Release Date: March 6th, 2020 - 11:24am
Originator: Constable, Ryan Anderson, Corporate Communications, 905 825 4899
Contact: Constable, Ryan Anderson, Corporate Communications, 905 825 4899
The Halton Regional Police Service has laid multiple charges after a lengthy sexual extortion investigation by the Oakville Criminal Investigations Bureau.
In late December 2019, a female victim was contacted over social media by an anonymous suspect who threatened to post graphic images of the victim if she did not provide sexually explicit images of herself. The victim did not comply with demands and the suspect then posted the graphic images online.
The victim was contacted by the suspect again in March 2020 and the same suspect made another demand for sexually explicit images. Again, the victim did not comply with demands.
After an extensive investigation, a suspect was identified and arrested by police. A 22 year-old male from Hamilton was arrested and charged with the following:
The accused was arrested on March 5, and held for a bail hearing. To protect the identity of the victim, police will not be identifying the accused.
Police would like to take this opportunity to advise any residents who may be faced with similar extortion threats to contact police immediately.
To protect the privacy of the victim, no further details will be provided regarding this investigation.