A Sundre man is facing numerous sex-related charges, including child luring, after an investigation by the RCMP’s Internet Child Exploitation Unit.
Sundre RCMP says it was contacted by a local school on Jan. 30 regarding an inappropriate Snapchat message that was sent by an adult to one of the students.
“A concerned student disclosed the photo to his parent who then reported the matter to the school,” said police.
The Sundre detachment along with the Child Exploitation Unit investigated.
Police allege that an adult male had befriended several underage females through several social media platforms. He allegedly sent sexually explicit messages and photos to the female victims which progressed to sexual contact.
A suspect was arrested and taken before a Justice of the Peace. The accused was released from custody with numerous conditions, including to have no contact with the victims or any female under the age of 16 unless a responsible adult is present. Other conditions include being banned from any daycare, school grounds, playground, community centre or other place where children under the age of 16 can be expected, unless a responsible adult is present.
“Allegations such as this are of great concern to the community and to police,” says Sundre RCMP Cpl. Karl Mandel.
“Anyone who thinks that they may also have been a victim of this type of offence should contact the Sundre RCMP or their local police.”
A 24-year-old man is facing two charges each of criminal harassment, sexual interference, invitation to sexual touching, child luring, making sexually explicit material available to a child and possession of child pornography. The man is also facing single counts of sexual assault and possession of marijuana.
He is scheduled to appear in Didsbury provincial court on Feb. 26.
Anyone with information on these crimes is asked to contact the Sundre RCMP at 403-638-3675. If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), by internet at www.tipsubmit.com, or by SMS.