Hunt for laundry room rapist as cops offer hefty reward to find predator who sexually assaulted four children – including a three-year-old girl
Victoria Police is offering a $500,000 reward for information that can help officers track down a serial sexual predator who targeted young girls in Melbourne during the 1980s.
Detectives from the sexual crime squad’s cold case unit believe four assaults in high-rise apartments in the city’s inner-north are linked.
The first, on October 24, 1982, happened in Richmond, where a man took a three-year-old girl to a building’s clothes-drying room and sexually assaulted her there.
On 19 December, a man approached two girls – aged three and five – at a different apartment building on Richmond’s Elizabeth Street.
He attempted to sexually assault the girls and threatened to throw one off a balcony when she screamed.
On December 3 the following year, a man approached a six-year-old girl and her brother at a building on Campbell Street in Collingwood.
Victoria Police is offering a $500,000 reward to help track down a serial sex predator
The man spoke to the siblings before taking the girl to a drying room and assaulting her.
In the last incident, on January 5, 1988, a man approached a five-year-old girl and her seven-year-old brother at flats on Brunswick Street in Fitzroy.
He offered the pair money before taking the girl to an unlocked drying room and sexually assaulted her there.
Victoria Police is appealing for anyone with information about the assaults, particularly those who lived in the buildings at the time and saw anything suspicious, to come forward.
Police also believe there could be victims who never reported their assaults to police. Detective Inspector Juliann Goldrick, from the sexual crimes squad, said it was not too late for the victims to get justice despite nearly four decades passing since the assaults.
“These families deserve closure and for some that can only be achieved by holding the individual or individuals responsible to account and police are committed to doing that,” she said.
Police urged anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via its website.