Tuesday 21 November 2017

Canadian dad flew to Ireland for sex with 14-year-old

Jashua Robert Tremblay pleaded guilty to three charges under Canadian child sex tourism legislation
Jashua Robert Tremblay pleaded guilty to three charges under Canadian child sex tourism legislation

Allison Bray and Amy Molloy

A Canadian father who admitted to flying to Ireland twice to have sex with an Irish teenager whom he groomed online is to be sentenced today in Canada.

Jashua Robert Tremblay, (34), from Fort McMurray, Alberta, had pleaded guilty to two counts of child luring, one count of sexual interference and two counts of breaching conditions under Canada's child sex tourism legislation.

The father of one met the girl online in 2013 and began communicating with her through a messaging app, the Court of Queen's Bench in Edmonton heard.

After flattering the girl, who was 13 at the time, he began to have sexual conversations with her and sent naked pictures of himself, encouraging her to reciprocate, according to the 'Edmonton Journal'.

He also sent explicit audio messages about sex acts he wanted to engage in with her.

"I'm serious, I want to have a hundred kids," Tremblay told the girl, adding that he would put her body to "good use", the court heard.

He flew to Ireland twice in 2013 and took her away from home during school breaks.

Tremblay was later identified by gardai as a suspect and was arrested in Fort McMurray in December 2015 when Canadian police were alerted.

Crown prosecutor Craig Krieger urged that Tremblay be sentenced to five years incarceration, while defence lawyer Dan Chivers is calling for a four-year prison sentence.

A sentence is expected to be handed down today.

The court heard the victim was just 13 when he began grooming her.

He initially told her girl he was 16 but revealed his real age before travelling to Ireland.

Tremblay flew to Dublin on two occasions and each time travelled to south Kerry.

'The Kerryman' newspaper reported that concerns were raised in 2013 by local residents when the pair were spotted at a rental accommodation.

He was reported to gardaí by a local who became suspicious of the pair's relationship.

It is understood that when Mr Tremblay was questioned in the company of the girl, he initially claimed he was her father. However, he was subsequently arrested in another jurisdiction and was deported.

Gardaí then began a major joint Irish-Canadian investigation. The girl was interviewed by gardaí who examined her computers and mobile phone when they discovered Tremblay had been using his real name on social media to contact her.

Explicit sexual images were also discovered, which Tremblay initiated, the court heard.

Irish Independent

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