A Calgary man is facing a number of sex-related offences involving two teenage girls.
Police say early this year a 15-year-old girl met up with a man in south Calgary, who she had made contact with through a social media app called Whisper.
The man invited the girl to his home in the southwest community of Woodbine, where she was allegedly sexually assaulted. The girl went to police about the incident in April.
In February, another girl came forward to report a similar experience. The 15-year-old met the same man through the same social media app and was allegedly sexually assaulted at his home.
Police say the victim went back to the home a second time, where the man forced himself on her again. The second victim approached police in October.
Staff Sergeant Melanie Oncescu said the suspect had not posed as a teen during the interactions, but had pretended to be younger than his real age.
“It’s always concerning when adults are taking advantage of young girls. It’s concerning,”Oncescu said.
Initial charges against Patrick Wilson were laid in August. He now faces additional charges, including sexual assault and luring.
The Calgary police service is providing parents with the following tips to make sure their children are safe online:
- Make sure you know what your children are doing on their devices and understand the apps they are using
- Be able to recognize all of the app icons on your children’s device and know what they link to
- Set up a contract with your children, outlining your expectations before giving them access to a device
- Know the age restrictions that exist for many social media sites
-With files from Melissa Gilligan