Ottawa man charged in death of girl, 11, had been blackmailing her parents over sex trafficking with other girls, police say

The man charged in the death of an 11-year-old Ottawa girl who visited Calgary to entertain undercover officers allegedly tried to intimidate the girl’s parents, threatening to publicly shame them. Ottawa police revealed that…

Ottawa man charged in death of girl, 11, had been blackmailing her parents over sex trafficking with other girls, police say

The man charged in the death of an 11-year-old Ottawa girl who visited Calgary to entertain undercover officers allegedly tried to intimidate the girl’s parents, threatening to publicly shame them.

Ottawa police revealed that the man, 33-year-old Kyle Trevor Denholm, had been charged with one count of murder, two counts of offering a threat to cause death, two counts of extortion, five counts of breach of a recognizance and two counts of kidnapping.

He was arrested on Feb. 26 in Calgary and charged with extortion and indecent acts in relation to a different girl. The other girl, who was about five years old, was not taken to Calgary.

Online court records don’t list an attorney for Denholm, whose next court appearance will be on March 14 in Ottawa.

Ottawa police said they had received a “suspicious death report” about a young girl last summer, the Ottawa Citizen reported. In July, officials learned that the 11-year-old and another young girl, who was 14 years old, were in Calgary to entertain undercover police officers.

In a statement to The New York Times, police said the 10-year-old girl “was sexually exploited by Denholm during her stay in Calgary.” The statement continued: “Denholm was in charge of the trip, where the 10-year-old was invited by the other young girl to sleep at his home on July 16, 2018. On that same day, Denholm posted online that the children had sexually assaulted him while he was sleeping. He threatened the 10-year-old victim’s parents and reported the sexual assault to the victims’ parents.”

Investigators learned of the comments after the second girl contacted police saying that she was also sexually exploited during her visit to Calgary, police said.

The second girl, who also travelled to Calgary, was not harmed.

Read the full story on The New York Times.

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