Kyle McLauchlan

Jan 16, 2015 | Vote0   0

Durham man faces child luring charges for second time in two years

Suspect was on probation for previous sex offence

DurhamRegion.com

DURHAM — An Oshawa man arrested in 2013 for attempting to lure children by posing as a fashion photographer has been charged again with the same offence.

Kyle McLauchlan had served a jail sentence and was on probation when he was charged Thursday, Jan. 15 with luring, Durham police said. Mr. McLauchlan, 52, of Bruce Street in Oshawa, was busted after an online investigation by members of the Internet Child Exploitation Unit, Sergeant Bill Calder said.

The suspect engaged in exchanges with police that led to the charge, he explained. Police now want to hear from anyone who may have had contact with the man.

“I don’t believe there is an identified victim,” Sgt. Calder said. “But we do want to see if there are any victims.”

Police said the suspect claimed to operate a modelling company called Freelance Photographers Inc., supposedly based in New York, and attempted to recruit young girls for photo sessions via Facebook. The suspect also used the company name Models Inc., police said.

Mr. McLauchlan is charged with luring a child, attempting to make child pornography and breach of probation. He was held for a bail hearing.

In 2013 the suspect was arrested for luring after engaging in online conversation with an undercover cop who posed as a 14-year-old girl. The suspect was arrested as he arrived at an arranged meeting place in Whitby, police said at the time.

According to court records Mr. McLauchlan, who lived then in Whitby, pleaded guilty in August of 2013 to a single count of luring and was sentenced to 18 months in jail, followed by probation; he was also placed on the national sex offender registry for 20 years. He is subject to orders that prohibit him from possessing weapons or attending public areas where children might congregate.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 905-579-1520, extension 5363.

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