Friday, October 7, 2016

Okotoks RCMP say a teacher faces several charges exploiting teen girls for prostitution

Okotoks RCMP have laid a series of charges after they say some local teens were recruited through social media and exploited for sex.

Mounties say the investigation launched by a school resource officer revealed that five teenage girls between the ages of 13 and 16 had been victimized.

The teens are now being helped by Child and Family Services and Foothills Victim Services.

Samantha Pedersen, 23, of High River is facing five counts of trafficking in persons under 18 years, five counts of procuring persons under 18 years, four counts of living off the avails of prostitution, four counts of sexual exploitation of a young person and one count of assault.

Okotoks mayor Bill Robertson called the case distressing.

“My full sympathies go out to the families of those that are involved in this,” he said.

Robertson, who was an elementary school teacher in Okotoks until five years ago, said he might have even taught some of the teens.  (more...)

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