Windsor Star

Man, 40, faces child luring rap



A 40-year-old Windsor man who allegedly used his computer to contact young boys for sexual purposes — but in two instances was actually communicat­ing with a police officer — is facing charges.

Police say the suspect had been communicat­ing with people he believed were boys under the age of 16 but he was actually communicat­ing with detectives from the Windsor police child pornograph­y unit.

Windsor police Staff Sgt. Ed McNorton said the individual facing charges was brought to the attention of police by an acquaintan­ce after they saw a photo of him on a website and became concerned enough to contact police.

“Our guys went online and posed as a 15-year-old boy,” said McNorton.

“When in contact with what he believed to be a 15-year-old boy he then fondled himself in view of the camera.”

After this behaviour police executed a search warrant at the suspect’s Bruce Avenue home and discovered a quantity of printed child pornograph­y. They also seized two computers. Police do not believe the man was producing child pornograph­y and are investigat­ing whether he actually made contact with real boys.

The man was arrested without incident and is facing two counts of luring a child. Charged is Steven Slade, 40. The case is just the latest for the two detectives in the child pornograph­y unit, who are also experts in computer forensic investigat­ion.

“The Internet has presented a whole new list of problems,” said McNorton.

Police are releasing little additional informatio­n and the case remains under investigat­ion.

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