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There are 17 alleged victims. Investigators believe there could be more.

Sex crimes: 64 charges against a Nova Scotian

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The suspect appeared Thursday at the courthouse in Sydney, Cape Breton. (Archive photo)

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A resident of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, faces 64 charges, the majority of a sexual nature.

Paul Thériault Jr ., 45, was arrested Wednesday at a residence in Dominion.

He faces 10 counts of sexual assault, one count of sexual assault causing bodily harm and 11 counts of publishing intimate images without consent, in addition to four counts of luring a child, two counts of human trafficking and two counts of pimping.

In total, there are 16 different types of offenses alleged. He is also accused of trafficking substances, administering substances and unauthorized possession of a prohibited weapon.

The facts alleged to have occurred from 2008 to 2023.

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In total, there are 17 alleged victims.

When a first person contacted police in 2021, an investigation was launched by the Cape Breton Regional Police and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), according to the latter.

At the time, several women said they had been filmed without their consent. The videos were then allegedly posted and sold online.

The RCMP believe there may be other alleged victims.< /p>

In a telephone interview Friday, Constable Dominic Laflamme, of the RCMP in Nova Scotia, encouraged them to contact investigators to testify.

Paul Thériault Jr. appeared Thursday in provincial court in Sydney. He was remanded in custody until his next appearance on December 12.

With information from Kheira Morellon and The Canadian Press

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