RCMP allege Steven Alan Ronald Phare contacted more than a dozen 13- to 16-year-old girls through text messages and social media, gave them drugs and then had sex with some of them. They are concerned there are still more victims out there.Police on B.C.’s Sunshine Coast are looking for teenage girls who may have been given drugs or alcohol for sex by a 21-year-old Gibsons man.CBC.CA
.C.’s Sunshine Coast are looking for teenage girls who may have been given drugs or alcohol for sex by a 21-year-old Gibsons man.
RCMP allege the man contacted more than a dozen 13- to 16-year-old girls through text messages and social media.
They allege the individual gave them drugs such as marijuana, cocaine and ecstasy, and engaged in sexual activity with many of them.
The man recently pleaded guilty to one charge of sexual interference involving an incident with a 15-year-old girl that took place in 2014.
In addition, a new charge of child luring was approved by Crown counsel last week and the man was arrested and brought before a Provincial Court judge in Sechelt on Feb. 18.
He was released under a peace bond and must comply with several conditions including:
- No contact with females under 16.
- Not to attend any school, playground or recreation centre where females under 16 are likely to be found.
- Not to possess any device capable of sending/receiving text messages.
- Abide by a nightly curfew.
Const. Harrison Mohr says the circumstances are deeply troubling, and police want to speak with any of the girls involved.
“We believe there may be additional girls out there who were targeted or manipulated, and we’re asking them to contact us.”
“These girls may not feel like victims, however it’s important to know that any sexual contact in these circumstances is illegal, and speaking with police can help to keep other girls safe.”
Police are asking anyone with information to contact the Sunshine Coast RCMP’s General Investigations Section at (604) 885-2266.
- This story has been amended to protect the identity of one of the people who may be involved.Feb 25, 2016 6:05 PM PT