On Wednesday, Feb. 24, police in Collingwood were approached by a woman in relation to domestic related offences originating in Lindsay.
The City of Kawartha Lakes Police commenced a multi – jurisdictional investigation into an Ops Township man allegedly exploiting domestic partners on internet dating sites.
An investigation lead to the discovery of numerous fictitious social media accounts that were being utilized to spread false information relating to the victims for a sexual purpose. The victims reported that the suspect posed as a retired peace officer to add credibility to his ploy.
The investigation also focused on the possibility that the social media accounts were used as part of an elaborate scheme to convince the victims to become escorts.
Since that time Kawartha Lakes Police Service have continued to investigate the matter with the assistance of investigators as well as victim services from the Ontario Provincial Police in several jurisdictions outside of the Kawartha Lakes area.
As a result 4 more victims have been identified ranging in age from 12 to 48 years of age with charges being laid for offences that have occurred over a 12 year period.
In addition to the original charges, Copeland has also been charged with sexual assault, sexual interference, invitation to sexual touching (for acts committed in relation to the 12 year old), obtaining material benefit for sexual services, procuring a person to offer or provide sexual services and fraud under $5000.
The Kawartha Lakes police can be reached by phone at 705-324-5252.