Lo­cal man thought he was meet­ing 14-year-old girl

The Peterborough Examiner - - NEWS - TODD VANDONK

Jus­tice Stu­art Konyer called Jesse Smith’s be­hav­iour trou­bling as he sen­tenced the Peter­bor­ough man to more than a year in jail.

Last month, Smith pleaded guilty to child lur­ing for sex­ual in­ter­fer­ence. Konyer handed down his sen­tence in the On­tario Court of Jus­tice in Peter­bor­ough on Mon­day.

“You rep­re­sent a risk to chil­dren in our com­mu­nity,” Konyer said while sen­tenc­ing the 29-year-old to 14 months in jail, and 18 months pro­ba­tion.

Smith has been in cus­tody since July 5, and was cred­ited with 217 days of pre-sen­tence cus­tody, leav­ing him with six months and 23 days left to serve be­hind bars.

Ac­cord­ing to the agreed state­ment facts, Peter­bor­ough po­lice’s in­ter­net child ex­ploita­tion (ICE) unit re­ceived in­for­ma­tion that Smith was hav­ing in­ap­pro­pri­ate con­ver­sa­tions on­line with un­der­age girls. Po­lice set up a fake Face­book ac­count and sent Smith a friend re­quest. On June 29, Smith ac­cepted the friend re­quest and be­gan chat­ting with who he be­lieved was a 14-year-old girl.

Fur­ther, Smith asked the “girl” if she had an age limit for who she’d have sex with. He also asked the “girl” sev­eral other sex­ual things, and sent two full­body naked pho­tos, two pho­tos of his pe­nis and a video of him­self mas­tur­bat­ing.

On July 5, 2019, the “girl” said she was com­ing to Peter­bor­ough. Smith sent her a photo of him so she’d know what he was wear­ing, and told the of­fi­cer he would meet her at the Sim­coe Street bus station with a Pepsi in hand.

In­stead, po­lice showed up at the station to find Smith sit­ting on a bench with a Pepsi for him­self and a sec­ond one for the girl he thought was com­ing.

“It is a se­ri­ous at­tempt on your part,” Jus­tice Konyer said.

“That be­hav­iour is very trou­bling.”

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