19 underage victims of alleged sexual predation come forward
A Calgary man is now facing 49 charges in relation to 22 underage victims of alleged sexual abuse.
On Wednesday, May 3, 2017, the Calgary Police Service Child Abuse Unit announced a man had been charged in connection with three separate cases of underage girls being sexually abused. Following this announcement, 19 new victims came forward to report they had also been victimized.
It is believed that the man would utilize social media sites posing as a young teen male to meet young girls. He would ask them to “chat” through various social media platforms then would offer items or cash in exchange for sexual favours. This included instances of victims sending photos of themselves either clothed, partially clothed or naked.
Numerous social media sites were used, including Askfm, Snapchat and Instagram, with these user names: josh.c234, bmyles, bmyles23, Brandon, mike.reele, avgjoe2 and a-rod.
One incident is alleged to have taken place in 2009, another in 2011, and the remaining are alleged between 2015 and 2017. The victims are females between the ages of 12 and 17.
Following the charges laid in May, the investigation continued and there were additional reports that came to light. During this time, investigators became aware that the suspect was with an underage girl on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, despite his release condition. He was arrested, subsequently charged on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, and remanded. Further charges were then laid on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017.
In addition to the charges laid in May, Christian Allen SARILE, 27, of Calgary is now also charged with the following:
- Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017 – one victim, six charges
- Sexual assault
- Sexual interference
- Invitation to sexual touching
- Three breaches of recognizance
- Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017 – 18 victims, 37 charges
- eight counts of making sexually explicit material available to a child
- 11 counts of communication for the purpose of obtaining sexual services with a child
- three counts of extortion
- five counts of sexual assault
- two counts of sexual interference
- three counts of luring a child under 18
- two counts of luring a child under 16
- two counts of accessing child pornography
- one count of distributing child pornography
SARILE will next appear in court on Friday, Dec. 22, 2017.
The investigation continues. Anyone who has been a victim of sexual assault is encouraged to contact police at 403-266-1234.
- If your child or teenager has access to a smartphone, tablet or mobile device, be sure that you know all the passwords to the devices and any apps or programs they use. You should also be able to recognize the different logos and symbols on their device, know what apps they link to and what the app does.
- If your child is using social media, help them go through security settings in each account to make sure their profiles are private and they have the proper privacy settings. Privacy settings should be set so that only people they are friends with can contact them. You should also be aware of minimum age requirements for different social media platforms.
- Encourage your teens not to accept social media requests from people they don’t know beforehand. And never meet unknown people in person without precautions in place.
- Discuss the challenges of removing photos from the internet. Once they are sent out, you lose control over where they end up.
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- For a list of tips on how to talk to teens about these topics, go to www.cybertip.ca/app/en/internet_safety-for_youth