27-year-old Calgary music teacher Mr Christian Sarile (it’s always music teachers for some reason) has now been accused by 49 girls of sexual assault, of whom 22 are minors.
Ever since his arrest this year, Calgary police have been able to identify 19 more underage victims of him, bringing the total number of accusers to 49.
Staff Sergeant Ms Melanie Oncescu of the Calgary police child abuse unit stated her surprise at the great number of victims: “We haven’t had many circumstances where we’ve laid this many charges”
“It’s certainly a first for us in terms of volume of charges laid.”
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Staff Sgt. Melanie Oncescu speaking on 49 new charges against Christian Sarile, already facing charges related to inappropriate online relationships with underage girls <a href="https://t.co/UkBlmFnsQg">pic.twitter.com/UkBlmFnsQg</a></p>— Bryan Passifiume (@BryanPassifiume) <a href="https://twitter.com/BryanPassifiume/status/943897378465095680?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 21, 2017</a></blockquote>
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In May of this year, Mr Sarile was first charged with three counts each of sexual interference, sexual assault and other related offences in connection with inappropriate relationships with two girls aged as young as 13 and 14 years old. Then on Thursday, the Calgary police department stated that 19 new victims had come forward since the music teacher’s arrest and that the charges would be increased to include sexual assault, luring children under the age of 16, accessing and distributing child pornography and extortion.
Ms Oncescu explained furthermore that most of Mr Sarile’s victims were friends of mutual friends on social media. In all case, the music teacher would pose as a young teen male online and solicit sexual images and favors from children as young as 12 in exchange for cash or gifts.
“He would try to engage friends of their friends and befriend them that way.”
“He would engage these females online and then make arrangements to meet them in person.”
The suspect used social media platforms including Askfm, Snapchat and Instagram using the screen names josh.c234, bmyles, bmyles23, Brandon, mike.reele, avgjoe2 and a-rod.