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Child luring focus up north

Police investigators looking into Jonathan Bruenig's history are focusing their efforts on Northern B.C., among other areas.

Bruenig, 34, was arrested last week after he allegedly lured and attempted to sexually assault a Grande Prairie boy. The offences were reported to police by a concerned relative.

He lived in Kelowna for several years, before eventually relocating to Alberta.

Mike Tucker, director of communications for the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team, says his team is working with B.C.'s Integrated Child Exploitation Team.

Limited in what he can say about the ongoing investigation, Tucker did admit the investigation in B.C. is focused on the Dawson Creek area.

"We were aware he lived in the Okanagan, but right now, we don't foresee victims in the Okanagan," Tucker told Castanet. "We have certain instances in Dawson Creek and Northern Alberta we are looking at associated with him."

Police are also investigating the Northwest Territories and Australia.

Bruenig remains in police custody in Grande Prairie.

He's been charged with eight counts associated with alleged offences against two teenage boys. He is scheduled to appear again in a Grande Prairie court Feb. 12.



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