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UPDATE: ICE Arrest Leads to Sexual Assault, Luring Charges

Edmonton… An Edmonton man who was charged last week with numerous child exploitation offences has been re-arrested after additional victims came forward with information.

Justin Georges Stephen Coulombe, 33, was taken into custody on Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017, by ALERT’s Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Unit with assistance from the Edmonton Police Service. The arrest came after two more victims were identified and interviewed. Additional charges laid against him include four counts of sexual interference and one count of invitation to sexual touching.

Since ALERT’s original release about Coulombe was issued on Aug. 1, the ICE Unit has had numerous tips from the public forwarded to them from local police and Crime Stoppers. The victims who came forward this week recounted past incidents of sexual offences. As with the previous cases, ICE has no evidence in these new cases to suggest victims were lured while Coulombe was posing as a Catholic priest.

“We would continue to encourage anyone with any information – no matter how old it is – to contact their local police or Crime Stoppers,” says Det. Brian Cross of the ICE Unit. “Regardless of how much time has passed, that information is still very important to our investigation.” Tips can also be submitted online at www.cybertip.ca.

Coulombe remains in custody until a new bail hearing, which is scheduled for next week.

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 the Calgary Police Service, Edmonton Police Service, Lethbridge Police Service, Medicine Hat Police Service, and RCMP work in ALERT.

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Notice to media: The original release from Aug. 1 is available by clicking here.

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