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Bus predator back in the news, targets girl

Martin van den Hemel   May-23-2018

Leonardo B French

Courtesy Richmond RCMP


An elderly Richmond man who was first caught targeting a young girl on a transit bus in 2003, now stands accused of doing much the same.

Leonardo Da Vancouver was convicted of fondling a young girl aboard a 98 B-line bus in 2003.

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Then in 2006, he was sentenced to a 30-day conditional sentence for sexual assault. He had been under police surveillance when he targeted two women aboard a bus during a ride from Vancouver to Richmond.

Investigators at the time said his modus operandi involved targeting visible minority women of Asian descent and he would rub himself against them.

Last week, the same man, who now goes by the name Leonardo B French, was charged with sexual assault and sexual touching of a person under the age of 16.

According to Richmond RCMP Cpl. Dennis Hwang, French was arrested on Tuesday, May 15 after police were called to the 5000 block of Granville Avenue for a report of a sexual assault that occurred on a Coast Mountain transit bus.

French, described as an overweight Caucasian man, was allegedly seen groping a young girl.

Two Good Samaritans followed the suspect after he left the bus. The Coast Mountain bus driver was instrumental in helping the victim until police arrived.

“The victim was shaken but physically unharmed,” Hwang said.

Around 10 minutes after the incident, Mounties found and arrested the suspect without incident nearby.

French, who is also known by the name Victor Leonard Boudreau, is well known to police and is know to use public transit.

Investigators believe there may be additional victims, who possibly also use public transit but who haven’t contacted police.

If you know of someone who was victimized by French, call investigators at 604-278-1212 and quote file 2018-14907.

In 2006, French was barred from going to River Rock Casino Resort, from having physical contact with anyone other than his wife, and was banned from possessing or consuming alcohol.

A sample of his DNA was also catalogued in a sex offender registry.

His criminal history also includes a driving prohibition for following two teenage girls, as well as another assault conviction that landed him a four-day jail sentence. In that case, he was originally charged with sexual assault.


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