How a wristwatch on Facebook helped catch a sexual predator

A picture of a man wearing a watch on Facebook was the key police needed to catch a man who sexually assaulted three women on a bike path in Deux-Montagnes.

Between 2012 and 2017 three women between the ages of 16 and 25 were attacked by a man while they were on a bike path which connects Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac with Deux Montagnes and Saint-Eustache.

During the third attack, which took place in August of 2017, the woman fought back and managed to rip the wrist watch off her assailant.

Investigators created a list of suspects based on known sexual offenders in the area. 

According to information obtained by the Journal de Montreal, linked Patrick Deschênes, 43, to the crimes because his profile picture on Facebook was a picture of him wearing the same watch the third victim ripped from her attacker.

After a DNA test confirmed the watch belonged to Deschênes he was arrested in October 2017.

On Tuesday in Saint-Jerome Deschênes pleaded guilty to four counts of sexual assault and three charges of forcible confinement. He also pleaded guilty to one charge of breaking and entering in connection with the sexual assault of a 67-year-old woman inside her own home.

In 2008 Deschênes was sentenced to two years in prison after a similar sexual assault conviction.

He returns to court in February for sentencing.