Investigation into online child luring leads to charges for St. Catharines man

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Published July 10, 2024 at 9:15 pm

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A 63-year-old St. Catharines man is facing charges in connection with an investigation into people using the internet to lure minors for sexual purposes.

Detectives from the Niagara Regional Police’s Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Unit began the proactive investigation in June of 2023 to target people in the community who go online to contact children.

Local investigators would join forces with the ICE Unit from the Greater Sudbury Police Service  in October of 2023 and the joint venture, the investigators say, came across Dale J. Cull online.

“Over a several month span, Dale J Cull (63-years-old) used the internet to converse with multiple people who he believed to be under the age of 16 years,” allege Niagara police.

On Tuesday (July 9), a search warrant was issued for a private residence in St. Catharines and police said they seized devices capable of storing electronic date. Cull was at the residence and was arrested.

Cull has been charged with the following:

  • Luring a child via telecommunication to facilitate the offence of sexual interference
  • Luring a child via telecommunication to facilitate the offence of invitation to sexual touching

Cull was held in custody and was set to appear for a bail hearing on July 10 in St. Catharines.

“Detectives from the Internet Child Exploitation Unit have reason to believe that Dale J Cull was using online platforms with the username ‘Niagarafun’ and ‘Dale Me’ to commit offences against other children on the internet,” allege Niagara police.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact police at 905-688-4111. Information can also be provided anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers of Niagara at 1-800-222-8477 or visiting online at www.crimestoppersniagara.ca.

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