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Etobicoke assaults: police arrest 'serial sexual predator'

10/31/2014 09:59 EDT | Updated 12/31/2014 05:59 EST
Toronto police say a 32-year-old man who they describe as a "serial sexual predator" now faces 95 charges in connection with a string of 59 late-night break-ins and sexual assaults in Etobicoke that spanned a three-year period.

Charged is Anieph Fitzroy Burton, 32. Among the charges he's facing:

- 11 counts of sexual assault.

- Assault causing bodily harm.

- Overcoming resistance by choking, three counts.

- 46 counts of breaking and entering.

- Four counts of assault.

- One count of vehicle theft

- Six counts of mischief.

It's alleged the incidents took place between August 2011 and August 2014.

In many of the assaults, victims awoke to find a suspect inside in their house. On more than one occasion, police were close to arresting a suspect who evaded police by jumping backyard fences and fleeing into wooded areas.

Burton's wife Jehanneiry (Jen) Beaton is also facing six counts of breaking and entering and one count of break and enter with intent. Police believe she was involved in seven of the break-ins.

Police said Burton was known to them prior to this arrest.

At a news conference Friday, Insp. Joanna Beaven-Desjardins of the Toronto police sex-crimes unit said during many of the attacks, property was stolen and female residents were assaulted as they slept.

"Throughout this, residents have been woken up to somebody standing in their house," said Beaven-Desjardins. "In some occasions there were assaults taking place or sexual assaults taking place. When someone enters your home where you feel safe .. and you're awoken to a predator, I'd say this is one of the most heinous crimes."

On one occasion a vehicle was stolen, which police believe was used in other break-ins.

Police say the arrest came as the result of an "exhaustive" investigation. Beaven-Desjardins said it took "tedious" work for police to link the common threads of each of the multiple break-ins.

Police believe there may be more victims and want to speak to anyone who believes there may have been a break in on their property. 

"Some of these victims woke up having no idea that someone was in their house," said Beaven-Desjardins.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-2222, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477),

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