On Tuesday, January 25, 2011, the accused, Serge ARSENEAULT, 31, was sentenced to serve 16 months in jail in Scotland and has been placed on the sex offenders register for 10 years at Dumfries Sheriff Court, after pleading guilty to luring offences under Scottish law.
Investigators with the Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary arrested ARSENEAULT in Scotland on Saturday, April 10, 2010, after receiving an anonymous tip that he had travelled to the country to engage in sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl. During the course of their investigation, police learned ARSENEAULT had met the girl on the Internet and developed a relationship with her.
Police in Scotland enlisted the assistance of York Regional Police and a search warrant was executed at ARSENEAULT’s residence in Richmond Hill on Thursday, April 15, 2010. Two computers were seized and forensically examined by investigators with the Technical Data Recovery Unit. Evidence was recovered that supported the luring case in Scotland.