St. Catharines man charged with child luring

St. Catharines man charged with child luring

The investigation began in June 2023 and in October detectives from the Greater Sudbury Police Service in northern Ontario joined the investigation.

PRESS RELEASE
NIAGARA REGIONAL POLICE SERVICE
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In June 2023, Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) detectives assigned to the Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Unit launched a proactive investigation to target individuals in our community who are using the internet to contact children for sexual purposes. In October 2023, this investigation became a joint venture with detectives from the Greater Sudbury Police Service Internet Child Exploitation Unit.

Over a period of several months, Dale J Cull (aged 63) used the internet to converse with several people he believed to be under the age of 16. In doing so, he committed the following offences:

  • luring a child by telecommunication to facilitate the offence of sexual assault
  • luring a child by telecommunication to facilitate the offence of incitement to sexual contact

On July 9, 2024, detectives executed a search warrant at a private residence in the City of St. Catharines and seized devices capable of storing electronic data. Dale J Cull was located at the residence and arrested at the same time.

“Detectives with the Internet Child Exploitation Unit have reason to believe that Dale J Cull was using online platforms under the usernames “Niagarafun” and “Dale Me” to commit crimes against other children online. If you have any information regarding this individual, please contact the Niagara Regional Police Service at 905-688-4111.”

Dale J Cull was remanded in custody following his arrest and is scheduled to appear for a bail hearing on July 10, 2024 at the Robert SK Welch Courthouse, located at 59 Church Street, in the City of St. Catharines.

“This arrest demonstrates the dedication of our members to ensuring the protection of some of the most vulnerable members of our community, sending a strong message that predatory behaviour associated with using the Internet to lure children for sexual purposes will not be tolerated in Niagara.”

For more information on how parents and guardians can keep children safe online, click here

The Niagara Regional Police Service is a member of the Provincial Strategy to Protect Children from Online Sexual Exploitation and Abuse and investigates online child exploitation offences in partnership with Ontario police services and international partners. This investigative initiative was made possible through a grant from the Ministry of the Solicitor General.

Members of the public who wish to provide information anonymously are encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers of Niagara online or by calling 1-800-222-8477. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards to individuals who contact the program with information leading to an arrest.

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