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Sturgeon Falls man arrested for indecent exposure

West Nipissing Police Service Media Release- October 30, 2018

The West Nipissing Police Service has arrested a Sturgeon Falls man in connection to an indecent exposure complaint. The incident is alleged to have occurred at a local business while a young girl was in a cubical browsing; the man followed her to the cubical and exposed himself to her. Video surveillance from the store provided a description of the suspect and of his vehicle. On October 28th police located the vehicle, and the suspect was arrested. Charged with exposure to a person under 16 years and forcible confinement is 45 year old Maurice Leduc of Sturgeon Falls. He is to appear in court December 6, 2018.

Police are warning the public not to provide personal information to anyone you do not know and in particular over the telephone or via computer. A Holditch street resident recently received a computer alert advising his computer was infected with a virus. He acted on the warning and purchased an anti-virus software package from the “popup” to help fix his computer. A while later the so-called company contacted him, advised they were going bankrupt and would be reimbursing him. Several electronic deposits went into the man’s account, however a short time later all the funds, plus some of the victim’s money was removed from his account.

Police also received a complaint from a local organization advising that there computer system had been targeted by ransomware. The ransom was not paid and the organization successfully recovered all its data from backups. Police urge people not to open emails or attachments they do not recognize or trust as these may provide hackers with a way into your computer or device.

Anyone with information about these occurrences is asked to contact the West Nipissing Police Service at 705-753-1234. For those who wish to remain anonymous, there are three ways to contact the Near North Crime Stoppers. Call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), text the word “Nipper” plus the tip information to CRIMES (274637), or submit a tip online at nearnorthcrimestoppers.com.