Authorities Uncover Additional Victims in Child Exploitation Case

Saskatchewan RCMP have laid new charges against Richard Dyke, 47, in a case involving sexual offences against three male youths under the age of 12. Dyke was initially arrested in Assiniboia in November 2023.

Since the arrest, the Saskatchewan RCMP’s General Investigation Section (GIS) and the Saskatchewan Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Unit have been conducting a thorough investigation. Over 1.5 million pieces of digital evidence obtained from electronic devices seized in November 2023 were analyzed as part of the investigation. The evidence, deemed to be abuse material, is believed to have been collected between 2005 and November 2023.

The investigation has led to the identification of 29 additional victims. These victims, ranging in age from 18 months to 17 years old at the time of the offences, were involved between 2005 and November 2023. The majority of the victims are male. Families and victims have been notified, and victim services have been made available to them.

Dyke has been in custody since his arrest in November 2023. He will remain in custody until his next scheduled appearance in Moose Jaw Provincial Court on June 4, 2024.

Investigators discovered that Dyke was operating a licensed home-based daycare within his residence in Assiniboia. Some of the victims came into contact with Dyke through various relationships, including childcare provided within his residence. The offences occurred in communities across Saskatchewan, including Tisdale, Estevan, Assiniboia, Coronach, Gravelbourg, and Swift Current.

Dyke was also an instructor with the Royal Canadian Air Cadets in several communities in Southern Saskatchewan, where he primarily interacted with youth. However, investigators have not identified any victims related to his role with the Air Cadets program.

Both the Ministry of Education with the Government of Saskatchewan and the Department of National Defence with the Government of Canada have been notified of the investigation.

Saskatchewan RCMP continue to encourage anyone with additional information or evidence about this investigation to contact their local RCMP detachment or Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers.

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