Man charged with lur­ing

St. Thomas Times-Journal - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

POST­MEDIA NEWS

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.

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