A St. Catharines man who allegedly sexual assaulted an underage youth in Burlington was charged on Friday.
A joint investigation by the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT) Internet Child Exploitation unit and the Niagara Regional Police Service found the suspect sexually assaulted an underage youth he met via the internet.
Police say the victim was lured and groomed online before the two met in Edmonton, where she was sexually assaulted with photos and video of the offences posted online later.
The alleged offences, which occurred over a period of several years from approximately 2012 to 2014, took place in Burlington, St. Catharines and Edmonton.
The ALERT ICE unit believes other victims in those communities exist.
Jason Anderson, 41, was arrested on April 29 by members of the Provincial Repeat Offender Parole Enforcement (ROPE) Squad with assistance of the NRPS Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) unit.
He’s since been transported to Alberta and has been charged with sexual assault, assault, sexual exploitation and making child pornography.
Anderson appeared in Calgary court on May 4 and was released on bail.
The investigation, which dates back to 2018, remains ongoing.
Any potential victims, witnesses or anyone with information about this investigation is asked to call the Niagara Regional Police Service at (905)-329-8354, ext. 1009128 or anonymously at cypertip.ca.