Arrest - Saskatchewan Internet Child Exploitation Unit Investigation - North Battleford

The Saskatchewan Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Unit has charged a North Battleford man with luring and related offences. Members of the ICE Unit began an investigation regarding an adult male who was attempting to meet with a 12 year old female for a sexual purpose.

The offences occurred between January 11, 2023 and January 15, 2023. On January 19th, members of the ICE Unit executed a search warrant at a residence in North Battleford where electronic devices were examined and seized.

As a result of police investigation, Joseph FARNELL 44 years, was charged on January 19th. He has been charged with:

  • Luring a child S.172.2(1)(b)
  • Invitation to Sexual touching S. 152
  • Obtaining Sexual Services for Consideration S.286.1(2)

FARNELL was released on numerous conditions and court appearance is March 13, 2023

Court info number: 90496132

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.

For media inquiries contact; S/Sgt. Tim Failler, Saskatoon Police Service, 306-986-6164.