He was very quiet, kind of shy,” remembers Stevenson.
A short biography on the COPE website, which is no longer available, says Hexamer was a party organizer. COPE Executive Director Alvin Singh says Hexamer worked in a low-level IT job during the 2005 and 2008 civic elections.
“All of the parties hire a number of people during the campaign to do to all sorts of work, and he was one of these individuals,” explains Singh, adding the party is shocked by the allegations.
The bio also says Hexamer worked on the 2005-2006 federal election campaign as the database manager for the NDP in Vancouver Centre.
It says he graduated from UBC Theatre in 2002 and also ran the website RhythmNation.ca.