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Guelph man charged in child luring investigation: police

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Guelph police say a 24-year-old man has been charged in a child-luring investigation after allegedly trying to meet up with a 12-year-old girl.

The investigation started on Dec. 8 after investigators were notified that a man was having “sexual conversations” with a child, police said in a news release.

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Police added that an in-person meeting was also arranged.

“When the male arrived at the meeting spot Wednesday morning, he was instead met by members of the Guelph Police Service,” police said in a news release.

The man was arrested and charged with luring a person under the age of 16 and agreeing to commit a sexual offence against a person under the age of 16.

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The man was released on conditions, including one banning him from possessing any device that can access the internet but according to police, he was seen buying a new cell phone about 90 minutes after his release.

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He was arrested again for breaching his conditions.

Guelph police have not released the suspect’s name. He is scheduled to appear in court on March 23.

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