York, Ontario – Investigators with the York Regional Police Special Victims Unit-Internet Child Exploitation Team have arrested and charged a 28-year-old man from the City of Toronto with several offences in connection with online child luring.
An investigation began into a man who had posted a personal ad on a website seeking sex with young people. Undercover officers posing as a 14-year-old boy made contact with the man. The accused sent e-mails and text messages containing photos of a sexual nature. The conversations included the accused’s intention to perform sexual acts on a child he believed was related to the 14-year-old boy.
On July 10, 2017, the accused was arrested at a location in Newmarket where he arranged to meet the 14-year-old boy. The accused was found in possession of drugs that investigators believe were intended to incapacitate the children he was meeting.
The accused is believed to have been active online using the name kyeguy1988. Investigators are also releasing the profile picture the accused used on social media and are asking anyone who may have had communication with this man to come forward.
- Luring a Person Under 16 Years of Age by Means of Telecommunication
- Arrangement to Commit a Sexual Offence Against a Person Under 16 Years of Age x2
- Invitation to Sexual Touching Under 16 Years of Age
- Possession of Child Pornography
- Fail to Comply With Prohibition Regarding Children
- Various drug charges including possession of GHB
The accused has been held in custody and will be appearing before the Ontario Court of Justice in Newmarket on July 20, 2017.
Members of the public are reminded to exercise caution when using the Internet, social media and online classifieds. Children should be supervised by an adult and should stay away from websites that are not first approved by their parent or guardian. For more information on what you can do to protect your family from Internet danger, please visit www.yrp.ca.
York Regional Police is a proud partner in Ontario’s Provincial Strategy to Protect Children from Sexual Abuse and Exploitation on the Internet, a provincially-coordinated effort among police agencies to protect children from online predators and those who would commit child sexual abuse.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Special Victims Unit-Internet Child Exploitation Team at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7078, or contact Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS,or leave an anonymous tip online at www.1800222tips.com, or text your tip to CRIMES (274637) starting with the word YORK.
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