Peter­bor­ough man pleads guilty to child lur­ing over the in­ter­net

The Peterborough Examiner - - NEWS - TODD VANDONK

Steve Dar­ring­ton wanted the 14-year-old girl he met on­line to bring him used un­der­wear.

The Peter­bor­ough man wanted to take her vir­gin­ity or help the young teen gain sex­ual ex­pe­ri­ence.

“I am look­ing for a young vir­gin,” Dar­ring­ton wrote — un­der the user name oral­guy10 — in an on­line clas­si­fied ad. On Mon­day, Dar­ring­ton pleaded guilty to child lur­ing for sex­ual in­ter­fer­ence.

Ac­cord­ing to the agreed state­ment of facts read by as­sis­tant Crown at­tor­ney Amanda Kok, the 58-year-old’s ad caught the eye of a mem­ber of the city po­lice in­ter­net child ex­ploita­tion unit.

Be­tween mid-June and July 4, Dar­ring­ton com­mu­ni­cated with an un­der­cover po­lice of­fi­cer pos­ing as a 14-year-old girl.

Dar­ring­ton in­structed the alias how to do a num­ber of sex­ual things, in­clud­ing how to mas­tur­bate.

He also re­quested a photo of her vagina.

Af­ter 14 days of com­mu­ni­ca­tion, Dar­ring­ton ar­ranged to meet the alias on Ar­mour Road, near Trent Univer­sity, so he could drive her to Emily Pro­vin­cial Park.

How­ever, when he ar­rived at Ar­mour Road, po­lice were there to ar­rest him.

Dar­ring­ton pro­vided a full con­fes­sion at the po­lice sta­tion and has re­mained in cus­tody since his ar­rest.

He re­turns to court Dec. 2 for sen­tenc­ing.

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