Child luring charge laid after police sting

Police detective posed online as a 15-year-old girl after information that a man was targetting teenagers for sex.

Police detective posed online as a 15-year-old girl after tips of man targeting teenagers for sex

An Abbotsford man has been charged with child luring for allegedly trying to arrange to have sex with someone he thought was a 15-year-old girl. (Getty Images)

Jeremy Roth, 23, of Abbotsford has been charged with child luring, after allegedly trying to arrange to have sex with someone he thought was a 15-year-old girl — but was actually a police detective.

Abbotsford police got a tip in December of last year that someone was posing online as a 19-year-old man and targeting 15-year-old girls for a sexual purpose, police said in a news release.

A detective from Abbotsford's major crime unit then posed online as a 15-year-old and communicated with the man.

He requested to meet the detective for sex, police allege.

Roth was arrested before the meeting on Monday.

He faces one charge of luring a child under the age of 16 — which, under the criminal code of Canada, extends to someone the accused believes is underage.

"This incident serves as a reminder for all parents to be aware of the online activities of their children," said the Abbotsford police in a statement.

"In addition, parents should be familiar with all of their children's friends and their whereabouts at all times."