NANAIMO — After a lengthy investigation by Surrey RCMP, a Qualicum Beach man is formally charged with allegedly calling and harassing multiple women.
Joel Perry, 33, is charged with 31 counts of harassing and indecent phone calls, 18 counts of criminal harassment, 13 counts of uttering threats and eight counts of extortion.
The calls were made between November 2017 and April 2018 to women all across the province, primarily in the Lower Mainland.
Perry is accused of reciting the name and address of the woman he was calling, telling them he was actually watching them on cameras inside their homes and then threatening to kill or injure them if they didn’t play along and have a sexually explicit conversation.
“These incidents were very disturbing for the victims, many of whom were traumatized and felt unsafe in their own homes,” Surrey RCMP Cpl. Elenore Sturko said. “As we move onto the next phase, we hope many of the victims find some closure.”
Perry was first arrested for the alleged offenses on May 16 but released without charges.
Sturko said their file on Perry was forwarded to Crown Counsel for the consideration of charges and the BC Prosecution Service approved the 70 charges on July 17.
Perry will appear at Provincial Court in Surrey on Thursday, July 26.