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Cop posing as girl snares Internet perv

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VICKI GOUGH | QMI AGENCY

CHATHAM, Ont. -- An Ilderton, Ont., man thought he was having explicit sexual conversations over the Internet with a 14-year-old girl when he suggested they get together for oral sex, court heard Thursday.
Thomas Patrick Russell, 28, pleaded guilty to one count of luring a child and one count of exposure for a sexual purpose to a person under age 16.

The accused, dressed in a suit and tie, sat quietly as an assistant Crown attorney read a statement of facts into the record.

The Crown said a member of the Chatham-Kent police Internet Child Exploitation Unit, posing as a 14-year-old girl, had more than 20 online conversations with the accused in March and April last year.

At the time, the defendant identified himself only as "hockey-guy2k69."

Court heard the conversations between Russell and the officer became more graphic over time.
According to the Crown, the defendant sent pictures of male genitals and pleasured himself on camera.

Chatham-Kent police arrested Russell at his home in May 2012 after working with other police agencies to learn his identity.

Police also seized two computers and a cellphone at Russell's home and workplace.

A judge deferred sentencing to allow time for preparation of a pre-sentence report.

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