An HIV positive youth pastor at a church in Courtice is accused of luring a 15-year-old boy online and attempting to meet the youngster for “a sexual encounter.”
Durham Regional Police claim the 42-year-old Newcastle man, who allegedly used collegetoy2033 as his profile name, befriended the teen online not knowing the boy was actually an undercover Internet Child Exploitation unit officer.
“Investigators met the accused at the prearranged location and after being taken into custody, it was determined (he) is a youth pastor with the (Trulls Road) Free Methodist Church in Courtice, Ontario, and has travelled extensively over the last decade,” Det. Randy Norton said Friday.
However, he was quick to point out “this luring incident is in no way connected to the church.”