Canadian man charged with child sex tourism in connection with under-age Irish girl

Jashua Robert Tremblay
Jashua Robert Tremblay

A Canadian man has been charged with child sex tourism in connection with an under-age girl in Ireland.

Jashua Robert Tremblay (33) was charged on Wednesday with flying to Ireland to allegedly have sex with a then 13-year-old on two separate occasions in 2013.

ALERT’s Internet Child Exploitation Unit arrested Tremblay on Wednesday in Albert , Canada and charged him with luring, child sex tourism and two counts of sexual interference.

The Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team began their investigations into the matter last year after they were given information by the garda officers. 

It is alleged that the accused met the 13-year-old girl over the internet. He was arrested on his second visit to Ireland before being deported. Canadian police were then handed the file by gardai.

The Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team said in a statement: “A lengthy ALERT investigation with Ireland’s national police service has resulted in child sex tourism charges against a Fort McMurray man, who offended on an underage victim in Ireland.

“ALERT’s Internet Child Exploitation unit, an integrated team consisting of Edmonton Police Service and RCMP members, concluded the investigation on December 9 with the arrest of a 33-year-old Fort McMurray man. Jashua Robert Tremblay has been charged with sexual interference, luring, and child sex tourism.

“This is the first time ALERT has laid charges under child sex tourism, which was added to the Canadian Criminal Code in 1997. Under the code, Canadian citizens and permanent residents can be prosecuted in Canada for certain sexual offences committed against children in other countries.

“ALERT alleges that Tremblay twice travelled to Ireland to have sex with a girl he met on the internet. The alleged offenses date back to late 2013 when the victim was 13 years old.

“Ireland’s Garda Síochána first became aware of the offences and opened an investigation in late 2013. The RCMP National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre in Ottawa became involved in February 2014 and referred the file to ALERT. ALERT undertook the complex process of attempting to identify the suspect, which they were able to confirm recently and make an arrest.”