Man faces numerous sexual assault charges following Kamloops investigations

Kamloops City

2021-07-30 14:41 PDT

File # 202-32919

A warrant was executed on a former Kamloops man charged with 11 counts of sexual assault and one count of assault following an investigation that began in the fall of 2020.

In late September, several Kamloops victims came forth after Vernon RCMP arrested a man for offences related to sexual assault and forcible confinement. At the time of the arrest a public safety advisory was issued encouraging anyone who may have information about the offences to come forward due to the nature of the allegations. As a result of that advisory, Kamloops RCMP received several reports of sexual assaults involving the same accused.

Having multiple victims come forward in Kamloops made this a complex investigation, said Sergeant Nestor Baird of the Kamloops RCMP Serious Crimes Unit. As such, it was assigned to the General Investigation Support Team which was assisted by the Serious Crime Unit. This investigation resulted in the BC Prosecution Services approving charges, and a warrant of arrest was issued July 29, 2021.

Joel Eric Carlson, 28, who currently resides in Chilliwack, faces 11 counts of sexual assault and one count of assault. Earlier today, July 30, 2021, Carlson was arrested on the warrant in Chilliwack by members from the Kamloops and Chilliwack RCMP Detachments, and he will be appearing in Provincial Court on these charges on Friday July 30, 2021.

This investigation and the number of victims who came forward following the public safety advisory, reminds us of how many sexual assaults occur that are never reported to police for numerous reasons, said Sergeant Baird. We are again asking anyone who may have information about this individual to please contact your local police.

Even before this investigation began the Kamloops RCMP realized the importance of creating a dedicated sex-crimes investigator position responsible for reviewing and engaging in sexually related offences reported to the Detachment. In January 2021, Constable Rachel Buliziuk was named as the successful applicant for this new role. Since starting in the position, she has already assisted with numerous investigations ranging from child pornography to all different sexually related crimes.

The sex-crime investigator position is an important one at our detachment for many reasons, with one of the most important aspects being that survivors of sexualized violence will now receive more consistent and dedicated oversight into their investigations, Sergeant Baird added.

The success of any investigation ultimately starts with the survivors, said Cst. Buliziuk.

We know it’s not easy to come forward about these types of offences, but we want you to know that we are here for you. Whether you are an alleged victim of this accused person, or of an instance completely unrelated to this, we want to help you through the investigative process and start your path to healing, she added.

Even if a victim is not ready to proceed with criminal charges, they are still encouraged to report any suspected sexual assault to police. Along with being able to offer and refer supports, officers can also collect data and information that may be able to assist in identifying more victims and helping to protect others. The Kamloops RCMP can be reached at 250-828-3000, or please call 911 for emergencies.

Those who have or know someone who has experienced sexual violence and needs support, can call the Kamloops Sexual Assault Counselling Centre Crisis Line for local and confidential support available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at 1-888-974-7278.
 

See the original Vernon RCMP media release regarding Carlson: https://bc-cb.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/ViewPage.action?siteNodeId=2130&languageId=1&contentId=66105
 

Released by

Cst. Crystal Evelyn

Media Relations Officer
Kamloops RCMP
kamloops.rcmp-grc.gc.ca
560 Battle Street, Kamloops, BC V2C 6N4
Office: 250-828-3000
Fax: 250-828-3034

Email: Crystal.Evelyn@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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