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Man charged with child sex offences in St. John’s appears in court

Adam Oldford, 30, appeared in provincial court Wednesday, charged with allegedly soliciting sex from girls in a St. John's park.
Adam Oldford, 30, appeared in provincial court Wednesday, charged with allegedly soliciting sex from girls in a St. John's park.

A 30-year-old man arrested after allegedly trying to solicit sex from underage girls in a local park appeared in provincial court in St. John's this morning (Wednesday).

Adam Oldford is charged with the sexual assault of a person under 16, as well as sexual interference — touching a person under 16 with his body for a sexual purpose. Both incidents are alleged to have happened between Aug. 2 and Aug. 6. Oldford made a brief appearance before Judge Colin Flynn, who set the matter over until this afternoon for a possible bail hearing.

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The RNC issued a public advisory Monday, saying it had received a complaint of a man in a St. John's park approaching young teenage girls and attempting to befriend them before trying to solicit sexual activity from them. The man allegedly told the girls he was significantly younger than his actual age, police said.

On Tuesday, police issued a media release saying they had arrested a man in connection with that investigation.

Last week, a Mount Pearl mother turned to Facebook to issue a warning about a man she said had sent inappropriate online messages to her 13-year-old daughter after meeting her in Mundy Pond Park.

Police said Monday they had received only one formal complaint but believe there may be other potential victims to come forward in the case. They're asking anyone with any information to contact them at 729-8000 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS.

Tara.bradbury@thetelegram.com

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