Logging, sexual assault charges for man after meeting youth on Snapchat

The suspect began regularly communicating with the young man via the app, scheduling personal meetings

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Calgary police have accused a man of harassment and sexual assault after an investigation found that a young man had been abused for several months by someone he met on Snapchat.

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The male victim reported to police in May, he met a man he had not previously known on Snapchat a year and a half ago. The suspect then began regularly communicating with the youth through the app planning personal meetings, a Calgary Police Service press release said Wednesday.

The CPS child abuse unit launched an investigation and found that the suspect arranged to meet the youth once or twice a week between June 2020 and May 2021. They would meet in the suspect’s vehicle, a green Volvo, a white pickup truck or in a van. camp trailer.

Police said their investigation found that while the two were alone, the young man was sexually assaulted and forced to do sexual favors for money.

Joshua David Klassen, 34, was later charged with one count of sexual assault, two counts of obtaining sexual services from a minor and one count of luring a minor.

Klassen is scheduled to appear in court on Monday.

Police said the victim received resources and support through the Lunar Children’s and Youth Advocacy Center.

CPS urges anyone who believes they are a victim of sexual assault to report it. There is no limit to how long a victim must report abuse.

dshort@postmedia.com

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