7 people face 65 charges in connection with child exploitation in Portage

7 people face 65 charges in connection with child exploitation in Portage

Manitoba RCMP say seven people are facing 65 charges in connection with a child exploitation investigation.

RCMP say that between February 2 and June 4, Portage RCMP received reports that a young girl had been seen in the town with older men.

The police reportedly managed to find the teenager, as well as another girl, who were both allegedly exploited as part of a human trafficking operation. Both girls were aged 15.


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During an investigation, RCMP learned that an adult female had befriended the teens and offered to spend time with them and some of her friends where they could obtain drugs and money.

The girls are said to have trusted the woman and visited her home between June 2023 and December 2023.

According to police, at the time, a man was at the victim’s home and offered her drugs and sometimes money in exchange for sex. The woman also received drugs, including methamphetamine and cocaine.

It is believed that on many occasions the girls were locked in the woman’s house and could not escape.

According to the RCMP, the exploitation also included the girls and men sending nude photos, as well as other forms of communication via Snapchat or Facebook Messenger.

Officers executed 10 search warrants in Portage la Prairie for devices. During the searches, officers also located and seized methamphetamine, cocaine and 13 firearms.

Following the search, Manitoba RCMP say seven people are facing a total of 65 charges.

  • Chasity Nicole Assiniboine, 43, of Long Plain First Nation, faces 11 charges including luring a child, trafficking a person under 18, benefiting from sexual services provided by a person under 18 and procuring a person under 18, to name a few.
  • Sean Michael Boak, 40, of Portage, faces 13 charges including child luring, sexual assault, possession of child pornography and trafficking in cocaine, to name a few.
  • David Guy Howard Taylor, 40, of Portage, faces 14 charges including child luring, sexual assault, cocaine trafficking and possession of a firearm, to name a few.
  • Scott Joseph Taylor, 34, of Portage, faces two charges, including obtaining sexual services from a person under 18 and dangerous storage of firearms.
  • Wesley Clayton Roulette, 44, of Portage, faces seven charges including luring a child, sexual assault, sexual interference and obtaining sexual services from a person under 18.
  • Alexander Paul Lidster, 39, of Portage, faces 10 charges including child luring, sexual assault, possession of child pornography, receiving sexual services and trafficking cocaine, to name a few.
  • Finally, Frank Peter Justin Tecza, 39, of Portage, faces eight charges including child luring, sexual assault, obtaining sexual services from a child and trafficking in cocaine, to name a few.

According to the RCMP, the seven individuals knew each other.

The RCMP also believes there may be additional victims related to the alleged incidents mentioned above.

“Police have learned that a 13 or 14 year old girl, who has not been identified at this time, was also exploited by this group. We are asking anyone who is aware of this operation or who is a survivor to please call the Internet Child Exploitation Unit at 204-984-3129,” said Inspector Shawn Pike, Investigative Services Officer with the RCMP Major Crimes Section.

“If you think this isn’t happening in your community, you’re wrong,” added ICE Officer Kirandeep Hira. “This is human trafficking, and it’s happening all across Manitoba. We all need to do our part to protect victims of trafficking. If you see something, let us know. Those involved in the production or exchange of child pornography are also present throughout the province, and we are committed to cracking down on anyone who exploits children.”

The RCMP emphasizes that the investigation is ongoing.

If anyone needs resources, they can contact the Community Health Clinic Sexual Assault Helpline at 204-786-8631 or toll-free at 1-888-292-7565.

The clinic can also be used as a safe third party to report sexual assaults. These reports will then be forwarded to the police without the victim’s identifying information being disclosed.