Raunchy online sex chats with 'teen' nets jail time

TONY SPEARS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:50 PM ET

OTTAWA - Raunchy online sex chats with young girls punctuated Hector Ladouceur's lonely life.

He arranged to meet a 13-year-old girl, only to find out she was an Ottawa police officer.

On Wednesday, he was sentenced to nine months in jail after pleading guilty to luring, invitation to sexual touching and possessing child pornography.

The cop, acting on a tip from Gatineau, Que., police, added Ladouceur to her list of contacts.

Ladouceur, 45, was only too eager to respond, launching explicit, sexual conversations in June 2007.

He never made a secret of his age, or of the things he wanted to do to the woman he thought was a teenager.

"The Internet is not a tool to lure children," Judge Ann Alder said in her French-language decision.

Court reports show Ladouceur is a pedophile with a moderate risk of re-offending. The risk decreases with treatment, which Ladouceur has already begun.

Defence counsel Michel Bisson, asking for the minimum 45-day sentence, had argued police should have arrested Ladouceur sooner.

Cops spotted him using a library computer to chat up a 12- to 14-year-old boy in June 2007, but Ladouceur wasn't arrested until March 2009 - a year had elapsed and there was no contact between the two.

The public would have been protected sooner and Ladouceur would have been able to start treatment sooner, Bisson told Alder, who referenced his comments in her decision.

Crown prosecutor David Elhadad wanted 18 months for Ladouceur, who was arrested with a laptop containing 23 videos and 18 images of graphic boy porn.

Alder recommended he serve his time at a Brockville, Ont., treatment centre. She also gave him three years probation and placed him on the national sex offender registry for 20 years.

tony.spears@sunmedia.ca

Twitter: @ottawasuntonys


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