A New Zealand man has been arrested and charged with blackmail offences in relation to a London investigation into child exploitation.
In May 2013, members of the London Police child exploitation unit started an Internet luring investigation as a result of a complaint received from a 16-year-old London girl.
The girl said she had begun communicating with an unknown man online and was convinced to share inappropriate images of herself. Police say he then made attempts to extort the girl into performing sexually explicit acts online.
That's when she went to the cops.
Investigators were able to obtain the suspect’s information and learned that he was residing in New Zealand. London police notified the authorities there and in November they executed a search warrant at the home of Keith Jock Wickliffe.
Wickliffe was arrested and subsequently charged with blackmail offences in New Zealand in relation to the London investigation. There were two additional young female victims also identified, who were both residents of New Zealand.
The charges are yet to be proven in court.
London Police Service is a member of the Provincial Strategy to protect children from sexual abuse and exploitation on the Internet.