A Qualicum Beach man is facing 70 charges in connection with multiple threatening, harassing, and indecent phone and video calls made to women across British Columbia.
Surrey RCMP said the calls mainly targeted women in the Lower Mainland. The calls occurred between November 2017 and April 2018.
On May 16, RCMP arrested Joel Perry, 33, after a “complex and technical investigation.” He was released without charges at that time and a report to Crown counsel was submitted to the BC Prosecution Service.
Then on July 17, the BC Prosecution Service approved a total of 70 Criminal Code offences against Perry, including 31 counts of harassing/indecent phone calls, 18 counts of criminal harassment, 13 counts of uttering threats and eight counts of extortion.
Perry’s next court appearance is scheduled for July 26.
Police said it was a Surrey RCMP officer who identified key evidence linking all the offences. The investigation was conducted in multiple jurisdictions.
These incidents were very disturbing for the victims, many of whom were traumatised and felt unsafe in their own homes, Staff Sgt. Kirk Duncan, of the Surrey RCMP General Investigation Unit said in a statement. “As we move on to the next phase of the judicial process, we hope that the many victims find some closure.