Man, 26, facing 16 charges over alleged sexual relationship with minor


LONDON, Ont. — A 26-year-old man from London, Ont., is facing more than a dozen charges in an alleged child exploitation case.

Police allege he met a young girl through a church in the city in August 2018 and the two began to talk through text and Instagram over roughly a year.

They allege the pair exchanged nude photos and later met in person “a number of times.”

Police say they were notified earlier this month and arrested the suspect a few days later.

He’s facing 16 charges, including three counts of luring a person under 16 and four counts each of sexual interference and sexual assault on a person under 16.

Other charges include invitation to sexual touching with a person under 16 and possession of child pornography.

The man is due in court to face the charges on March 23. Police are asking anyone with information on the case to come forward.

The Canadian Press