Airdrie, Alberta- Airdrie RCMP General Investigation Section and Crime Reduction Unit, along with the ALERT Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) team has arrested a Calgary man following allegations of internet luring and a sexual assault involving an underage girl.
On September 14, 2016, the Airdrie RCMP responded to a complaint of sexual assault made by a teenage girl. The underage girl had met the suspect through social media, where he identified himself as a 34 year old man named ‘George’. They began communication via a cell phone app, and arranged to meet in Airdrie, where the offences occurred. With the information provided, the Airdrie RCMP liaised with Calgary ICE and did an undercover operation in order to obtain further evidence.
Investigators were able to identify the suspect as 45 year old Terrence LO from Calgary. On September 21, 2016, he was arrested by the RCMP outside an Airdrie restaurant, where he resisted arrest but was eventually detained without further incident.
LO has been charged with the following 8 offences:
A Judicial Interim Hearing was done with LO, where he was released by a Justice of the Peace on his own Recognizance with strict release conditions, including no communication with any child under the age of 18. His next court appearance is scheduled for Airdrie Provincial Court October 6, 2016.
The RCMP would like to credit the underage victim for coming forth to the police and filling a complaint. Her brave actions should encourage other victims to come forward and seek help if they have been exposed to any type of sexual exploitation, whether it be internet related or otherwise.
ICE investigates offences involving child pornography, any computer-related child sexual abuse, child luring over the Internet, voyeurism involving victims under the age of 18, and child sex trade/tourism. ALERT was established and is funded by the Alberta Government to bring together the province’s most sophisticated law enforcement resources to tackle serious and organized crime. Nearly 400 municipal police, RCMP, and sheriffs work for ALERT.