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Child sex tourism charge laid against Alberta man

A Fort McMurray, Alta., man is facing a child sex tourism charge following a lengthy investigation involving Edmonton police, RCMP and Ireland’s national police service.

First time police have laid this type of charge in Alberta

Members of the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT) Internet Child Exploitation Unit charged a Fort McMurray man with child sex tourism . (CBC)

A Fort McMurray, Alta., man is facing a child sex tourism charge following a lengthy investigation involving Edmonton police, RCMP and Ireland's national police service.

Jashua Robert Tremblay, 33, is also charged with sexual interference and luring,

It's the first time the province's Internet child exploitation unit has charged anyone with child sex tourism, an offence added to the Canadian Criminal Code in 1997 which allows Canadians to be prosecuted for sexual offences committed against children in other countries. 

Police believe Tremblay travelled to Ireland twice to have sex with a girl he met online, the first in late 2013 when the victim was 13 years old.

Irish police became aware of the situation and opened an investigation in late 2013, police said in a news release Thursday.

The RCMP National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre in Ottawa became involved in February 2014 and referred the file to police in Alberta.