Six children were victimized by an Edmonton man, police say. Charges of sexual assault, sexual interference and making and transmitting child pornography have been laid.
ALERT’s Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) laid the charges against 21-year-old Imesh Ratnayake.
He is accused of contacting children online and meeting them in Morinville and around the Edmonton area, between September 2021 and June 2022.
“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,” ICE said in a statement.
Victims are aged between 11 to 13 years.
“We don’t have any information right now to believe he has any personal connection to that town, which makes this that much more, I guess, scary,” said Sgt. Kerry Shima, according to CTV News.
It’s alleged that the accused used Snapchat to find and contact his victims. Police believe that there may be more victims and have asked that anyone with more information contact Crime Stoppers or call the unit at 780-509-3363.
Ratnayake was released with conditions. He was given a court date in Morinville on Aug. 4.
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