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Regina Scout, church volunteer Nathan Labatt facing sex charges

02/25/2015 12:56 EST | Updated 04/27/2015 05:59 EDT
RCMP have charged Regina's Nathan Michael Labatt with sexual exploitation, invitation to sexual touching, and possession of child pornography after months of investigating. 

On July 29, 2014, Lanigan RCMP received a complaint from a parent who said their son received inappropriate text messages from a man. RCMP in Regina joined the investigation and determined there may be additional victims.

On Jan. 13, police arrested Labatt and he was charged the following day.

The 24-year-old will make his first court appearance in Humboldt, Sask., on March 23, 2015.

RCMP said Labatt has been a volunteer with a number of youth groups, including Scouts Canada. Between 2009 and 2014, police say the accused attended various youth camps and retreats in Saskatchewan where he would have been working with kids between 14 and 17 years old.

Investigators believe there may be more victims. RCMP are now asking anyone with information to contact the Saskatchewan RCMP General Investigation Section at 306-780-7127 or Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

"That is never easy for families to have a conversation like the ones we are asking for today," Supt. Alfredo Bangloy said Wednesday. "These are important conversations and are an important first step in investigating files like these."

Scouts Canada issues letter to families

Scouts Canada sent a letter to "Scouting Families in Regina and Moose Jaw."

It says Labatt served as a volunteer in the Regina area until he left Scouts Canada in September 2013. 

Scouts Canada said in the letter it has been supporting the RCMP investigation and will continue to do so.

According to a spokesman for Scouts Canada, it was a Scout member who received the text messages and a parent, after seeing the texts, followed up.

"In this particular case our strategy worked exactly as it should," John Petitti, from Scouts Canada, said. "Last July an observant parent identified a concern, contacted the police and Scouts Canada and then we supported the investigation."

According to Petitti, Labatt had completed his most recent criminal record check several months before he left Scouts.

   

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