Lethbridge Regional Police have charged a 14-year-old boy in connection with a three-month investigation into online harassment and threats.
In February police responded to a complaint from two 13-year-old girls and a 14-year-old girl who reported receiving numerous harassing, sexually explicit and threatening messages via their social media accounts. The girls were demanded to provide sexually explicit photos of themselves and were told if they didn’t comply, their social media accounts would be compromised and they would be physically harmed.
A lengthy investigation by School Resource Officers, with assistance from ALERT’s Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Unit, resulted in the identification of a young male subject and the seizure and analysis of various electronic devices.
Earlier this month police attended a Lethbridge home and a 14-year-old boy was arrested without incident.
The boy, who cannot be identified, is charged with three counts each of extortion and child luring and one count of making sexually explicit images available to a child. He was released from custody with several conditions, including a prohibition from using any electronic device capable of accessing the internet or sending or receiving text messages.
He is scheduled to appear in court May 21.
For more information about online safety parents, teachers and kids are encouraged to visit http://www.thedoorthatsnotlocked.ca
For media inquiries contact:
Sgt. Dan Walton
Community Resource Unit
Lethbridge Regional Police Service