Man accused of extortion, holding woman against will


An Ottawa man is facing several charges for allegedly holding an American woman against his will in the Kanata neighborhood of Ottawa and extorting her for sexually explicit photos and videos.

Investigators in Ottawa received information from the US Homeland Security that a woman was being extorted from the far west of the city, Ottawa police said in a statement.

Police officers went to a house in Kanata on Tuesday and found a 20-year-old woman against her will. Police would not reveal how long the woman was detained.

The woman was evaluated and taken back to her family on Wednesday.

Ryan McCann, 28, has been arrested and charged with forced confinement and two counts of extortion and non-consensual distribution of intimate images.

The charges relate to two different victims, and police say they believe there may be other victims in Ottawa.

The man was arrested in custody and faces other charges, police said.


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