Vancouver – A Vancouver Police investigation has led to sex charges against a man who allegedly groped a child at Granville Island earlier this month.

VPD officers arrested Derek Sangris, 42, on Tuesday, after a 12-year-old girl reported that she had been groped and sexually assaulted while at the Granville Island Public Market on August 13. The victim contacted police after VPD released information about a series of gropings that occurred around False Creek on August 17.

The BC Prosecution Service has approved charges of sexual assault and sexual interference against Sangris, related to an incident on August 13. VPD is continuing to investigate the possibility of any connections between that incident and other unsolved gropings in the area.

Anyone with information is asked to call VPD’s Sex Crimes Unit at 604-717-0601.