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Area man charged after allegedly luring, assaulting young victims

Accused used social media to befriend underage girls, OPP says; police worry there could be more victims


Members of the Nottawasaga detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Major Crime Unit have laid charges in connection to a sexual assault case and they believe there may be more victims.

The investigation has revealed that numerous incidents occurred involving three young female victims. The victims were all contacted and befriended on social media.

Platforms that were used are Instagram, Discord, Xbox Live and Snapchat. The known online username was “emptygoatdemon.”

As a result of the investigation, 19-year-old Curtis Gamble, of Innisfil, has been charged with the following:

  • Produce child pornography
  • Sexual assault (four counts)
  • Threaten to cause bodily harm/death
  • Forcible Confinement
  • Choking overcome resistance
  • Distribute child pornography (two counts)
  • Criminal harassment (two counts)
  • Child luring (two counts)
  • Invitation to sexual touching (two counts)
  • Make explicit material available to a child under 16

The accused is currently being held pending a bail hearing on April 4.

Police are requesting anyone who may have additional information or believes that they were a victim of a similar circumstance to contact the Nottawasaga OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). When you contact Crime Stoppers, you remain anonymous, you will never have to testify and you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

“The members of the Nottawasaga OPP Major Crime Unit are often tasked to investigate serious offences against persons. The unit is dedicated to ensuring the safety and well-being of victims of crime while offering them assistance throughout both the investigative and court processes,” said Det.-Sgt. Sarah Vance. “If you or someone you know has been the victim of a crime, please do not hesitate to contact the police for assistance. Officers are trained to support victims during what is often the most difficult time of their lives.”

In addition to the Major Crime Unit, the OPP has a team of dedicated officers within the Victim Response Support Unit (VRSU). Members of the VRSU provide oversight and guidance to investigators throughout domestic violence and sexual assault investigations to ensure a victim-centred and trauma-informed approach.