Suspect in creepy van incidents fails to appear

  • Feb. 8, 2011 3:00 p.m.

The man accused of propositioning a series of women in Nelson from a van late last year was a no-show for his first court appearance today.

A Justice of the Peace issued a bench warrant for Seth Christian, 19, although Crown counsel asked that it be suspended until February 22 so his lawyer could be contacted.

Christian faces one court of invitation to sexual touching and one count of committing an indecent act.

He was released on an undertaking, which included restrictions on where he could go and limited his ability to drive.

The victims ranged from mid-teens to adults. The incidents took place in different parts of the city at different times of day.

Police said a man in a teal coloured van drove up to the women, asked for sex, and demanded they get in. In all, there were about a dozen complaints over five weeks.