The New Westminster Police Major Crime Unit has concluded a seven month Internet Child Luring Investigation with an arrest in Australia.
Currently the NWPS has a full-time investigator who specializes in offences against children. As part of his role this investigator conducts local Internet Child Luring and Child Pornography investigations. This particular investigation began in February 2009 after this member, acting in a covert capacity as a 14 year old female was contacted on an internet chat site by an adult male believed to be residing in Australia.
It is alleged that over the course of the next seven months this male, believing the officer was a 14 year old female, exposed his genitals to the officer on multiple occasions and attempted to make arrangements to have the “14 year old female” come to Australia.
The New Westminster Police contacted the Australian Federal Police who were able to locate and arrest this individual. The 44 year old male is now charged under Australian law with:
- One count of using a carriage service to groom a person under 16 years of age.
- One count of using the internet to expose indecent matter to a child under the age of 16 years.