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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Georgia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Canadian man charged with flying to Atlanta in an attempt to have sex with 13-year-old Marietta girl he met on the Internet

ATLANTA - Yves Joseph Legault has been arraigned on federal charges of using the internet to entice a child for sexual activity and enticing the 13-year-old to engage in sexually explicit conduct over the internet. Legault traveled to Atlanta from his home in Canada with the alleged expectation of having sex with a minor.

 

“Legault is accused of communicating with a young girl on the internet for the purpose of engaging in illegal sexual activity with her,” said U. S. Attorney John Horn. “The FBI successfully intercepted Legault after he flew into the United States and before he could carry out his plan. Cases like this one demonstrate the continued importance for parents to engage with their kids about their activities on the Internet including the app’s they are using to chat, and the people with whom they are chatting.”

 

“The FBI stands ready to aggressively pursue those who would prey on our nation’s children. The FBI’s Violent Crimes Against Children (VCAC) program, which consists of a network of specially trained FBI agents working with various local, state, federal, and even international partners, collectively carries out the important mission of protecting our children from those who would harm them. The investigation, arrest, and resulting federal charges involving Mr. Legault, a Canadian national, is an example of the great partnership and responsiveness of Canadian law enforcement authorities in helping the FBI carry out this mission,” said David J. LeValley, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Atlanta Field Office.

 

According to U.S. Attorney Horn, the charges, and other information presented in court: Beginning in approximately July of this year, Legault met a 13-year-old girl on Omegle, a free online and anonymous text and video chat tool. After moving their communications to another site, the defendant allegedly asked the teen to perform sexual acts on live video-streaming for him. Legault eventually arranged to travel from Canada to Atlanta, Georgia, in order to have sex with the girl.

 

On August 4, 2017, after crossing from Canada into the United States at the Buffalo-Niagra Falls Port of Entry, Legault’s flight from Buffalo, New York, was cancelled, forcing him to reschedule his trip to Atlanta. On August 11, 2017, Legault was arrested after flying from Toronto, Canada into Atlanta’s Hartsfield Jackson Airport allegedly for the purpose of engaging in sex with the teen. The 13-year-old girl’s mother had alerted agents with the FBI to the relationship after she intercepted a package Legault had sent her daughter from Canada.

 

Yves Joseph Legault, 53, of Ontario, Canada, was indicted by a federal grand jury on August 15, 2017, and was arraigned before U.S. Magistrate Judge Janet F. King.

 

Members of the public are reminded that the indictment and criminal complaint only contain charges. The defendant is presumed innocent of the charges and it will be the government’s burden to prove the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.

 

This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The FBI is extremely grateful for the help of our international partners in bringing this indictment to fruition: the Ontario Provincial Police, York Regional Police, and Canada Border Services Agency.

 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Skye Davis is prosecuting the case.

 

This case is being brought as part of Project Safe Childhood. In February 2006, the Attorney General launched Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorney’s Offices around the country, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

 

For further information please contact the U.S. Attorney’s Public Affairs Office at USAGAN.PressEmails@usdoj.gov or (404) 581-6016. The Internet address for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia is https://www.justice.gov/usao-ndga.

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Project Safe Childhood
Updated August 16, 2017