New West police nab Aussie in child-luring

A man in Australia who thought he was persuading a New Westminster teen girl to visit him for sex has been arrested.

A man in Australia who thought he was persuading a New Westminster teen girl to visit him for sex has been arrested.

The resident of rural Queensland was in fact talking with a New West police male detective.

The 44-year-old man was arrested Wednesday by Australian federal police.

Detective Mike MacFarlane, who investigates offences against children, cruises the web in the guise of a 14-year-old girl.

He was in a Vancouver chat room last February when the man started a conversation.

“He did the usual talking and decided to expose himself on his web cam and tried to commission this young girl to do some sexual things to herself,” MacFarlane said.

He notified Australian police almost immediately because the man has three children, including an 11-year-old girl.

By summer their cyber relationship had become almost constant and increasingly pathetic.

“He sent pictures of himself and pictures of one of his daughters and pictures of his cows,” MacFarlane said.

“He’d tell me that he loved me and that he missed me and that he wants me to come there.”

The man, who has not been identified, also said he planned to visit Canada in January.

MacFarlane dodged the man’s request for sexually explicit material via webcam by saying the girl’s parents wouldn’t let her have one.

The man also said he’d seen his daughter naked coming out of the shower, though he had never touched her.

“This is how kind of weird it is: The last time he talked to me, his daughter comes home and her face is almost right in the camera,” he said.

MacFarlane said he believes the man’s wife and children knew nothing about his activities.
That changed when Australian federal police showed up at his door.

“They say he’s going to plead guilty.”

 
 
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