Calgary police have laid charges against a 27-year-old man accused of sexually abusing three underage girls in the city.
The charges come after the family of a 14-year-old girl approached police in December. They said the girl had been meeting with a man in his late 20s and driving around with him.
Police said although investigators spoke with the girl, she didn’t “disclose any criminal offences.”
Police allege the suspect was meeting the girls online using the screen names “Josh” and “Brandon.”
In April, a 13-year-old girl told police that a man had asked her for sexual favours. They were later able to identify two other victims.
“There were several different social media apps that he was using to engage these girls in conversation,” Staff Sgt. Melanie Oncescu said in a Wednesday news conference.
“Any parent needs to be mindful of what social media sites their children are accessing. They should know their passwords to their devices so they can check on them, and have really good conversations about internet safety with their kids.”
“We can’t tell kids to stay off the internet these days … but they need to be mindful of the risks of engaging in conversations with strangers online.”
Police allege the suspect was pretending to be younger than his real age.
Oncescu said as the investigation is ongoing they aren’t sure if there are any other potential victims.
“There always is that possibility,” she said.
Christian Allen Sarile, of Calgary, is charged with three counts each of sexual interference, invitation to sexual touching, sexual assault and obtaining sexual services for consideration from a person under 18 years of age.
He is scheduled to appear in court on June 6.