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article imageToronto man faces four child luring charges

By Arthur Weinreb     Apr 17, 2013 in Crime
Toronto - The 33-year-old man allegedly used classified ads and social media sites to seek underage girls by telling them they would appear in lingerie photo shoots.
Toronto police announced [PDF] the arrest yesterday. Andrew Holbrook, of Toronto, is facing one count each of luring a child under the age of 18 years, luring a child under the age of 16, attempt to make child pornography and attempt sexual interference.
According to Sgt. Lisa Belenger of the Sex Crimes Unit, police became aware of Holbrook in the middle of last month. The 33-year-old was arrested on his way to what he thought was a meeting with a girl who was under the age of 16. He had been communicating with a police officer posing as a child.
Holbrook is alleged to have used various social media and other web sites as well as chat rooms to meet his prey. As well as wanting them to model lingerie, he would get them to sent him explicit photos. On those sites, he used the user name "Austin—101" and the email address he used was "tigger—101a(at)"
Under Canada's Criminal Code, child luring is defined as using telecommunication to communicate with an underage person for the purpose of facilitating the commission of an offence. There are three distinct branches of the offence for luring children under the ages of 18, 16 and 14. Which branch the crime falls under depends upon the offence being facilitated.
For example, it is illegal to lure a person under the age of 18 for incest or to work as a prostitute. To lure someone in order to commit crimes such as invitation to sexual touching or sexual interference, the person needs to be under the age of 16 years. And the offence of luring a person in order to commit a parental abduction is committed if the person is less than 14 years of age.
Police believe there may be more victims and are asking anyone with information to contact the Sex Crimes Unit or Crime Stoppers.
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