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Calgary man charged over alleged attempt to lure teen

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A Calgary man has been charged after allegedly trying to lure a teenage girl through babysitting ads she posted online.

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Police say the girl posted the ads online and was approached by a man posing as a parent who needed a babysitter for his daughter. Investigators say the conversation quickly turned inappropriate, with the man sending sexual comments and telling the girl that he would pay her for inappropriate photos.

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The girl told her mother, who contacted the police.

Over a months-long investigation, police have been working to identify the man, who had used the false name “Derek” online. Five months later, police executed a search warrant on the 2200 block of 32 Avenue SW and 48-year-old Scott Charles Malbeuf was arrested and charged with luring a child under the age of 18 through a telecommunications device.

Police are urging parents to talk to their children about what to do if a stranger makes them uncomfortable, ask for help and notify the police. They offered the following tips to help parents ensure their children’s online safety:

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  • Protect personal information. Do not give out information such as birth dates, addresses, your full name or other personal details to strangers online.
  • Know what is appropriate and inappropriate behavior. Understand and talk to children about how to interact with other people online and through social media, and what to do if they experience inappropriate behavior. It is illegal to request sexual or explicit photos of minors and such requests must be reported immediately.
  • Understand who’s on the other side. It is important for children to understand that not everyone they interact with online is who they say they are. If things seem suspicious, notify a trusted adult immediately.

Malbeuf will appear in court on November 28.

mrodriguez@postmedia.com

Twitter: @michaelrdrguez

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