Vancouver Police Vice Unit nabs internet child lurer
Forty-two year old West Vancouver resident Richard Christopher Garcia is the latest man to be arrested by the VPD Vice Unit for internet child luring. Garcia was arrested on August 12th and is now charged with one count of ‘Communicating via a Computer to Lure a Child under 14’.
In early August, Vice Unit investigators monitoring the internet noticed an ad on Craig's List where a man was seeking to meet a school-age girl for sexual purposes. A Vice investigator posed as a 14 year old girl and struck up an on-line relationship with Garcia who allegedly exchanged emails of a sexual nature with the officer. Arrangements were then made between the two to meet at a pre-determined location. Vice Unit members moved in and made the arrest when Garcia allegedly showed up to meet who he thought was a 14 year old girl.
Garcia, who is not previously known to police, has been released on a Recognizance of Bail with the following conditions:
- not to access the internet
- not to possess any computer, cell phone or PDA which has internet access
- not be in the company of any female under 16 yrs unless accompanied by a parent or guardian of that person
The Children of the Street Society launched a new campaign earlier this year aimed at child predators who solicit children online, called “Predator Watch.” For more information, go to PredatorWatch.ca.