Justin Georges Stephen Coulombe. Undated web image

More sex-related charges against former Langley man who posed as priest

Additional alleged victims located after police make public appeal

A former Langley resident who posed as a member of the Catholic clergy has been charged with additional sex-related offences.

Justin Georges Stephen Coulombe, 33, was re-arrested Thursday, Aug. 3, by Alberta’s Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT) Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Unit with assistance from the Edmonton Police Service.

A police statement said the arrest came after two more victims were identified and interviewed.

The additional charges laid against Coulombe include four counts of sexual interference and one count of invitation to sexual touching.

Since ALERT’s original release about Coulombe was issued on Aug. 1, the ICE Unit said it has had numerous tips from the public forwarded to them from local police and Crime Stoppers.

As with the previous cases, ICE said it has no evidence in these new cases to suggest victims were lured while Coulombe was posing as a Catholic priest.

“We would continue to encourage anyone with any information — no matter how old it is — to contact their local police or Crime Stoppers,” says Det. Brian Cross of the ICE Unit.

“Regardless of how much time has passed, that information is still very important to our investigation.”

Tips can also be submitted online at www.cybertip.ca.

Coulombe will remain in custody until a new bail hearing, which is scheduled for next week.

CTV News reported the new counts are in connection with alleged offences in Edmonton.

A person who lived next to Coulombe told CTV News that he’d told them he was a monsignor in a church, a claim that upset church officials.

“Our priests are good and faithful men. This kind of thing tarnishes their reputation,” said Lorraine Turchansky of the Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton. Turchansky confirmed earlier this week that there was no record of Coulombe having been ordained.

Coulombe moved from Langley to Edmonton at the beginning of 2017. Investigators believe there may be more victims in B.C.

Police said they have seized multiple electronic devices from the home. Preliminary forensic work revealed the devices contained child pornography, investigators said.

The investigation began after one of the alleged victim’s mother’s came to police.

“The investigation began after the mother of one of the alleged victims came forward to police with information about sexually graphic messages that had been exchanged online for several months,” the statement said.

ICE alleges that the relationship with the boy then became sexual, while the offences against the second teenage boy were solely committed online.

– with files from CTV News


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