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Vice arrests 26 year old for attempting to lure underage girls for sex via internet

 A 26 year old Surrey resident is the latest man to be arrested by the VPD Vice Unit for allegedly attempting to meet underage girls for sex via the internet.

 

On November 7th, Robert John Harmsworth was arrested in Surrey and is facing one count of communicating via a computer to lure a child under 14 years of age.

 

In early September, a Vice investigator posed as a young girl on the internet, was approached by Harmsworth, and they began exchanging e-mails. Harmsworth allegedly exchanged e-mails of a sexual nature with the undercover officer.

 

Arrangements were made between the two to meet at a Surrey Skytrain Station and when Harmsworth showed up to meet who he thought was a 13 year old girl, Vice members arrested him.

 

A search warrant was obtained for Harmsworth’s residence and police seized several pieces of evidence including a computer and other data storage devices.

 

Harmsworth, who was not previously known to police, was due to appear at 9:00 a.m. this morning in Vancouver Provincial Court.

 

The Children of the Streets Society launched a new campaign earlier this year aimed at child predators who solicit children on line called "Predator Watch.” For more information, visit their website at www.predatorwatch.ca.

 

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