Dutch Man Arrested for Online Sexual Offences Against Alberta Youth
Lethbridge… An international child exploitation investigation that began in Alberta has led to the arrest of a man in Rotterdam, Netherlands. At least five victims have been identified, including a Lethbridge youth.
ALERT’s Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Unit worked alongside the Lethbridge Police Service and National Police Netherlands on the case that involved online sexual extortion. A suspect was arrested in Rotterdam on July 4, 2018.
“This investigation shows that there are no boundaries when it comes to tracking down suspects who victimize children,” said Detective Aat Both, Dutch Child Exploitation Team, National Police Netherlands.
The investigation stems from an online sexual extortion case involving a 14-year-old Lethbridge boy. The suspect met the victim met via an online social media platform and, at first, the victim believed he was speaking with a 14-year-old girl.
However, the suspect allegedly coerced the victim into sending sexually explicit photos, which progressed into threats and extortion for more photos. Eventually the victim came forward and reported the sextortion to the Lethbridge Police Service in April 2017.
Lethbridge Police worked with ICE on the investigation and forensic technicians were able to identify the suspect via information gleaned from the victim’s cell phone.
National Police Netherlands arrested a 28-year-old man and charged him with threatening a minor to commit lewd acts, and possession, production, and dissemination of child pornography. Under Dutch privacy laws, the suspect cannot be named.
Since his arrest, National Police Netherlands was able to identify four other victims who suffered under similar circumstances.
Anyone with information about this investigation or any child exploitation offence is encouraged to contact local police or cybertip.ca.
ALERT was established and is funded by the Alberta Government and is a compilation of the province’s most sophisticated law enforcement resources committed to tackling serious and organized crime. Members of Calgary Police Service, Edmonton Police Service, Lethbridge Police Service, Medicine Hat Police Service, and RCMP work in ALERT.