Inappropriate photos, texts part of child luring investigation: RCMP

Police in Fort St. John are warning parents and teens to be vigilant in their social media use, after a pair of local students received potentially illegal images from a stranger.

In a release, Fort St. John RCMP Cpl. Jodi Shelkie said officers have received information that two students received messages and images of an inappropriate nature both through Facebook and text messages.

The suspect, who police believe is in another province, allegedly asked the students to send back images of themselves.

“Many children use Facebook and other texting apps. It’s important for parents to ensure that their child is using privacy settings so unknown people cannot solicit them,” Shelkie said in the release.

“Talk to your children about not engaging in conversations with people they don’t know. The same rules that apply on the streets, apply online. You don’t want your child engaging with strangers in person. It can be just as dangerous for children to engage with strangers online.”

RCMP continue to investigate and are working with Facebook to locate the suspect, Shelkie said in the release.

Shelkie was not immediately available to comment on the exact nature of the images and messages the students had received. It was not immediately clear how the suspect first found and contacted the students.

Anyone who has received these images are being asked to call police at 250-787-8100.