A married father of two pleaded guilty to the sexual offense charges against him. 40-year-old Muhammad “Bilal” Khan appeared in front of the Melbourne Magistrates Court via video link on Tuesday, July 20. The court heard that the man had been terminated from his place of work after reports of charges against him became public. Having pleaded guilty, the serial offender faces sentencing next week.

Khan, who had migrated from Pakistan to Australia in 2009, had been charged for attacks on women between 2015 and 2019. His first offense reportedly took place on Feb. 8, 2015. A woman attending the St Kilda Festival said that she suddenly felt something warm on her back. When she turned around, she saw Khan buttoning up his pants. She realized that he had masturbated and ejaculated on her. The victim reported the incident but it took investigators years to identify the suspect.

The second time Khan’s sexual offense was reported was in 2017. Striking again on Feb. 8, 2017, Khan ejaculated on a woman traveling from Flinders Street to the Royal Melbourne Hospital. She reported that the man felt her up while she was on the tram and ejaculated on her.

Khan attacked another woman at Brunswick Festival in Melbourne on March 4, 2018. He repeated his actions by publicly masturbating and ejaculating on the victim.

Surveillance footage captured Khan sexually assaulting a woman on Oct. 18, 2019. The video captured him inappropriately touching the victim at Carlton Club in Melbourne, the Daily Mail reported. The footage helped investigators identify the serial offender. Based on DNA and reports from Khan’s other victims, police were able to charge him for multiple offenses.

On July 15, Khan pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual touching and one count of indecent assault. Returning to court on Tuesday, Khan’s lawyer Amelia Beech informed the court that her client had been terminated from his job.

The Australian reported that after Khan was charged with sexual offenses in 2019, he was fired as the IT team lead at Bendigo’s Kangan Institute. He eventually was hired by financial services and insurance company AB Phillips. He was earning 120,000 Australian Dollars ($88,175) per year. He was terminated from AB Phillips on Monday, July 19.

While he has been found guilty, he is yet to be sentenced. He will likely be sentenced to a community corrections order when he returns to court on Tuesday, July 27.

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