Laval police searching for potential victims of sexual crimes

By The Canadian Press

Laval police believe that a man they arrested July 2nd as part of an investigation into sex crimes against teenage girls – may have had other victims, possibly elsewhere in Quebec.

Last Tuesday, Laval police arrested 21-year-old Laurent Bélanger. He has since been charged with luring a child, sexual interference, invitation to sexual touching and sexual assault.

Photo of Laurent Bélanger (Credit: Laval Police)

According to authorities, Bélanger approached his alleged victims on social media in order to forge ties with them – establish trust – and meet them – during which he reportedly engaged in sexual contact.

“Once trust had been established, the suspect would have arranged meetings with the victims, during which he would have engaged in sexual contact,” Laval police said in a press release. These allegations have not yet been proven in court.

Police specified that their investigators came into contact with alleged victims in several cities across Quebec, so that the management structure for investigations into serial crimes, coordinated by the Sûreté du Québec, was deployed.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the Laval Police Info Line at 450-662-4636, or 911.

Bélanger is due back in court August 26th.

–This report by La Presse Canadienne was translated by CityNews

Photo of Laurent Bélanger (Credit: Laval Police)

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