Calgary online offender arrested following a Cross-Canada investigation

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A Calgary man has been charged with a number of offences, including child luring, extortion, and counselling suicide, following a cross-Canada investigation involving ALERT and the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT) said.

ALERT’s Internet Child Exploitation unit and the OPP’s Child Sexual Exploitation Unit (CSEU) coordinated on a six-month investigation where an Ontario girl reported she was sexually extorted and harassed online. The offences date back a period of five years when the victim was 11 years old.

According to a statement released by ALERT, The victim reported receiving unsolicited messages from an unknown suspect on various social media channels. The messages were both sexual and violent in nature. Initially the victim was pressured into sending sexually explicit photos, and when the victim relented, the suspect allegedly threatening to kill the victim’s family. Further, the suspect coerced the victim to attempt suicide.

The investigation identified an Alberta-based suspect and a Calgary home was searched on October 21, 2021.

The statement further added that Brody Provost, 28 years old, was arrested and charged withcounselling suicide, extortion, intimidation, child luring, harassing telecommunication, uttering threats, making child pornography, distribution of child pornography, possession of child pornography, accessing child pornography;, and making explicit materials available to a child.

A number of electronic devices were seized from Provost’s Calgary home and will be subject to expert forensic analysis. Police are exploring the possibility of identifying other victims.

ALERT was established and is funded by the Alberta Government and is a compilation of the province’s most sophisticated law enforcement resources committed to tackling serious and organized crime.

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