Former Edmonton soldier sentenced for trying to lure 13-year-old online

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Tony Blais, Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 12:52 AM ET

A former Edmonton soldier who tried to lure a 13-year-old girl into having sex with him - including having her pretend to be a babysitter for his young son - is off to jail.

Brian Pettifer, 28, was handed a 14-month sentence, to be followed by three years of probation, after earlier pleading guilty in Court of Queen's Bench to a charge of online luring to facilitate sexual contact with a child.

Justice Eric Macklin said the sex crime amounts to an "online home invasion" and told Pettifer he abused a familial relationship and caused the vulnerable victim 'great harm' by treating her "like a sex object."

According to agreed facts, Pettifer - a former soldier at CFB Edmonton who has since been discharged from the military - was a family friend of the victim and she had known him her entire life.

In the spring of 2012, he gave her his cell phone number so they could chat via text messages.

 

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