Two men were charged with Internet luring of a child after the Greater Sudbury Police’s cyber crime unit caught a man trying to speak to a young girl, online about sex. On August 30, 2012 Antonio Rocca, 52, allegedly agreed to meet the girl, but found police officers waiting for him instead. On September 4th, Rene Gareau, 28 was allegedly caught trying to meet a girl under the age of 14 for the purpose of having sex.
“The individuals involved were actively looking for young females for sexual purposes and we’re in a proactive investigation in relation to identifying these males. In this situation, instead of meeting females, they met the police. It’s much better than meeting one of our young people,” state police.
Unfortunately this type of offense isn’t uncommon. In the beginning of August, Todd Waern, a 38year-old man, was charged with Internet luring of a child, performing an indecent act and being in possession of child porn after allegedly coercing a 14-year-old girl to send him naked pictures of her online.
Tips to keep kids safe online:
1. Have a conversation with your child about the dangers of chatting with people they don’t know online.
2. Offer your child a “safe place” where they can tell you if someone online engages in inappropriate conversation.
3. Monitor your child’s online activity. Ask questions, review their friends list, and encourage open communicate