RCMP look for victims of a man charged with sex offenses

Surrey RCMP advises the public that several sexual offence related charges have been laid against a 38-year-old Coquitlam resident and investigators are looking to potentially identify victims who are currently unknown by investigators.

Joel Scarff was arrested on Jan. 2 and charged with four counts of sexual interference and two counts of Invitation to sexual touching on multiple persons under the age of 16.

Following his last court appearance on January 23, Scarff was released from custody on several conditions set to ensure the safety of the public including no contact with his victims and young persons. He is prohibited from attending areas where young people can expect to be present (i.e. parks, playgrounds, and schools) or being employed or volunteer in a position that involves trust or authority towards young persons. He is not to be present with anyone under the age of 16 unless in the immediate company of an adult who has been informed of his charges. SCARFF’s next scheduled court appearance is set for Feb. 6 at Surrey Provincial Court.

Scarff is alleged to use social media to meet and date women where he subsequently met his younger victims. Police identified that Scarff resided in the Coquitlam area, however, is known to have frequented various areas throughout the Lower Mainland.

Based on the method that Scarff is alleged to have made contact with his victims, Surrey RCMP is concerned that there may be more victims that have yet to come forward.

Surrey RCMP are requesting that anyone who has met Joel Scarff through social media, or has any further information regarding him to please contact the Surrey RCMP’s Child Abuse and Sexual Offence Unit at 604-599-0502 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS if you wish to remain anonymous.

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