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North Battleford man charged with sexual assault, child luring

A North Battleford man is facing charges in a Saskatchewan Internet Child Exploitation Unit investigation.

On September 9th, ICE received a complaint that an adult man was in contact with a 16-year-old female in the Saskatoon area. Police allege that the man was using a popular chat app to convince the victim to engage in sexual activity at a local hotel or other location.

The victim says the suspect took her to a hotel, where he sexually assaulted her. The investigation also found that the suspect had allegedly been grooming the young woman by the exchanging of naked pictures.

The accused was not found to have a fixed address, so an arrest warrant was issued. The suspect was arrested by North Battleford RCMP on September 24th.

63-year-old Oakley Blackstar, from the North Battleford area, has been charged with alleged sexual assault, luring a child to facilitate an offence and making explicit material available to a child.

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The accused’s cell phone was taken upon his arrest and will be used for forensic analysis and to possibly identify other child victims. The ICE unit is asking any young females who may have had similar involvement with Blackstar to reach out to them via their local RCMP.

Blackstar appeared in Saskatchewan Provincial Court in Saskatoon on September 30th and was released on numerous conditions. He will appear again in court again on Thursday, October 22, 2020.

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