Crime

Police: Boise man met girl online to sexually abuse her, and more victims are possible

Ada County Jail

Police arrested a 23-year-old Boise man Thursday on suspicion of 16 felony charges regarding a case of child sex abuse.

Cameron Gamel was booked into the Ada County Jail after police said he enticed a child over the internet, took photos of her and sexually abused her.

The Boise Police Department was made aware of a lewd conduct with a child report on Wednesday involving Gamel and a female victim under the age of 16, according to a police news release.

The suspect initially contacted the victim on March 9, police said, and evidence showed that over the next few days, Gamel met up with the victim in person, took several inappropriate pictures of her and electronically shared those pictures.

The suspect is also accused of having inappropriate sexual contact with the victim.

Following further investigation, Gamel was arrested and booked into jail on five felony charges of lewd conduct with a minor under 16, nine felony charges of distributing sexually exploitative material of a child and two felony probation violations.

Online court records show Gamel was on probation for felony possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver and felony grand theft.

This investigation is ongoing and detectives believe there could be additional victims.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 208-343-COPS (2677), www.343COPS.com, or leave a tip using the P3 Tips app for mobile devices.

Need help?

The Faces of Hope Victim Center is available for victims in need of emergency services at 417 S. 6th St. in Boise. Victims should call 911 in emergencies or call 208-577-4400 on weekdays during business hours. Faces of Hope provides free medical care and forensic examinations for victims, as well as assistance with filing police reports and mental health care.

Survivors who may need help are also encouraged to contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673.

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