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Wainwright man charged with online child luring

Last Updated May 13, 2020 at 12:52 pm MDT

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WAINWRIGHT (660 NEWS) – A 30-year-old man from Wainwright has been charged with multiple cases of online child luring.

According to Alberta’s Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) unit, the man allegedly lured and extorted at least three victims through different social media applications.

In one case, the man allegedly met and sexually assaulted one of the victims.

“Increased online activity during isolation puts children at risk of being taken advantage of,” explained Cpl. Kirk Smith of the Wainwright RCMP. “We are asking all parents to be aware of who their children are chatting with online and the type of conversations that are taking place.”

Police received multiple complaints about an unknown suspect in January 2019. ICE became involved in the investigation in April 2020 and working with RCMP to search several areas and eventually arrest a suspect.

The Canadian Centre for Child Protection is reminding young people who may be dealing with online blackmail or extortion to never comply with any threat, stop communicating with the individual and deactivate all accounts.

The Wainwright man is facing several charges, including child luring, sexual assault, extortion and possessing child pornography.

Investigators with ICE are still working on the case, analyzing computers and electronic devices seized from the suspect.

Anyone with information about this investigation or any child exploitation offence is encouraged to contact local police or cybertip.ca.