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Edmonton… At least six victims of child luring and sexual assault have been identified following an ALERT Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) unit investigation into an Edmonton man.
The Internet Child Exploitation unit alleges that Imesh Ratnayake was involved in a series of child luring instances that are believed to have taken place in Morinville and the Edmonton area. The 21-year-old man allegedly met the youth online and lured them into performing sexual acts.
ICE alleges that Ratnayake targeted young girls via the social media application Snapchat. He was able to perpetuate the offences by gaining access to the victim’s contacts, in some instances through extortion.
One of the victims was just 11 years old.
Zebra Centre for Child Protection and Morinville RCMP have helped with the investigation, which began in June 2022. Ratnayake was arrested on July 7, 2022.
ICE has reason to believe there are additional victims and is releasing photos of the suspect and his vehicle, a 2011 Acura CSX, which was used in some of the offences. Ratnayake would have been known to his victims as the Snapchat user “islandsauce0129” or “monked.ruffy”.
ICE is looking to identify and speak with potential victims and witnesses. Anyone with information about this investigation is encouraged to call ICE at 780-509-3363, their local police, or anonymously at Crime Stoppers.
The charges against Ratnayake include:
Ratnayake was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in court on August 4, 2022 in Morinville.
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.