Sunday 18 March 2018

Man charged with sex tourism after ‘flying to Ireland for sex with 13-year-old girl’

Jashua Robert Tremblay Photo: ALERT
Jashua Robert Tremblay Photo: ALERT
Brian O'Reilly

Brian O'Reilly

A CANADIAN man has been charged with sex tourism after twice flying to Ireland to allegedly have sex with a 13-year-old girl.

The Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team began investigating the case last year after they were given information by the gardai.

Joshua Robert Tremblay (33) was formally charged on Wednesday.

It is alleged that he met the 13-year-old girl on the web, and began chatting with her.

Police say they have no reason to believe the girl lied about her age.

It’s alleged Tremblay travelled here twice in late 2013 to have sex with the girl.

He was arrested here on his second visit before being deported.

Gardai then handed the file to Canadian police.

He was arrested on Wednesday under Canadian laws which allow prosecution of those who commit sexual offences against children in other jurisdictions.

In a statement, the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team said:

“A lengthy ALERT investigation with Ireland’s national police service has resulted in child sex tourism charges against a Fort McMurray man, who offended on an underage victim in Ireland.

“ALERT’s Internet Child Exploitation unit, an integrated team consisting of Edmonton Police Service and RCMP members, concluded the investigation on December 9 with the arrest of a 33-year-old Fort McMurray man. Jashua Robert Tremblay has been charged with sexual interference, luring, and child sex tourism.

“This is the first time ALERT has laid charges under child sex tourism, which was added to the Canadian Criminal Code in 1997. Under the code, Canadian citizens and permanent residents can be prosecuted in Canada for certain sexual offences committed against children in other countries.

“ALERT alleges that Tremblay twice travelled to Ireland to have sex with a girl he met on the internet. The alleged offenses date back to late 2013 when the victim was 13 years old.

“Ireland’s Garda Síochána first became aware of the offences and opened an investigation in late 2013. The RCMP National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre in Ottawa became involved in February 2014 and referred the file to ALERT. ALERT undertook the complex process of attempting to identify the suspect, which they were able to confirm recently and make an arrest.”

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