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Police make arrests, lay charges for prostitution activity

Cape Breton Regional Police made the arrests over the course of several weeks; all were released on a Promise to Appear in Sydney Provincial Court on October 5, 2015. A complete list of individuals charged is below.
The investigation, led by the Community Safety Enforcement Unit and with assistance from the Street Crime Unit and Patrols – involved months of increased visibility and foot patrols as well as dedicated investigative resources, including the use of undercover police officers and other specialized tools and techniques. The CBRPS also engaged community partners with Mental Health and Addictions Services, Probation Services and local First Nations, to address the issue from all angles, including the many circumstances leading individuals to become involved in prostitution activity.  
“We are very pleased to have made such a significant impact with the 27 individuals charged so far, but our work is far from over” said Cape Breton Regional Police Chief Peter McIsaac. “We know there are more individuals out there continually exploiting women; it’s something we will continue to take very seriously, and a criminal activity we will absolutely not tolerate.”
The charges are laid in accordance with new laws introduced through Bill C-36, the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act.


The following individuals face a charge of Obtaining Sexual Services for Consideration:

Faris Hamed Alharbi, 26, Sydney

Carl Alexander Bedford, 49, Sydney

Wayne Barry Boudreau, 66, Sydney

Carl Hugh Ellison, 76, Dominion

Frank Peter Gale, 57, North Sydney

Joseph Leonard Harris, 47, Sydney

Carman Douglas Hood, 51, Point Aconi

Hayden Dilwyn Lahey, 66, Catalone

David Wayne Ley, 65, Sydney

David Charles MacDonald, 65, Bay St. Lawrence

John James MacDonald, 70, Big Pond

Shaun Patrick MacDonald, 44, Dutch Brook

Thomas Clevison MacDonald, 60, Northside East Bay

John Howard MacLean, 66, Membertou

Sheldon MacLean, 78, Gardiner Mines

Winston William Matheson, 74, Sydney

Gordon Earnest McLean, 66, Howie Centre

Arthur George Meade, 65, Main-a-Dieu

John Russell Mercer, 72, Sydney Forks

Gerald Roger Muise, 62, Cheticamp

Wayne Clifford Penny, 70, Sydney

Michael Albert Perry, 49, Sydney River

Giuseppi Luigi Pettorelli, 53, Sydney

James Mimi Sifnakis, 81, Sydney

Hisham Fathy Sleem, 40, Sydney

David Reid Timmons, 69, Pleasant Bay

Kenneth Ralph Urquhart, 68, Sydney