Com­puter lur­ing leads to 15 months

Sherbrooke Record - - EDITORIAL -

An East An­gus man has been sen­tenced to 15 months in prison fol­low­ing his con­vic­tion on charges of com­puter lur­ing of mi­nors and dis­tribut­ing sex­u­ally ex­plicit ma­te­rial in fur­ther­ance of a crim­i­nal act. Christo­pher Groleau , 21, was sent es­corted to his cell.

Groleau re­sponded to a so­cial me­dia an­nounce­ment by the mother of a 13year-old girl who was look­ing for work for her daugh­ter Us­ing the name "Max Grondin," Groleau com­mit­ted the first of his crimes in April 2016. Find­ing Groleau's re­sponse ‘pe­cu­liar’, the teenager's mother pre­tended to be the 13-year-old. Groleau then en­gaged the woman in sex­u­ally ex­plicit con­ver­sa­tion.

An un­der­cover po­lice of­fi­cer from the cy­ber-sur­veil­lance team also sub­se­quently had a sim­i­lar con­ver­sa­tion with Groleau un­der the pro­file of a 13-yearold girl. She sub­se­quently filed a com­plaint with the po­lice.

Be­liev­ing the pro­file was that of a teenager, Groleau sent her pic­tures of his pe­nis and in­sisted on get­ting pic­tures of the sup­pos­edly teenaged girl in the shower.

Un­der the pseu­do­nym "Marc Dupuis", he also ap­proached a 16-year-old girl on the "An­nonces In­times” site ask­ing for sex­ual ser­vices in ex­change for $100.

Groleau, who has no le­gal his­tory, has taken steps to deal with his sex­ual is­sues fol­low­ing his ar­rest. He has at­tended meet­ings with a psychologist, and with the Seuil de L'es­trie. He has also taken steps to com­plete high school.

Groleau was ar­rested by Sûreté du Québec in­ves­ti­ga­tors from the Haut­saint-françois n De­cem­ber 2016, with the as­sis­tance of the Mem­phrem­a­gog re­gional po­lice.

Aside from his in­car­cer­a­tion, Groleau will have to reg­is­ter for life on the Sex Of­fender Reg­istry and a three-year pro­ba­tion­ary pe­riod was also im­posed un­der which he is pro­hib­ited from be­ing in con­tact with per­sons un­der 16 years of age. He is also pro­hib­ited from us­ing the in­ter­net or so­cial me­dia for five years.

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