Police charge East Hants paramedic with sending inappropriate messages to young girls

Zane Woodford, Metro Halifax novanewsnow@tc.tc
Published on January 27, 2016
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METRO HALIFAX - Police have charged a 44-year-old Emergency Health Services paramedic with child luring after he allegedly sent inappropriate messages to two young girls in Lower Sackville.

A release from the RCMP says they received a complaint in April 2015 that an 11-year-old girl and a 12-year-old girl had received inappropriate messages online.

Police gathered evidence that they say indicates a 44-year-old man from Nine Mile River was posing as a 15-year-old boy online and sending these messages.

They arrested Todd Allen Sawler without incident during a traffic stop on Tuesday, and later searched his home and seized electronic devices.

Spokesperson Jean Spicer said in an email Jan. 27 that EHS is aware of the allegations against Sawler for "activities occurring while off-duty."

"While we can confirm he is our employee, we cannot discuss employee matters publically," reads Spicer's email. "We will fully cooperate with the RCMP’s investigation if required and continue to hold public and employee safety as our highest priority."

Sawler was expected to appear in Halifax provincial court the afternoon of Jan. 27  to respond to two charges of child luring and one count of making sexually explicit material available to a child.