Sunday 25 June 2017

Garda praised for 'relentless pursuit' of paedophile

Jashua Tremblay
Jashua Tremblay
Laura Larkin

Laura Larkin

A Canadian prosecutor who led a successful case against a predator who groomed an Irish teen online has praised gardaí for their work on the case.

Jashua Tremblay (34) from Fort McMurray has now been jailed for four-and-a-half years for his acts. He was convicted after he travelled to Ireland twice to meet a young teenage girl he had met on the internet.

His case was the first child sex tourism case tried by Crown prosecutor Craig Krieger. He said new laws allowed for the case's successful conclusion.

"Normally only Ireland would be able to prosecute him," Mr Krieger said outside court, CBC Canada reported.

"But because of this special provision, we were able to prosecute him here for the sexual contact with a child."

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The lawyer also praised the work of gardaí who were the first law enforcement agency to deal with the case.

"I really want to give credit to the police in Ireland. Even though they knew from the beginning there was a slim chance of them seeing the accused face to face," he said. "But they put a tremendous amount of effort to prove the identity of who this adult was who had come to violate one of their kids."

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A senior source told Independent.ie Tremblay's arrest and imprisonment was a result of a "relentless pursuit" by gardaí.

It is understood the investigation was launched when people living in the area noticed inappropriate behaviour between the two. Without the intervention by neighbours "the case may never have come to light let alone end up in a prosecution", the source added.

"This case highlights the level of engagement in these cases and shows that international borders don't hinder an investigation like this."

During the investigation it emerged Tremblay convinced the girl they were in a legitimate relationship and told her he wanted "100 kids". When in Ireland the pair stayed in hotels, a campsite and a holiday home.

Neighbours living near the holiday home alerted gardaí when they became suspicious about the level of affection between the two. It is understood Tremblay told gardaí initially he was the girl's father.

Edmonton Law Courts in Alberta heard he sent her naked images and encouraged her to reciprocate. The girl's father said his daughter had been brainwashed by Tremblay.

Irish Independent

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