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B.C. police lay child-luring charges in separate cases involving teenage girls

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September 09, 2015 - 6:30 PM

ABBOTSFORD - Police in British Columbia announced charges in two separate child-luring cases on Wednesday.

An American man who travelled to the province to allegedly meet with a 13-year-old girl has been charged with multiple sexual offences.

Police in Abbotsford said that 33-year-old Joshua Napoli of Newport News, Va., contacted the teen through social media and travelled to the Fraser Valley city.

Napoli rented a hotel room Saturday and the young girl met him there, officers said.

They said the teen stayed with him until Sunday.

"She left the hotel and contacted her guardian, who then contacted the Abbotsford Police Department."

Napoli was arrested outside the hotel and has been charged with sexual assault against a child, child luring and sexual interference.

Police in Victoria also announced Wednesday that a man accused of attempting to lure girls online has been charged with 13 offences.

Three of the charges against Aaron Craig, 28, resulted from a breach of conditions that prohibited him from contacting young girls via the Internet, said Sgt. Kristi Ross.

She said five of the girls are between 12 and 17, but there may be more victims.

"He was randomly trying to friend girls on Facebook," Ross said, adding Craig has been remanded in custody.

"A few of these girls friended him and had some conversations with him, and as it progressed it became concerning. So they confided in an adult they trusted and that person contacted police."

Ross said it's important for parents to know who their children are contacting through social media and consider having a contract that spells out expectations and consequences.

"You have to really be aware of what they're doing online so you can detect if they have a secondary account. Maybe they don't have a lot of activity on their main account, and you'd wonder why."

She said balancing the need for trust and protecting children is the key for parents who should have their kids' passwords.

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