Man, 40, faces child luring rap
BY CHRIS THOMPSON
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.