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Man charged with child luring; arrested again

A local man, 45, has been arrested a second time in relation to a charge of luring a child under 16 via computer. After breaching conditions, he can no longer be around anyone under the age of 16, police confirmed. - Trail Times file
A local man, 45, has been arrested a second time in relation to a charge of luring a child under 16 via computer. After breaching conditions, he can no longer be around anyone under the age of 16, police confirmed.
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A Trail man charged with child luring has been released from jail again, this time on bail and with tighter conditions.

“A 45-year old male from Trail, Sheldon Scott Hutcheson, who goes by the name Scott Hutcheson was arrested for a second time for breach of conditions,” RCMP Sgt. Darren Oelke confirmed to the Trail Times.

Hutcheson made contact with the alleged victim and breached a condition of his first arrest on Feb. 25, Oelke said.

He was arrested for the breach on April 12 and remained in custody until Tuesday (April 18) when he went before a judge in Rossland Provincial Court.

After this second arrest, Hutcheson is not to attend any school, park, playground, swimming pool or any other place frequented by persons under the age of 16, unless approved by his bail supervisor, and he must carry a copy of that approval.

Other conditions include, Hutcheson is to have no contact or communications directly nor be alone or in the presence of any person known to be under the ago of 16, unless approved by his bail supervisor, and he must carry a copy of that approval.

Additionally, Hutcheson is not allowed to have any functioning Internet connection.

Oelke confirmed he was released on bail with a deposit and his next court appearance is May 4.

When Hutcheson was first arrested in February for “communicate via computer to lure child under 16” he was released by a Justice of the Peace with a number of conditions. Most notably, he was allowed to be around children under 16 provided he was in the company of another adult (defined as 30 years or older).

Oelke says the man was charged mid-February following an investigation by the Greater Trail detachment, the Crime Reduction Unit and the Kootenay Boundary GIS.

In cases that involve the Internet, any computers or other devices seized by police are subsequently sent off for forensic analysis. Hutcheson’s computer went to Cranbrook for initial investigation, Oelke added.

If further analysis is required the electronics will be forwarded to the RCMP forensic laboratory in Vancouver.

 

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