Man charged with luring
A 10-year-old London girl’s unusual conversation on social media sparked a police investigation that led to luring charges against a Hamilton man.
And London police say they would like to hear from anyone else who shared messages or images with a specific Instagram account.
The 10-year-old girl told her parents about a conversation she had on Instagram with a user with more than 1,500 followers who goes by the name @amanda_brouwerr, police said Thursday.
The account’s profile says it is a modelling page and has an image of a young girl, police said.
The account holder, who claims a 13-year-old girl named Amanda, asked the London girl if she wanted to model for an Instagram page and asked for photos of her feet.
The parents contacted London police after learning about their daughter’s conversation.
Members of the force’s internet child exploitation unit searched a home in Hamilton on Wednesday. Officers seized a mobile device containing “numerous images” believed to be child pornography, police said.
Police said the @amanda_brouwerr account on Instagram, a photo and video sharing service used by many children and teens, was being run by a man.
“London police believe that there are additional (people) who may have been in contact with this individual or shared images through the @amanda_brouwerr Instagram account, and are asking (them) to contact police,” police said in a news release.
Anyone with information about the incident or the Instagram account is asked to call police at (519) 661-5670 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
A 24-year-old Hamilton man is charged with invitation to sexual touching with a person under 16 years of age, two counts of luring a person under 16 years old by telecommunication and unlawfully possessing child pornography.
He will appear in London court Feb. 20.
The Instagram account @amanda_brouwerr remained active Thursday morning after London police announced luring charges against a Hamilton man. London police allege the account was created by a man urge anyone who sent messages or images to it to contact them at 519-661-5670.