The General Investigation Section of the Fort Saskatchewan RCMP has arrested and charged a 27-year-old man from Whitecourt with multiple sexual assault and child luring related offences in relation to an alleged sexual assault.
Through investigation, it is believed that the accused used social media accounts bearing the names “Shakenbake_2,” “Shakenbake_3” or any derivative in order to facilitate contact with underage females.
The investigation revealed that the accused began communicating with the 14-year-old victim in January 2020 via the social media apps, Snapchat and Instagram. The accused asked the victim for nude photographs and then sent nude photographs and videos of himself.
The accused’s behaviour escalated and using these social media platforms, the accused made arrangements to meet the victim. The accused took the victim to a secluded area where she was sexually assaulted.
As a result of the investigation, 27-year old Kenneth Bardilas of Whitecourt is charged with the following offences:
• Sexual Assault
• Sexual Interference
• Invitation to Sexual Touching
• Child Luring (x3)
• Accessing Child Pornography
• Possession of Child Pornography
• Possession of Child Pornography for the Purpose of Publication
Additional charges may be pending and police believe there could be more victims in other provinces.
The Fort Saskatchewan RCMP are encouraging anyone who has had contact with Bardilas or has communicated with him via social media (Snapchat or Instagram) to contact the Fort Saskatchewan RCMP at 780-997-7900.
Bardilas’ next court appearance is scheduled for October 29, 2020.