WINNIPEG – An undercover police operation has landed a man behind bars.
Winnipeg police say the suspect posted an ad on a popular social media site asking to meet with a ‘young women for sexual encounters.’
“That’s how his advertisements specifically said he was looking for ‘young, young women’ is what he specifically said in his advertisement,” said Patrol Sgt. Andree Huberdeau said.
An undercover officer, posing as a 15 year old, responded the ad.
“The two began communicating via test message. The male made arrangements to meet with the undercover officer and offered money in exchange for sexual acts,” said Huberdeau.
“And the undercover investigator in this case was very specific and she reminded him on several occasions that she was only 15.”
Derek Smart, 38, was arrested on Thursday and charged with ‘Luring a Person Under 16 years’ and Obtaining Sexual Services From a Person Under 18 years.’
He remains in custody.