N.L. man charged with luring women in Alberta

A 33-year-old man from this province is facing 22 charges in Alberta in relation to luring women online. Police were made aware of the man last April when a woman from Grand Prairie reported to authorities that she had met a man online who had abused her and then extorted over $300,000 from her. RCMP officers identified four more women who had been victimized since then. Police say the accused built a relationship with the women over time, who say they found him very charming at first, but that he used that charm to manipulate them and force them into things. Additional charges are expected to be laid on top of extortion, fraud, sexual assault, assault, uttering threats, bestiality and injuring or endangering animals. Police say that because the accused met his victims online, they are appealing to the public to encourage any other potential victims (which they believe exist) to come forward.

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