A 54-year-old man has been charged with numerous offences following a human trafficking-related investigation involving a youth under the age of 16.
Greater Sudbury Police said due to the sensitive nature of the incident and in order to protect the survivor’s identity, no further details will be provided.
Police say they began the investigation May 25, and the next day, on May 26, GSPS executed a search warrant at an address in the Lockerby area.
Involved in the search warrant were GSPS’ Integrated Crime Team and its Missing Persons Investigator from the Major Crime Section of its Criminal Investigation Division, assisted by members of its Emergency Response Unit.
As a result, the 54-year-old man was arrested and charged with the following offences:
- Sexual Assault
- Forcible Confinement
- Luring a Person Under the Age of 18
- Communicating with Person Under the Age of 18 for the Purpose of Obtaining Sexual Services
- Procuring Sexual Services from Person Under 18
- Fail to Comply with Probation Order
- Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking – Schedule I Substance
- Trafficking of Cocaine
- Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000.
He appeared in bail court May 27 to answer to the charges and he has since been remanded into custody.
Based on the investigation, there are concerns that there may be other survivors. If you have any information related to this incident or this individual, please contact our Criminal Investigation Division at 705-675-9171.
If you have experienced a Sexual Assault, you have various options for reporting the incident(s) to police when you are ready to do so.
In the case of an emergency, if you are in danger or need medical assistance or if the incident just took place/the person responsible is nearby, phone 911 immediately.
If you are reporting a sexual assault after the fact and you do not believe that you require immediate assistance, phone 705-675-9171 or report it online through the online reporting option at www.gsps.ca.
Under the reporting heading you will find a page dedicated to Sexual Assault reporting with additional information including a Sexual Assault Survivors Guide.
“We know that this is a very difficult time for survivors and we want to provide you with the assistance, resources and support that you require,” said police.