Luring leads to jail time

Stewart Kerr, born in 1953, was sentenced Monday in Vernon Provincial Court.

A Vernon man has been sentenced to nine months in jail for telecommuting to lure a child under the age of 16.

Stewart Kerr, born in 1953, was sentenced Monday in Vernon Provincial Court.

He was also ordered placed on three years probation at the end of his sentence and must provide a DNA sample.

Kerr was arrested in August 2013 when he attended a fast food restaurant in Vernon to meet what he thought was a young boy he’d been communicating with online.

Instead, Kerr was arrested by the B.C. RCMP’s Integrated Child Exploitation (ICE) unit.

A number of investigators from B.C. ICE and the Integrated Sexual Predator Observation team (a specialized surveillance unit) travelled from the Lower Mainland to intercept a man at the restaurant, where he had arranged to meet who he thought was the young boy.

Assisted by the Vernon RCMP, the man was instead greeted by police investigators, and arrested for the offence of luring.