Calgary Police Arrest Man in 'Canada Creep' Voyeurism Investigation
Voyeurism charges have been laid against a 42-year-old Calgary man in connection with a notorious social media account responsible for posting indecent photos of unaware Calgary women.
Calgary cybercrime investigators took a man into custody late Tuesday afternoon in connection with the CanadaCreep Twitter account — widely criticized for posting lewd and unsolicited photos and videos of women, including at least one underage girl.
Police arrested Jeffrey Robert Williamson just after 5 p.m., outside his home in the southeast Calgary community of Prestwick.
Williamson appeared before a justice of the peace Wednesday evening where he was charged with voyeurism and publishing voyeuristic images.
A publication ban was applied to the identities of three complainants in the case.
“After several more victims have come forward today, along with the analyzing of the terabytes of data that we have, we will have more charges forthcoming,” Staff Sgt. Cory Dayley said earlier in the day.
A search warrant of the suspect’s home yielded computers and hard drives containing hundreds of thousands of images and videos, some dating back to 2012.
“We’re working to identify and resolve all of the victims that have come forward, to give them a bit of closure and help them through their case.”
Outrage over the account lit up social media forums on Monday, prompting both victims and outraged Calgarians to call for action against the person responsible.
Before being shut down by Twitter early Tuesday morning, the account appeared to have been active for at least a year, amassing more than 17,000 followers.
Dayley credited the public’s help in bringing the investigation to a speedy close, saying numerous tips helped police identify the suspect.
“This is definitely an extreme case for us here in Calgary,” he said.
“We just need the community continuing to do what it did in this case, it really helped us get out in front of the investigation.”
High-tech voyeurism cases like CanadaCreep are becoming more common.