Tuktoyaktuk man set to face child-luring, extortion charges

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Police in the Northwest Territories say a man from Tuktoyaktuk is set to face charges of extortion and luring a child.

The unidentified 35-year-old was arrested on Tuesday in Tuk. His arrest is part of an internet-based investigation launched in March, involving the RCMP’s Internet Child Exploitation Unit.

A police statement on Thursday did not elaborate on what the suspect is alleged to have done, except to add: “At least five other victims have been identified, all approached by an unknown profile through social media.”

The suspect has been released on a promise to appear in court at a later date. The investigation continues.

“Advances in technology allow police to find and prosecute perpetrators of these types of crimes,” said RCMP in a statement.

“The Northwest Territories RCMP is committed to bringing to justice those who use technology to inflict harm on others.”

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