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CALGARY, ALBERTA (CNN) - A Canadian man once awarded for being an outstanding foster parent is now facing charges after several of his former foster children told police he molested them.

Police have charged Garry Prokopishin, 52, with sexual assault and procuring prostitution.

"The allegations were that there was money exchanged for sexual favors so he was charged with a form of prostitution, procuring prostitution," said Sgt. Leah Barber of the Calgary Child Abuse Unit.

These new allegations bring the number of former Prokopishin foster children to come forward up to five. Police said it is likely because of the media attention his case has received.

"It could also be some of the victims are talking to each other and sometimes it helps a victim to have the courage to come forward when they know other people have," Barber said.

Prokopishin was originally charged in February of last year after three teenage boys living in his care accused him of molesting them.

Another former foster child came forward in November and the child abuse unit continues to investigate.

Officers anticipate laying additional charges.

"There was 55 kids that went through Gary Prokopishin's home when he was a foster parent. And at this point, we have five kids that have come forward with allegations so there could potentially be more," Barber said.

The latest allegations stem from incidents spanning between May of 1999 and December of 2001. Police said no matter how long ago abuse happened, it needs to be reported.

"It is important, I think, for them to be heard and them to be believed that this happened," Barber said.

Prokophishin remains out on bail on the condition that he have no contact with children.

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