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.

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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. 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.  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 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.

The man appeared in court for a bail hearing Thursday.

 

Source: CBC News