Computer luring leads to 15 months
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.