It was reported to police that on Wednesday Sept. 4, 2019, a male suspect began communicating with a young teen girl on two social media applications. It is alleged the male proposed a transaction that would see he and the girl exchange nude photos via the app for cash, and eventually meet up for sex.
The complainant’s father eventually became aware of the situation and contacted police on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, after which an investigation was immediately launched by Southwest Division members. On Sept. 27, 2019, investigators arrested the male suspect at an undisclosed location.
Nicholas Alfred Rice, 31, is charged with luring a child, distribute/import/sell child pornography, possession of child pornography, make sexually explicit material available to a child and indecent exposure to a child under 16.
Police are releasing a photo of the accused (see below), as a duty to warn the public. Investigators believe there may be other complainants who have been contacted online by Nicholas Rice. Investigators are encouraging them to come forward by calling the Edmonton Police Service at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.p3tips.com/250.
Nicholas Rice, 31