A Fort McMurray man who pleaded guilty to flying to Ireland twice to have sex with a teenage girl is expected to be sentenced Tuesday afternoon.
Ireland’s national police service first became aware of the offences and opened an investigation in late 2013. The RCMP National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre became involved and in February 2014 passed on the file to the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT).
ALERT’s Internet Child Exploitation Unit (ICE) wrapped up the investigation in December 2015 and arrested Jashua Robert Tremblay.
It was the first time ALERT had laid charges under child sex tourism, which was added to the Criminal Code in 1997. It means Canadian citizens and permanent residents can be prosecuted for certain sexual offences committed against children in other countries.
Tremblay, 34, recently pleaded guilty to two counts of child luring, one count of sexual interference and two counts of breach of recognizance.
He will be sentenced at the Edmonton Law Courts. (bw)