The Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team says a man from Calgary is facing a number of sex assault and child pornography charges after an alleged relationship with a teenage boy in Lethbridge he met on the Internet.
An investigation began after a complaint was made to Lethbridge police in March by the teen’s parents after they allegedly found sexually explicit messages, photos and videos on the boy’s computer.
Officers searched a home in Calgary and seized electronic devices and computers which contained a number of child sexual exploitation photos.
The ALERT Internet Child Exploitation Unit says an online relationship began when the boy was 14 and lasted two years, eventually becoming physical.
Laurence Bouwmeester, 61, was arrested on Tuesday and is to appear in court on Sept. 2.
Bouwmeester is charged with sexual assault, sexual interference, luring to make child pornography, luring for sexual assault, making child pornography, possessing child pornography, accessing child pornography and making sexually explicit material available to a child.
ALERT says more victims may be out there and encourages anyone with information to contact RCMP or Crimestoppers. (twd)