Neighbours of the 20-year-old labourer charged in the Bloor and Dixie sexual assaults yesterday described him as "shy" and "timid," a man who "always seemed to have a smile on his face."

He faces 31 charges in connection with attacks in the Bloor Street and Dixie Road intersection since last September, on females ranging in age from 10 to 53.

Yet his neighbours -- even the sister of one of the victims -- can't see that in the demeanour of the man charged.

"If you were to see him or to talk to him, you wouldn't think he could do that," said a 21-year-old woman whose teenage sister thought him a friend before she learned he had been charged in her molestation.

The charges -- which include one count of threatening death -- prompted investigators with the force's 25-person task force investigation the case to drop a public warning bulletin issued earlier this year.

Police now say the serial sex assaults date back to September and involve female victims ranging in age from 10 to 53.

On seeing a photograph of the man charged, Havenwood residents remembered the many girlfriends who visited his rooms, the blaring rap and salsa music, and the parties the man held with his roommate.

Others talked of running into him at the elevators as he took his black pit bull for a walk.

"He seemed genuine enough -- a bit timid," Greg Bracewell, 37, said. "He always seemed to have a smile on his face."

Mr. Bracewell also recalled spotting the man outside a nearby school with his dog in a cluster of trees.

Peel Regional Police have charged Hernan Aguirre -- a Colombian landed immigrant who has lived in Canada for two years -- with 15 counts of sexual assault, two counts of sexual interference, eight counts of forcible confinement, five counts of wearing a disguise and one count of threatening death.

He appeared for a bail hearing Saturday in Brampton but was remanded into custody.

He is scheduled to appear in court again today.