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Man used gigs to "prey" on women: court

AAP logoAAP 1/09/2016 Caitlin Guilfoyle

A man accused of sexually assaulting two teenagers at separate Selena Gomez concerts in Melbourne has allegedly "found a niche" in preying on girls at music gigs.

Martin Victor Lathouwers has been charged with seven offences over alleged incidents at CBD concerts dating back to September 2015.

The 30-year-old was denied bail in the Melbourne Magistrates' Court on Thursday, after police raised concerns he could reoffend.

Lathouwers, of Altona, is accused of touching two 16-year-old girls on the bottom at a Parkway Drive concert in September last year.

He allegedly rubbed himself against a 22-year-old woman at a Steel Panther gig in June this year and is accused of poking a 27-year-old woman's bottom with his finger at a Drowning Pool concert in July.

The most recent allegations relate to a Selena Gomez performance last month.

First Constable Joel Meakin-Jones said Lathouwers attended the concert at Margaret Court Arena on both August 6 and 7.

He is accused of tickling a 14-year-old girl's bottom twice during the first gig, and allegedly groped a 17-year-old at the second event.

The alleged offending showed a pattern of behaviour focused on music festivals and concerts, the police officer said.

"The accused appears to have found a niche in this regard," First Const Meakin-Jones told the court.

"He uses these concerts to prey on young women."

Lathouwers was allegedly found in possession of eight tickets for coming events, including Ellie Goulding and Bullet for My Valentine in October.

He is charged with six counts of sexual assault and one count of indecent act with a child under 16.

He told the court he had advertised his upcoming concert tickets on eBay after media reporting of the alleged assaults.

"I no longer want to attend in case something like this accusation happens again," Lathouwers said.

Lathouwers is unemployed and receives Centrelink benefits, the court was told.

Police say he spends most of his time in his room playing computer games and chatting with associates online.

Lathouwers is due to reappear in court on September 29.

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