Kingston arrest highlights importance of reporting suspicious activity to Cybertip.ca
MARCH 3, 2009 (Winnipeg, MB) - The recent arrest of a 20-year-old Kingston, Ontario man stands as an example to all Canadians of the importance of reporting suspicious online activity to Cybertip.ca - Canada's national tipline for reporting the online sexual abuse of children.
On February 12, 2009, Kingston police executed a search warrant on a Kingston residence and arrested a 20-year-old male for luring a 14-year old girl over the Internet. The investigation began after the police received a tip from Cybertip.ca. A mother made a report to the tipline after discovering that her 14-year-old daughter was planning to run away with a person she met on the Internet and who was believed to be a 15-year-old boy from Kingston.
"This young girl was literally saved from potential harm because a report was made to Cybertip.ca. Stories such as this one demonstrate the power one person has in stopping the exploitation of children. The lesson learned here is simple - if your gut tells you that something just isn't right, take the time to report the information to our tipline," said Signy Arnason, Director of Cybertip.ca.
To highlight the seriousness of the situation, Kingston police Detective Stephanie Morgan pointed out that the man arrested was already known to the police as he had just been released from custody after being convicted of physically assaulting another girl that he had met on the Internet. In addition, the accused is wanted in three Provinces for charges including sexual assault and threats against a girl whom he had met on the Internet and then moved in with.
"In a period of just a few days, this accused male had convinced the young girl that he was completely in love with her and orchestrated a plan to meet her in her hometown. We don't even want to think of what might have happened had her mom not made a report to Cybertip.ca," said Morgan.
Kingston Police' first involvement with Cybertip.ca was in 2004 when the tipline received a report that a man from Pennsylvania had travelled five hours to meet with a 14-year-old Kingston girl for a sexual purpose. After a Cybertip.ca analyst forwarded that report to the Kingston police, a large multi-jurisdictional investigation took place involving Kingston Police, Ontario Provincial Police, Pennsylvania State Police and the FBI.
"The man who was the subject of that investigation, thanks to Cybertip.ca, is now serving a 24-year prison sentence for his involvement with the Kingston girl," said Morgan. "Some of the most serious cases of Child Luring and Exploitation investigated by Kingston Police have been received via Cybertip.ca reports and children have been saved as a result. I can't help but wonder if these incidents would have ever been reported to police had Cybertip.ca not been there to make it happen."
Parents are encouraged to visit the Canadian Centre's websites www.protectchildren.ca and www.cybertip.ca for information on the risks posed to their children and for valuable safety strategies they can use to keep their children safe.
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