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Child Luring

Jul 26, 2017

 
On Thursday, July 25, 2017 as a result of an ongoing investigation, the Internet Child Exploitation Unit of the Brantford Police Service arrested a 29 year old Brantford man for the offence of Luring a Child.
Previously, on June 27, 2017, the Brantford Police Service had executed a search warrant at the accused residence and seized several electronic devices. On June 30, 2017 the accused was charged with two offences of Luring a Child in relation to engaging in conversation with a 15 year old female and a17 year old female. The accused was later released on bail with strict conditions. 
The BPS Internet Child Exploitation Unit examined electronic devices which had been seized during the execution of the search warrant. The results of the examination and the continued investigation revealed that in May 2017, the accused had engaged in a sexually explicit conversation with a 17 year old female.  The accused had offered the victim money for sexual services via text messages.
The victims did not know the accused when they were contacted.
 
Mathew Spencer Stockdale, 29 years of Brantford was charged on July 25, 2017 with the offence of Luring a Child.   The accused was released from custody with a future court date on September 5, 2017. The accused remains on strict conditions.

Original Media Release

June 30, 2017
 
On Thursday, June 30, 2017 as a result of an ongoing investigation the Internet Child Exploitation Unit of the Brantford Police Service arrested a 29 year-old Brantford man for two offences of Luring a Child.  
In April 2017, the accused engaged in a sexually explicit conversation with two young females.  A search warrant was obtained and officers executed the search warrant on June 27, 2017 at around 7:45 a.m. on Elizabeth Street.  On June 30, 2017 the accused was arrested for two counts of Luring a Child and held for a bail hearing.
Anyone with information relating to internet sexual crimes against children is urged to call Detective Balbir Singh of the Brantford Police Service ICE Section at 519-756-0113 ext. 3337.

Tipsters who wish to remain anonymous are asked to contact Brant-Brantford Crime Stoppers at 519-750-8477 or 1-800-222-8477. Alternatively, a webtip may be submitted at: https://www.tipsubmit.com/WebTips.aspx?AgencyID=251

 
 
The Brantford Police Service encourages parents to speak with their children regarding the dangers of child luring. Also added to the media release is a guide provided by www.missingkids.ca to help educate and inform of the different types of tactics individuals will use in order to start conversation with a child. We encourage parents to speak to their children regarding these dangers and remind them, that they should never engage in conversation with an unknown individual who randomly texts them or requests to be added to their social media account.. Constable Natalie Laing 

 
Different Types of Lures and Their Definitions

(www.missingkids.ca)
Children are raised to trust, respect and obey adults. Offenders may use children?s reverence of adults to manipulate them. Empowering children with personal safety knowledge and helping them anticipate possible situations will increase the likelihood that they will be able to identify and avoid potentially dangerous situations.

Go through the following types of lures with your child.

1. HELP LURE ? An adult or teenager tries to lure a child by asking for help
What to teach your child: Adults and teenagers should not go to children for help when they have a problem and are distressed. They should go to other adults.

2. GIFT LURE ? An adult or teenager tells a child that they will give the child something the child wants (e.g. a CD, a baby animal, clothing, video games, etc.) if the child goes with them somewhere or does something they want the child to do.

What to teach your child: Do not accept anything from anyone without permission from a parent or guardian.

3. THREAT LURE ? An adult or teenager threatens to hurt a child or someone the child cares about, if the child does not do what they want.

What to teach your child: Do not comply with a threat, including a threat from someone online. Leave the situation as soon as possible and tell a safe adult what happened.

4. NAME LURE ? An adult or teenager pretends to know a child by saying their name, implying it is okay for the child to go with them.

What to teach your child: If asked to go and your parents don?t know, SHOUT NO! Remember that you must have permission from a parent or guardian before going anywhere with anyone.

5. BREAKING  RULES/BREAKING  BOUNDARIES  LURE  ?    An  adult  or  teenager  wants  to  hang  out  with  a child and become the child?s friend; this can include both online and offline. The adult or teenager does not do their job and is inappropriate with the child. They might encourage or let the child do things the
child?s parents or guardians would not allow, including asking sexual questions, sharing inappropriate sexual jokes, or showing sexual pictures or videos. The child may think it is fun and be curious because that?s part of being a child. It is not the child who is doing anything wrong, it is the adult. An adult?s job is to protect children and be appropriate.

