(Stephen Ewing / Nanaimo RCMP)

A Vancouver Island man who was wanted on an outstanding warrant was arrested by RCMP Thursday for multipe counts of sexual assault on sex trade workers in Nanaimo.

According to police, 40-year-old Stephen Bradely Ewing of Port Alberni was taken into custody for three charges of sexual assault causing bodily harm, which are believed to have occurred between March and October, 2018.

The victims of Ewing’s crimes are all women involved in Nanaimo’s sex trade, say police, and investigators are hoping that members of the community who may have information on the incidents will step forward.

“We strongly believe there are people in our community and possibly throughout central Vancouver Island, that may have information which will further this investigation,” said Cst. Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP in a statement.

“For that reason, we are releasing a picture of the accused in hope that it will lead to further tips.”

Ewing appeared before Nanaimo Provincial court on Thursday, and was since released on a recognizance with a $50,000 surety, with a number of strict conditions.

His next court date is set for Tuesday, September 10th, 2019.

Anyone with information on the alleged incidents, or on other unreported incidents, is asked to contact Cst. Mike Baylin of the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345. Alternatively, people can anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.