|Dawson Davidson, pictured here in 1986, has been arrested in Vancouver and charged with assault and sexual assault on two women. Davidson was sentenced to eight years in prison for being the Annex Rapist in Toronto in the mid-1980s. (QMI Agency files)
TORONTO - The Annex Rapist, who terrorized Toronto women during the mid-1980s, is in custody in Vancouver.
Dawson Davidson, 45, is charged with assault and sexual assault of two women.
Davidson was described as a carpenter working on the set of the TV show Smallville. He was charged with an assault last July and another that allegedly occurred between November 2008 and March 2009, according to news reports.
Vancouver Police did not respond to requests for information about the arrest, and his lawyer, David Butcher, couldn’t be reached.
In 1986, Davidson pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated sexual assault and one count each of sexual assault with a weapon, unlawful confinement and robbery.
He was sentenced to eight years in jail for his six-week spree in 1985 that saw three women attacked in Toronto, and a fourth in Vancouver.
District Court Judge David Humphrey said in his ruling that Davidson “is an intelligent man and was in control of his actions,” and then noted that he was “a failure in a family of achievers” after failing his studies in McGill University.
His mother, Diana Davidson, was a prominent Vancouver lawyer and a member of the Order of Canada, while his stepfather, Mark Battersby, was a college professor.
Davidson ended up destitute in Toronto, living in a rooming house after flunking university.
Humphrey said Davidson became “for a short period of time, a very dangerous man.” Court heard the 1985 attacks were “relentless, horrific assaults” involving weapons, masks and confinement.
One victim was assaulted twice in separate attacks. In the second attack, court heard the woman was sexually assaulted while she was bound, gagged and blindfolded.
In the first attack, the woman was assaulted in an underground garage. She had a knife put to the throat before her hands and feet were bound and a sock put in her mouth before the attacker fled with her wallet.
In the Vancouver attack, he allegedly threatened to kill his bound and blindfolded victim if her three-year-old child didnąt stop crying.
The man then freed his victim and gave her his knife, asking if he could return at a later date “under different circumstances,” and gave her his first name, court was told.
In 1996, Davidson was charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault of a sex worker by Vancouver police. He was found with a rape kit that included tape, a knife and other potential weapons when arrested by Vancouver police responding to the calls of a woman screaming in a back lane.
When police arrived, they found a neighbour holding a man at bay with a bicycle pump.
The woman, battered and bleeding, her ear almost severed, said a man picked her up in an area frequented by prostitutes, drove her to the lane and began beating her and trying to tie her up.
Davidson was sentenced to a year in prison following appeal of a four-year term in 1997.