A former Kamloops resident has been charged with 11 counts of sexual assault and one count of assault following an investigation that began in the fall of 2020.
Joel Eric Carlson, 28, who now lives in Chilliwack, was arrested on Friday, July 30 and was scheduled to appear in provincial court that day.
Kamloops RCMP Const. Crystal Evelyn said that in late September of 2020, several Kamloops victims came forward after Vernon RCMP arrested a man for offences related to sexual assault and forcible confinement.
At the time of the arrest, a public safety advisory was issued, along with Carlson’s photo, asking anyone who may have information about the offences to come forward due to the nature of the allegations.
In August 2020, Vernon Mounties investigated an allegation of sexual assault in which a teenaged victim connected with a man through a social media platform.
The accused allegedly portrayed himself as being younger than his actual age and the victim agreed to meet with him in person, which is when the alleged sexual assault occurred.
As a result of that advisory, Kamloops RCMP received several reports of alleged sexual assaults involving Carlson.
“Having multiple victims come forward in Kamloops made this a complex investigation,” KamloopsRCMP Sgt. Nestor Baird said, noting the case was assigned to the general investigation support team, which was assisted by the serious crime unit.
“This investigation and the number of victims who came forward following the public safety advisory reminds us of how many sexual assaults occur that are never reported to police for numerous reasons,” Baird said. “We are again asking anyone who may have information about this individual to please contact your local police.”