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Cab driver faces child exploitation charges

A St. Albert cab driver is facing numerous child exploitation offences after an investigation alleges he was trying to form sexual relationships with teenage girls. The St. Albert RCMP and the Integrated Child Exploitation Unit (I.C.E.

A St. Albert cab driver is facing numerous child exploitation offences after an investigation alleges he was trying to form sexual relationships with teenage girls.

The St. Albert RCMP and the Integrated Child Exploitation Unit (I.C.E.) arrested a local cab driver after allegations of multiple child exploitation offences.

RCMP allege a 68-year-old cab driver would provide free rides and gifts to teenage girls, contacting the teenagers through his cellphone in an attempt to form relationships for a sexual purpose.

Imam Buksh has been charged with transmitting child pornography, luring a child for a sexual purpose, making an arrangement to commit a sexual offence against a child, attempt to commit a sexual assault on a child and counsel to attempt to commit sexual interference.

“Currently St. Albert RCMP have no information to suggest Buksh offended on any of the teenagers, but acknowledge Buksh has provided cab rides to other young people and there could potentially be other victims,” the RCMP said in a release.

Buksh is scheduled to appear in St. Albert provincial court on Monday, April 16.

The RCMP are encouraging anyone with information about this investigation to come forward and contact the St. Albert RCMP at 780-458-7700,.

Anyone with information about any child exploitation offence is encouraged to contact local police, cybertip.ca or Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), by internet at www.tipsubmit.com or by SMS (check your local Crime Stoppers www.crimestoppers.ab.ca for instructions).