A Fort McMurray man is the first Albertan to be charged with sex tourism after allegedly travelling to Ireland to have sex with a 13-year-old girl.
Jashua Robert Tremblay, 33, was charged with sex tourism, two counts of sexual interference and luring after a lengthy and complex investigation by the Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) unit of the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT) consisting of RCMP and Edmonton police officers.
Tremblay is accused of travelling to Ireland twice in late 2013 to have sex with a girl, who he met online and was 13 at the time.
This is the first time ALERT has laid charges under child sex tourism, which was added to the Canadian Criminal Code in 1997. Under the code, Canadian citizens and permanent residents can be prosecuted in Canada for certain sexual offences committed against children in other countries.
The investigation, which also included Ireland’s national police service, concluded on Dec. 9.
Ireland’s Garda Síochána first became aware of the offences and opened an investigation in late 2013. The RCMP National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre in Ottawa became involved in February 2014 and referred the file to ALERT. ALERT undertook the complex process of attempting to identify the suspect, which they were able to confirm recently and make an arrest.
At this point of the investigation, ICE investigators do not believe any Albertans were victimized. However, anyone with information about this investigation, or any child exploitation offence is encouraged to contact police or cybertip.ca.