Arrests and more charges laid in RCMP investigation of father making his daughter available to men for sexual purposes.
“Three men have been arrested in relation to an ongoing investigation involving the procurement of a youth for sexual purpose. Numerous charges have now been laid against the father who was allegedly making his daughter available to these men for sexual purposes,” said Cpl. Annie Linteau.
This investigation began in May 2011 when information was received that a young girl was being sexually victimized. Her 46-year-old father was arrested on July 22 and has since been charged with three counts of sexual assault, two counts of sexual interference, two counts of living on the avails of prostitution, one count of sexual exploitation and one count of a parent or guardian procuring sexual activity. The man remains in custody and will be appearing in court in September for a bail hearing. The man’s name is not being released as a publication ban is in effect.
Throughout this investigation, members of the Penticton RCMP identified men that were allegedly receiving sexual services from the young woman. Three of those men have since been arrested. The first man, aged 34, was arrested on July 28 and is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 12. The second man, aged 67, was arrested on July 30 and is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 7. The third man, aged 63, was arrested on Aug. 12 and is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 12. Their names will not be released pending charge approval. All three men are from Penticton and were not known to police. All three were released on a Promise to Appear and are not to be in the presence of anyone under the age of 16.
The Penticton RCMP Victim Services and the Ministry of Children and Family Development are continuing to assist and provide support to the young woman. The investigation is continuing and further arrests could be anticipated.