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Joint investigation leads to 76 charges for Kingston man

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Project Shamrock, a joint investigation between Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and Kingston Police, continues to investigate instances of victim luring through social media platforms. One person has been charged so far.

According to a release from the OPP, in January 2022 Kingston Police were made aware of an individual luring victims through social media platforms. A thorough investigation was conducted by the Provincial Human Trafficking Intelligence-led Joint Forces Strategy (IJFS) from the Kingston Police, Ottawa Police Service, Peterborough Police Service and the OPP Digital Forensics, OPP stated.

“Initially, ten victims were identified and provided with aid through a victim services agency, and they are now in a place of safety,” OPP reported. “Police identified additional victims, resulting in further charges being laid. The investigation was supported by Kingston Victim Services and the OPP IJFS Victim Specialist (of the OPP Victim-Centred Approach Team).”

As part of this ongoing investigation, Michael Mark Haaima, a 38-year-old male resident of Kingston, was recently charged with the following offences:

  • Sexual assault- eighteen counts;
  • Unlawfully access child pornography – five counts;
  • Obtaining sexual services for consideration – four counts;
  • Forcible confinement – four counts;
  • Assault – three counts;
  • Harassment by watching and besetting;
  • Overcome resistance to offence/attempt to choke – three counts;
  • Criminal harassment by communication;
  • Sexual assault with choking – four counts;
  • Uttering threats/death or bodily harm – four counts;
  • Compulsions to commit bestiality;
  • Mischief under $5,000;
  • Invitation to sexual touching – two counts;
  • Sexual interference – two counts;
  • Procuring/person under 18 years;
  • Trafficking of a person under 18 years;
  • Obtaining sexual services for consideration under 18 – four counts;
  • Overcome resistance to commit sexual assault;
  • Sexual assault cause bodily harm;
  • Luring for invitation to sexual touching;
  • Luring for making child pornography;
  • Aggravated sexual assault – two counts;
  • Make child pornography – two counts;
  • Make available child pornography – two counts;
  • Possess child pornography – three counts;
  • Extortion – two counts;
  • Assault with a weapon; and,
  • Voyeurism.

“The success of Project Shamrock is an important message that as a policing community, we continue to be committed to investigating and holding those that commit these predatory crimes accountable,” said Kingston Police Chief Antje McNeely. “We will work tirelessly to help reduce victimization and protect the most vulnerable in our communities. I wish to thank our policing partners for their unwavering dedication and ongoing work in this important area.”

“The IJFS was created to support victims and hold traffickers accountable for their crimes and that objective was achieved,” added Deputy Commissioner Chuck Cox, Provincial Commander – OPP Investigations and Organized Crime. “IJFS members conducted a thorough investigation, demonstrating the importance of law enforcement partnerships to rescue victims from exploitation. Our communities are safer because of this team’s dedication.”

Haaima is being held in custody. According to the release, police suspect there are other victims and are urging anyone with any additional information to contact the OPP non-emergency number at 1-888-310-1122 or their local police. If you or someone you know may be a victim of these crimes, call 9-1-1 immediately.

The Canadian Human Trafficking Hotline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-833-900-1010. Human trafficking resources are available at canadiancentretoendhumantrafficking.ca.

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  • July 11, 2022 at 3:33 pm
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    Well done, police forces, in cooperating to stop this monster.

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