UPDATE: Whitecourt male facing more sexual assault/child luring related charges

Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta – After the initial charges were laid against Kenneth Bardilas, new evidence arose that led police into an extensive and lengthy 7 month investigation. Fort Saskatchewan RCMP’s General Investigation Section (GIS) were able to identify 8 additional underage victims, spanning the Provinces of Alberta, Ontario, and British Columbia. Bardilas utilized the same tactics of reaching out to the victims via social media platforms, then exchanged nude photos with them. He also met in person with 2 of the additional victims.

As a result of this investigation, Kenneth Bardilas was arrested in Whitecourt on March 11th, 2021, and was charged with multiple counts of the following offences:

-Section 152 CC – Invitation to Sexual Touching

-Section 151 – Sexual Interference

-Section 153.1(1) Sexual Exploitation of Person with Disability

-Section 271 CC – Sexual Assault

-Section 163.1(4) CC – Possession of Child Pornography

-Section 163.1(4.1) CC – Accessing Child Pornography

-Section 163.1(2) CC – Making Child Pornography

-Section 171.1(1)(b) CC – Make Sexually Explicit Material Available

-Section 172.1(1) CC – Luring a Child

-Section 264 CC – Criminal Harassment

-Section 372(3) CC – Harassing Telecommunications

Bardilas was brought before a Justice of the Peace where he was remanded into custody. His next court appearance is on April 1st, 2021, in Fort Saskatchewan.

This was a collaborative effort amongst multiple police jurisdictions. The Fort Saskatchewan RCMP would like to thank the RCMP in Whitecourt, Grand Prairie, Williams Lake BC, as well as the Ontario Provincial Police, and the RCMP’s Digital Forensic Section, for their assistance on this sensitive investigation.

Sexual Assault - Sex Crimes
Sexual Assault – Sex Crimes

Insp. Mike McCauley, the Officer in Charge of the Fort Saskatchewan RCMP, said “I want to thank all of the people who worked on this complex investigation. I feel so deeply for the victims and their families. Their healing will take time, but at least it can now start and they can feel safe. These files are challenging from an investigative perspective, but they are also taxing on the officers any time children are involved.”

If you have any information about this or any other crime, please contact the Fort Saskatchewan RCMP at 780-997-7900 or your local police service. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.

Fort Saskatchewan RCMP-GRC

October 15, 2020

Male facing multiple sexual assault/child luring related charges

Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta – The General Investigation Section of the Fort Saskatchewan RCMP have arrested and charged a 27-year-old male in connection with an alleged sexual assault. It is believed that the accused used accounts bearing the names: “Shakenbake_2, Shakenbake_3” or any derivative in order to facilitate contact with underage females.

The investigation revealed that, the accused began communicating with the 14-year-old victim in January, 2020 via the social media “Snapchat” and “Instagram” Applications.

The accused asked the victim for nude photographs and then sent nude photographs and videos of himself. The accused’s behaviour escalated and using these social media platforms, the accused made arrangements to meet the victim. The accused took the victim to a secluded area where she was sexually assaulted.

As a result of the investigation 27-year old Kenneth Bardilas of Whitecourt, is charged with the following offences:

· Sexual Assault

· Sexual Interference

· Invitation to Sexual Touching

· Child Luring x3

· Accessing Child Pornography

· Possession of Child Pornography

· Possession of Child Pornography for the Purpose of Publication

Additional charges may be pending.

Bardilas next court appearance is scheduled for October 29, 2020.

The Fort Saskatchewan RCMP believe there could be additional victims in other provinces. We are encouraging anyone who has had contact with Bardilas or has communicated with him via social media (Snapchat or Instagram) to contact the Fort Saskatchewan RCMP at 780-997-7900.

Fort Saskatchewan RCMP

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