A Drumheller man has been arrested by Drumheller RCMP in relation to charges stemming from an online extortion investigation by the Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS).
In December 2022, the HRPS received information that a suspect was using various social media platforms to coerce a victim (an adult male) into sending money. The suspect obtained intimate images of the victim and then threatened to distribute the images online if payment was not made.
Investigators with the 2 District Criminal Investigations Bureau launched an eight-month investigation which identified the suspect residing in the Province of Alberta.
On Wednesday, August 16, with the assistance of investigators with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Drumheller detachment, Brandon Bulechowsky, 25, of Drumheller was arrested. He has been charged with extortion, possession of property obtained by crime and fail to comply with probation. He was released on an Undertaking and will be appearing in court on September 12.
Investigators believe there may be additional victims pertaining to Bulechowsky and are asking anyone with information or may have been victimized by him to contact the 2 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825-4777 ext. 2216.
The following social media profile handles were used by Bulechowsky:
Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers. "See something? Hear something? Know something? Contact Crime Stoppers" at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.
Police remind residents that sextortion is a form of blackmail and can happen to anyone. If you are a victim of sextortion, we are here to help you.