What to teach your child: The role of adults and teenagers is not as a child?s friend. That?s not appropriate. Adults are supposed to be role models, and take care of and protect you.


6. EMERGENCY LURE ? An adult or teenager tells a child that there has been an emergency (e.g. a fire, an accident, a break-in, etc.) and the child needs to go with them immediately so they can take the child to the child?s parents.

What to teach your child: If asked to go and your parents don?t know, SHOUT NO! Sometimes it can be difficult to say "NO!? In these cases, you can use an excuse such as "My parents are waiting for me at home, so I can?t go.? The important thing is not to go anywhere with anyone unless you have permission from a parent or guardian.

7. FAMOUS LURE ? An adult or teenager leads a child to believe they can make the child famous if the child meets with them somewhere alone or does what they say (without permission from a child?s parents or guardian).

What to teach your child: Sometimes it is difficult to say "NO!? to an adult or teenager. In these cases, be assertive and try to get out of the situation as quickly as possible, using an excuse such as "My parents are waiting for me at home, so I can?t go.? The important thing is to get out of the situation as quickly as possible and tell a safe adult about it.

8. AUTHORITY LURE ? An adult presents as an authority figure, wearing a uniform (e.g. a police officer, a meter reader, a firefighter, etc.).

What to teach your child: Sometimes it is difficult to say "NO!? to an adult or teenager. In these cases, be assertive and try to get out of the situation as quickly as possible, even using an excuse such as "My parents are waiting for me at home, so I can?t go.? The important thing is to get out of the situation as quickly as possible and tell a safe adult about it.

9. JOB LURE ? An adult or teenager offers a child a job or a way to make money, on the condition that the child goes with them (without the permission of the child?s parent or guardian).

What to teach your child: If asked to go and your parents don?t know, SHOUT NO! Sometimes it is difficult to say "NO!? to an adult or teenager. In those cases, try to get out of the situation as quickly as possible, even using an excuse such as "My parents told me to come home right away after school, so I can?t go.? The important thing is that you don?t go with anyone without your parent?s or guardian?s permission.

10. LOVE LURE ? The adult or teenager tells the child that they love them and want to be the child?s boyfriend or girlfriend or have an inappropriate relationship.

What to teach your child: An adult?s job is to protect you and keep you safe. Adults are responsible for keeping boundaries and relationships healthy and appropriate with children. An adult or teenager who wants to break boundaries and maybe even the law is not a safe adult. You need to talk to a safe adult about any adults or teenagers who are behaving inappropriately.
11. COMPLIMENTS LURE ? The adult or teenager compliments the child to try to get the child to like them and then to do something they want to do, or try to touch the child inappropriately.

What to teach your child: There are two types of compliments: one is a compliment that is sincere and the person complimenting doesn?t want anything in return. The other type of compliment is manipulative flattery where the person complimenting is trying to get you to do something they want you to do.
An adult?s job is to protect you and keep you safe. Adults are responsible for keeping boundaries and relationships healthy and appropriate with children. An adult or teenager who wants to break boundaries and maybe even the law is not a safe adult. You need to talk to a safe adult about any adults or teenagers who are behaving inappropriately.

12. GAME LURE ? The adult or teenager starts playing around with the child (e.g. wrestling, tickling, measuring body parts, etc.) to touch or look at private parts saying it is just a game.

What to teach your child: An adult?s job is to protect you and keep you safe. Adults are responsible for keeping boundaries and relationships healthy and appropriate with children. An adult or teenager who wants to break boundaries and maybe even the law is not a safe adult. You need to talk to a safe adult about any adults or teenagers who are behaving inappropriately.

(Courtesy of Missingkids.ca)


Background regarding the Provincial Strategy:
On March 29, 2007 the Brantford Police Service joined the Provincial Strategy to Protect Children from Sexual Exploitation on the Internet.
The Provincial Strategy to Protect Children from Sexual Abuse and Exploitation on the Internet is comprised of the OPP Child Exploitation Section and 26 municipal police services. The online exploitation of children continues to be a challenge for investigators due to its sheer volume, global reaches and anonymity; however, these police partners and the Provincial Government are committed to making a difference in our communities. This Project has been made possible by a grant from the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.


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