I wrote 'mostly by men' because it is certainly not exclusive of women. There have been at least a few cases where women will actually lure a child for the express purpose of being raped by her partner.
State police in Lancaster County are seeking a man accused of attempted child luring in Leacock Township last week.
Police said the man asked a 14-year-old girl to get into his gray sedan around 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 1. The man fled the scene at Yost and Tabor roads when the girl did not get in the car, police said.
The man is described as 25 to 30 years old, with shaved or short hair, and a reddish brown beard.
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact state police in Lancaster at 717-299-7650.
Virginian in Jail in British Columbia
Police in Abbotsford, B.C., have arrested a 33-year-old Virginia man who met a 13-year-old girl on social media, started texting with her, then spent the night with her in a hotel room last weekend.
Joshua Michael Napoli, of Newport News, Virginia, is charged with sexual assault against a child, child luring, and sexual interference.
Napoli first met the Abbotsford girl over social media in July 2015, said Abbotsford police.
"Numerous texts were sent back and forth and ultimately a plan was hatched where the 33-year-old would make his way into British Columbia," said Const. Ian MacDonald.
Napoli rented a hotel room in Abbotsford on Saturday. The girl met him there, and stayed until the next day, but left the hotel and contacted her guardian, who contacted police.
Investigators arrested Napoli outside the hotel room on Sunday.
"This incident serves as a reminder for all parents to be aware of the online activities of their children," said MacDonald.
Victoria Police also Charge Man for Luring
CTV Vancouver Island
A Victoria man accused of attempting to lure underage girls online is facing 13 related charges, prompting police to ask any other possible victims to come forward.
Police said parents of some of the alleged victims contacted them with information that led to the charges. Those victims include five youths between the ages of 12 to 17.
Aaron Craig, 28, faces three counts of luring a child under the age of 14, two counts of luring a child under the age of 18, four counts of communicating or obtaining sexual services of a person under the age of 18 and two counts of uttering threats, according to Victoria police.
He was arrested Friday and remains in custody.
Craig was also charged with three counts of breach of probation because he was specifically prohibited from contacting young girls online due to “previous similar incidents,” police said.
None of the children were physically harmed.
Police believe there could be other victimized youth, and are asking parents to check in with their kids to find out.
“If you discover that someone has been inappropriately contacting your kids online, consider reporting to your local police or through cybertip.ca,” Det. Sgt. Kristi Ross said in a statement.
Police are also urging parents to discuss online safety with their children, especially when it comes to geo-tagging options that can give away a person’s location based on where they post to social media.