The cell phone of a man accused of sexual assault and luring a child is being analyzed by Saskatchewan police to determine if more charges involving other children are warranted.
According to the Saskatchewan internet child exploitation (ICE) unit, officers received a complaint on Sept. 9 about a man “enticing a 16 year old female from the Saskatoon area through a popular online chat application to engage in sexual activity at a local hotel or other location.” During the investigation, members of the unit identified the girl, who said the male suspect assaulted her in his hotel room in June. Police say investigators also determined that the man “had been grooming the young female through the exchange of naked pictures after they became online friends.”
Police identified a suspect, and a man was arrested on Sept. 24 by North Battleford RCMP. The investigation, including analysis of the man’s cell phone, is continuing, according to police.
Charges of sexual assault, luring a child and making explicit material available to a child have been laid against Oakley Blackstar, a 63-year-old man from the North Battleford area.
Blackstar appeared Wednesday in Saskatoon provincial court. He was released on conditions and ordered to appear again on Oct. 22.
The Saskatchewan ICE unit is made up of investigators from the RCMP, Saskatoon police, Regina police and Prince Albert police.
Published on:October 1, 2020
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