A 43-year-old man from Windsor, Ont., has been sentenced to 3½ years in prison for using the internet to encourage a Saskatchewan teenager to leave her home and have a sexual relationship with him.
In March 2008, Daniel George Nickolson convinced the then-14-year-old from Swift Current to leave her home in the middle of the night and get on a bus with him heading east.
Nickolson, whom a Windsor court heard had promised to take care of the girl in exchange for a sexual relationship, was located with the girl and arrested at a bus depot in Winnipeg.
Nickolson pleaded guilty in Saskatchewan to child abduction and internet luring. On Tuesday, in a Windsor court, Nickolson was also found guilty of making child pornography available.
According to Canwest News, court heard Nickolson first made contact with the girl online in November 2007. After that, there were a series of contacts by phone and online.
A Crown prosecutor told court that on one occasion, Nickolson convinced the girl to reveal her chest and exposed himself to her, according to Canwest News.
Bob DiPietro, Nickolson's defence lawyer, said the case should serve as a reminder for parents to monitor how their children are using the internet.
"There's a lot of lonely people in this world and they use the internet chat lines to talk to people because they're lonely," DiPietro told CBC News.
"They figure that they're talking to another lonely person. But what they're really talking to is these sexual predators out there that are just lying in wait for these unsuspecting victims.
"I think that's what's happening out there," DiPietro added. "I think parents have to pay attention to what their kids are doing on the chat line."
During sentencing Tuesday, Nickolson was given credit for time served in custody, leaving 2½ years on his sentence.