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7 people face 65 charges related to child exploitation in Portage

7 people face 65 charges related to child exploitation in Portage
7 people face 65 charges related to child exploitation in Portage

Seven people have been charged with 65 counts in connection with a child exploitation investigation, according to the Manitoba RCMP.

According to police officials, between February 2 and June 4, RCMP in Portage received a report that a young girl had been seen in the city with older men.

Officers were reportedly able to locate the teen, along with another, who were both allegedly being exploited in a human trafficking operation. Both girls were 15 years old.


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RCMP investigation revealed that an adult female had befriended the teens and offered to hang out with them and some of her friends, where it is believed they would obtain drugs and money.

The girls reportedly trusted the woman and were at her home between June 2023 and December 2023.

Mounties say a man was in the home at the time, offering drugs and sometimes money in exchange for sexual acts. The woman also received payment in drugs, including methamphetamine and cocaine.

It is believed that the girls were locked in the woman’s house several times and were unable to escape.

According to the RCMP, the exploitation also included the girls and men sending nude photos, and other forms of communication via Snapchat and Facebook Messenger.

Officers executed 10 search warrants in Portage la Prairie for devices. During the searches, officers also found and seized methamphetamine, cocaine and 13 weapons.

According to the Manitoba RCMP, seven people have been charged with a total of 65 charges as a result of the search.

  • Chasity Nicole Assiniboine, 43, of the Long Plain First Nation, faces 11 charges including child luring, human trafficking of a person under 18, profiting from sexual services provided by a person under 18 and soliciting a person under 18, to name a few.
  • Sean Michael Boak, 40, of Portage, faces 13 charges including child luring, sexual assault, possession of child pornography and cocaine trafficking, to name a few.
  • David Guy Howard Taylor, 40, of Portage, is charged with 14 counts including child luring, sexual assault, cocaine trafficking and weapons possession.
  • Scott Joseph Taylor, 34, of Portage, faces two charges including providing sexual services to a person under 18 and unsafe storage of a firearm.
  • Wesley Clayton Roulette, 44, of Portage, faces seven charges including child lure, sexual assault, sexual interference and obtaining sexual services from a person under 18.
  • Alexander Paul Lidster, 39, of Portage, faces 10 charges including child luring, sexual assault, possession of child pornography, profiting from sexual services and cocaine trafficking, to name a few.
  • Finally, Frank Peter Justin Tecza, 39, of Portage, is charged with eight counts including child lure, sexual assault, obtaining sexual services from a child and cocaine trafficking, to name a few.

According to the RCMP, all seven were known to each other.

Police officers believe there may have been more casualties as a result of the above incidents.

“Information has led officers to believe that a currently unidentified 13- or 14-year-old female has also been exploited by this group. We are asking anyone with information regarding this operation or a survivor to contact the Internet Child Exploitation Unit at 204-984-3129,” said Inspector Shawn Pike, Investigative Services Officer for RCMP Major Crime Services.

“If you think this isn’t happening in your community, think again,” added Constable Kirandeep Hira of the ICE unit. “This is human trafficking and it’s happening all over Manitoba. We all need to do our part to protect those who have been trafficked. If you see something, say something. Those involved in the production or exchange of child pornography are also found all over our province and we are committed to bringing anyone who exploits children to justice.”

Police officers say the investigation is still ongoing.

If anyone needs resources, they can contact the Community Health Clinic Sexual Abuse Crisis Line at 204-786-8631 or call toll-free at 1-888-292-7565.

Klinic can also be used as a safe third party to report sexual assaults. These reports are then provided to law enforcement without the survivor’s identifying information.