Calgary police have charged a 56-year-old man in connection with the sexual assault of three girls.
According to police, they were made aware of the sexual assault allegations last month when two different family members reported it to police. The incidents involved one 12-year-old girl and two 14-year-old girls, police said.
When they spoke with the family member of the 12-year-old, they told police they’d witnessed a conversation on a social media platform between the girl and the man. The family member believed the girl was being sexually abused.
At that time an investigation was launched. During the investigation, police spoke with the family member of one of the 14-year-old girls. They learned she’d been contacted by the same man online and that he allegedly purchased thing for her and sexually assaulted her.
Police allege the man met the girls in the community, he shared his cell phone number and found them on social media. According to police, the man spent alone time with the girls, including paying them money, buying drugs, vapes and food, driving them around the city and touching them sexually.
On Wednesday, Calgary police arrested and charged Stacey Shibley, 56. He’s facing various sex charges in connection with the case.
“The mental and emotional impacts of sexual abuse and exploitation are beyond devastating and can last a lifetime,” said Detective Amy Spence with the CPS Child Abuse Unit, in a prepared statement.
“Holding offenders accountable for their actions is only one part of the success of an investigation. Our priority is to provide victims with the necessary support and resources to ensure a healing path forward and to help educate others about the signs of abuse.”
The girls are receiving support from the Luna Child and Youth Advocacy Centre, police said.
Anyone with information on this investigation should call 403-266-1234.