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Alleged Sexual Predator Arrested, Again, in Winnipeg


Winnipeg Police arrested a known sexual predator again while out on court conditions to comply.
Winnipeg Police arrest sexual predator again.

Winnipeg, November 30, 2023 - In a series of distressing events that unfolded between April and March 2022, the Counter Exploitation Unit and the Child Abuse Unit launched investigations into separate incidents involving the sexual assaults of two teenage females and an adult woman in her twenties. These incidents, believed to be connected, were initiated through social media interactions with an individual using the online alias "Eddie Brigance."


The investigations, spanning several months, determined that an adult male, identifying himself as "Eddie Brigance," utilized social media as a tool to communicate, entice, and subsequently sexually assault the victims. The alleged perpetrator was identified as a 42-year-old male named Michael Edward Bruce.


On June 27, 2022, police apprehended Bruce, seizing a mobile phone believed to contain crucial evidence, which was promptly handed over for forensic analysis. Bruce faced a string of severe charges related to his alleged actions, including luring minors via telecommunications, obtaining sexual services from minors, sexual assault, invitation to sexual touching, possession and distribution of child pornography, among others.


Despite his arrest, Bruce was released under a court order, explicitly prohibiting any contact with individuals under the age of 18, as mandated by the Criminal Code.


The investigation persisted, unearthing further disturbing details. On September 14, 2022, Bruce faced additional charges, which included obtaining sexual services from minors, sexual interference, sexual assault, and invitation to sexual touching. Once again, he was released under a similar court order, forbidding contact with individuals under 18.


Police encourage anyone possessing information or seeking to speak with an investigator regarding this matter to reach out to the Child Abuse Unit at 204-986-3296. Individuals may also share information anonymously with Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS or via the website winnipegcrimestoppers.org.

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