(VAUGHN, ON) – Investigators with the York Regional Police Special Victims Unit – Internet Child Exploitation Section, have laid sexual exploitation charges against a 32-year-old man in an ongoing investigation in the City of Vaughan.
The investigation began in August 2016, when a female youth victim came forward to report incidents of Sexual Exploitation. The youth advised that she was groomed into a relationship with the accused who was a youth leader at a mosque. After the passage of time, the victim came forward to investigators with additional information and on Friday, January 17, 2020, the accused was placed under arrest.
An image of the accused is being released to ensure that there are no additional victims or witnesses. Anyone with information in relation to the accused is asked to come forward to police.
As a result, 32-year-old Moredcai Gal, a resident of Vaughn was charged with:
- Sexual Exploitation.
- Sexual Assault.
The accused has been released on bail and is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Newmarket on February 5, 2020.
Sexual exploitation occurs when an individual in a position of trust or authority towards a person under the age of 18 and engages in acts or conduct of a sexual nature with that young person. A sexual assault includes any non-consensual contact of a sexual nature. York Regional Police encourages victims to report incidents of sexual assault, including historical offences.
There is no statute of limitations for sexual offences and offenders can be prosecuted well after the date of the offence. York Regional Police understands that while sexual assaults often cause long-lasting trauma, survivors may have difficulty speaking about incidents with friends, family members, or police officers. We work to bring sexual assault cases to a resolution by conducting professional and thorough investigations, while also providing assistance and the resources necessary to support victims during this period of recovery. If you are the survivor of sexual assault, you can report the incident online if:
- You are not in immediate danger
- The person who assaulted you is not present
- There is no evidence present that may be collected by police (blood, semen, saliva, etc.). Evidence can be collected for up to 12 days after the sexual assault has occurred
- You have access to a private email address, to which the suspect does not
If someone is not ready to report, however is seeking support, please contact York Region Victim Services victimservices-york.org or the Women’s Support Network womenssupportnetwork.ca. Additional resources and information can also be found on our website http://www.yrp.ca/en/services/resources/sexualassaultsurvivorsguide.pdf.
Anyone with information in relation to this investigation is asked to contact the York Regional Police Internet Child Exploitation section at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7078, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-tips, or leave an anonymous tip online at www.1800222tips.com.