Cambridge man arrested in Jamaica on child sex tourism charges
'Lengthy investigation' leads to 1st child sex tourism charge laid by Waterloo police
A 54-year-old Cambridge man was arrested in Jamaica and extradited to Canada to face a range of charges related to child sex tourism, Waterloo police say.
Authorities said the man has been returned to Waterloo Region where he is dealing with charges that include sexual interference, invitation to sexual touching and making and importing child pornography.
Police allege the offences happened between 2004 and 2009 while the man travelled in Jamaica. This marks the first child sex tourism charge to have been initiated by Waterloo police.
Jamaica has a fugitive apprehension team and they tried to locate [the man] for us.- Staff Sgt. Michael Haffner, Waterloo police
Staff Sgt. Michael Haffner with Waterloo police told CBC News the man was first arrested by Jamaican police on Feb. 15 following a "lengthy investigation" by Waterloo authorities.
"Jamaica has a fugitive apprehension team and they tried to locate [the man] for us," Haffner said.
That launched the extradition process, which led to Waterloo police sending two officers down to the island nation. The accused was taken into Canadian custody on March 2 and travelled back to Canada with authorities via airplane, Haffner explained.
The officer credits the "tenacity of investigators" for working to get the man in custody for his alleged crimes.
The arrest came after a lengthy joint investigation with the RCMP, Ontario's Ministry of the Attorney General and with the help of the Jamaican Constabulary Force, who found the man, according to Haffner.
Investigators never stopped
The child sex tourism law, which came into effect in 1997, means that Canadians and permanent residents can be prosecuted in Canada for crimes committed in other countries.
"What sex tourism is, it applies to all forms of sexual exploitation, whether or not it's commercial in nature," Haffner said. He added this case relates to an individual who resided in Jamaica, but Waterloo police also "housed" evidence in relation to the alleged crime.
"As a result of a previous investigation [the man] was involved in, investigators continued that investigation and identified these allegations relating to offences that may have occurred between 2004 and 2009 while [he] travelled to Jamaica."
The man appeared in court for a bail hearing Thursday.
Haffner said they also believe Jamaican police will continue their investigation.