Fact Check: Justin Trudeau's Brother Was NOT Arrested On Charges Of Sexual Conduct With A Minor

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  • by: Alexis Tereszcuk
Fact Check: Justin Trudeau's Brother Was NOT Arrested On Charges Of Sexual Conduct With A Minor No Such Charge

Was Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's younger brother arrested on charges of sexual conduct with a minor? No, that's not true: The Montreal Police Department told Lead Stories they had "no file" on Alexandre Trudeau. The website that posted the story has a history of publishing false stories.

The claim appeared as an article by The Conservative Beaver on August 25, 2021, titled "Justin Trudeau's brother arrested on charges of sexual conduct with a minor - Conservative Beaver" (archived here), which opened:

Beaver Exclusive The brother of Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau was arrested on charges of sexual misconduct with a minor and possession of child pornography, among other charges. Alexan

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Justin Trudeau's brother arrested on charges of sexual conduct with a minor - Conservative Beaver

Beaver ExclusiveThe brother of Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau was arrested on charges of sexual misconduct with a minor and possession of child pornography, among other charges.

Alexandre Trudeau was not arrested on charges of sexual misconduct with a minor and possession of child pornography.

The article claimed:

Alexandre Trudeau was booked into jail on Tuesday, Montreal police (SPMV) said in a statement shared with The Beaver. He is facing charges of sexual misconduct with a minor, 'among other charges including possession of child pornography and small quantity of crystal meth.'
The department said it received a report earlier this year of an incident that allegedly occurred in 2019. Detectives interviewed a juvenile victim and witnesses, and developed probable cause to arrest Trudeau.

The Montreal Police (Service de Police de la Ville de Montréal, or SPVM) told Lead Stories via email on August 27, 2021, that the claim was not true:

The SPVM has no file on the individual in question. It should also be noted that we have never been approached by The Conservative Beaver for this purpose.

Lead Stories has previously debunked multiple false claims by The Conservative Beaver, which you can read here.

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  Alexis Tereszcuk

Alexis Tereszcuk is a writer and fact checker at Lead Stories and an award-winning journalist who spent over a decade breaking hard news and celebrity scoop with RadarOnline and Us Weekly.

As the Entertainment Editor, she investigated Hollywood stories and conducted interviews with A-list celebrities and reality stars.  

Alexis’ crime reporting earned her spots as a contributor on the Nancy Grace show, CNN, Fox News and Entertainment Tonight, among others.

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