Monday, July 02, 2007

Man charged with luring child; Police say sister of boy intercepted text message
David Halverson, 44, a computer technician from St. Catharines and father of a young boy, was charged with luring a child and invite to sexual touching.
The sharp eyes of a Hamilton woman led to the arrest of a St. Catharines man who allegedly tried to lure her brother over the Internet to a park, Hamilton police say.
The 12-year-old boy was chatting with a man via an instant messaging program Wednesday, when his sister noticed something was out of place, said Det. Const. Douglas Rees of the Hamilton police's child pornography unit.
A meeting was arranged at the park, and police say he arrived at the park with condoms, lubricant and a digital camera.
Weeks said this investigation is rare in that a family member interrupted an online conversation between a predator and a potential victim.
"I have to tell you there is a deplorable lack of knowledge on the part of parents. They just don't know what their kids are doing," he said. "We often don't find out what happened until after the fact." Parents have to be more aware of what their children are doing online and install software that tracks what is done on their computers, he said.
I think Det. Const. David Weeks says it all - Parents have to be more aware of what their children are doing online...


At 7/4/07, 1:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What sickos these days! I mean that's really sick comparing the fact of 44 year old man and a 12 year old boy. could a 12 yrs. old child not know of this man? I mean chatting with this man would obvously leave doubts about this person wouldn't it?


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