Allegedly luring underage girls online for sexual purposes has landed two Calgary men in hot water with police in unrelated cases.

In the first case, 24-year-old Max Miller is facing numerous sex-related charges. Police allege he had sex with a 13-year-old girl he met in an online chat room while using the handle “Noway.”

In the second case, 27-year-old Kevin Thomas is charged with sex-related offences for allegedly having sex with a 14-year-old girl he met online. He is also alleged to have attempted to lure a second victim. Police say he used the online identity “9272” or “Keven.”

“(Online) predators know where the kids are, and the key word here is predator. These are predators who know what they are doing,” Staff Sgt. Leah Barber said.

“It’s amazing how much information these predators get from the victims.”

In both cases, Barber said the parents were monitoring Internet use and alerted police to the alleged incidents.

Staff Sgt. Steve Lorne said parents and children should talk about situations like these, and parents should ensure their children are using the Internet safely.

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