05/10/2013 19:46 EDT | Updated 07/10/2013 05:12 EDT

Police seek sexual predator posing as water tester

Police in Montreal and Longueuil are looking for a sexual predator posing as a repairman who persuades women to disrobe for a shower in their homes, ostensibly to test the water.

Police say the first reported attack was in 2010. They say a Latin American man, aged between 30 and 45, has used the same modus operandi several times since then, targeting women in Montreal and at least once in the South Shore community of Longueuil.

"Investigators from the sexual assault unit are asking possible witnesses or possible victims to come forward," said Montreal police agent Anie Lemieux. "What investigators need is more information to get possible leads on the suspect."

She said the man calls the women in their homes, saying either that he works for Hydro-Québec or that he is a municipal employee or doing repairs for the landlord, and he needs to come over to check the water, telling them in advance to be prepared to take a shower.

"Once he gets there, he has these women taking a shower or a bath, and he sexually assaults them," Lemieux said.

In a news release, police say the man tries to sexually touch his victims or to observe them while they are in the shower.

Lemieux could not say how many incidents there have been or when the latest occurred. She said the suspect seems to target dark-skinned women.

"The message is call 911" if you get any such call, Lemieux said. "Think of this as something suspicious… if you think you're in the presence of this man, to avoid this happening again."

Anyone with information about this kind of incident is urged to call 911 or the Info-Crime line at (514) 393-1133.