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Children's author arrested on sex-abuse charges

Quebec children's author Yanik Comeau

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MAXIME DELAND | QMI AGENCY

MONTREAL -- Quebec children's author Yanik Comeau has been arrested and charged in alleged sex assaults on two teens.

He was arraigned at the courthouse in Chateauguay, Que., on Montreal's south shore, following a raid at his home on Wednesday.

The 44-year-old faces charges of luring, sexual interference, invitation to sexual touching and sexual exploitation.

The crimes were allegedly committed between 2009 and last year against two 16-year-old boys, sources tell QMI.

Comeau is accused of having chats of a sexual nature with the two alleged victims. The teenagers were encouraged to have sex and one sexual encounter took place, say sources.

The defendant was released on bail and ordered not to take any jobs that would put him in contact with minors. The judge also banned him from using the internet.

Comeau is a past president of Quebec's association of children's writers.

He has written more than 30 children's books, including the popular French teen series Les enfants Dracula (Dracula's Children).

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