The Saskatchewan Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Unit, in conjunction with the Peterborough, Ontario ICE Unit has charged a Regina man with multiple child luring offences.
Between May 10, 2023, and May 18, 2023, a member of the Peterborough ICE Unit, alongside the Saskatchewan ICE Unit, commenced an online investigation using a number of social media platforms.
As a result of the investigation, 37-year-old Warren Gnam of Regina was charged on May 18, 2023 with;
- 2 Counts - Luring a child – 172.1(1)(a) of the Criminal Code
- 2 Counts – Luring a child – 172.1(1)(b) of the Criminal Code
The accused used a number of social media applications under the user names "Captain Canada" and "Warren Gnam."
He was held in custody overnight and appeared in court on May 19, 2023. He was released on numerous conditions until his next court appearance on June 14, 2023 at 9:30 a.m. in Regina Provincial Court.
The Saskatchewan ICE Unit is comprised of investigators from the Saskatchewan RCMP, Regina Police Service, Saskatoon Police Service, and Prince Albert Police Service. Their mandate is to investigate crimes involving the abuse and/or exploitation of children on the internet.
Children are our most valuable and precious members of society. Many victims of child sexual abuse are so young that they cannot tell their story. Every time an image or video depicting that abuse is shared, the child is re-victimized. The Saskatchewan ICE Unit will continue to aggressively identify and pursue individuals who use technology to exploit children.
The Saskatchewan ICE Unit reminds parents of the importance in monitoring your child’s online social media presence and taking a proactive approach to help protect them from online sexual exploitation by discussing internet safety and the disclosure of personal information. Parents can find resources to assist them at cybertip.ca and protectchildren.ca.
If you have information regarding internet child exploitation, contact your local police or report it anonymously to Crime Stoppers online or by calling 1-800-222-8477. Reporting can also be done through cybertip.ca.
For media inquiries contact; S/Sgt. Tim Failler, Saskatoon Police Service, 306-986-6164.