Police have charged Paul Theriault Jr. with an additional eight offences as the multi-agency investigation by the Nova Scotia Provincial Human Trafficking Unit, the Cape Breton Regional Police Service and the Nova Scotia RCMP continues.
On December 6, investigators, including members of the Provincial Human Trafficking Unit, the Cape Breton Regional Police Service and the RCMP, safely arrested a man at a home in Dominion. The arrest was part of an investigation that began in 2021, when several victims reported that a man was targeting females in the Cape Breton area.
Through the course of the investigation, officers uncovered evidence that females were being video recorded without their consent and that the videos were being posted and sold online.
Seventeen survivors had come forward, reporting incidents that occurred between 2008 and 2023.
In addition to the 64 offences for which Paul Theriault Jr., 45, of Dominion was charged on December 7, he now faces an additional eight charges:
- Posses a prohibited weapon knowing it was prohibited
- Human Trafficking
- Material Benefit from Human Trafficking
- Unlawful Confinement
- Sexual Assault
- Administer a Noxious Thing
- Obtain sexual services
- Procuring a person to provide sexual services
The additional charges were laid as a result of a survivor coming forward to police.
If you’re a survivor, know someone who may be a survivor, or have information related to the incidents, please contact your local police or RCMP detachment. Survivor supports are available, including through Victim Services.
If you’re being, or have been, trafficked, or believe someone you know is being trafficked, call the Nova Scotia Human Trafficking Hotline at 902-449-2425 or the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-833-900-1010. Should you wish to remain anonymous, call Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers, toll-free, at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submit a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca, or use the P3 Tips App.
Note: The Nova Scotia Human Trafficking Unit is comprised of members of the Nova Scotia RCMP and Halifax Regional Police.