#childpredator | Winnipeg man facing online child luring charges

A Winnipeg man is facing child-luring charges after an investigation by the Winnipeg Police Service Internet Child Exploitation Unit.

Police say the 29-year-old Winnipeg man was posing as a 14-year-old boy and was in contact with the victim for approximately a month before the parents of the victim learned of the conversation and contacted police.

On June 25 members of the WPS Internet Child Exploitation Unit began investigating the matter and on July 14, after an undercover investigation, the man was arrested.

He has been charged with two counts of adult luring a person under 16 years of age by means of telecommunication.

He has been released on a Recognizance as outlined by the Criminal Code.

WPS public information officer Const. Rachel Vertone said it’s critical for parents to be in the know when it comes to their child’s online activities.

“It is important for parents to know what their children are up to online, what they’re looking at and who they’re speaking with,” Vertone said. “It’s the duty of parents to make sure that their children are safe and not being victimized by predators online.”

Vertone went on to say that the Canadian Centre for Child Protection has reported that through April, May and June of 2020 there was an 81% increase of these types of incidents compared to the prior three months

Information or tips for parents regarding the online sexual exploitation of children can be obtained at https://www.cybertip.ca/.

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