Suspect arrested after suspicious interaction with child on school playground

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Kingston Police have arrested a suspect in a suspicious interaction with a child which allegedly took place at a school in downtown Kingston in early February.

According to Kingston Police, they arrested the suspect on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2023 at approximately 1:30 p.m., at an address in midtown Kingston, “following an extensive investigation by the Kingston Police Criminal Investigations Division.”

According to Kingston Police’s original report on the incident, on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2023, at approximately 1:20 p.m., the suspect had approached a young child who was playing in a school yard at a school in downtown Kingston. “The accused had asked the young child to perform specific acts in return for monetary compensation. There had been no physical contact between the accused and the child. The accused had travelled on foot in the area of Brock Street and Barrie Street before and following the encounter,” Kingston Police said in their release.

The suspect, a 25-year-old Kingston resident, was charged with two counts of criminal harassment as a result of the incident. According to Kingston Police, the suspect was already under a Section 161 order, which is made when an offender is convicted of an offence concerning persons under the age 16. Under Section 161 of the Criminal Code of Canada, a court may make an order prohibiting an offender from certain activities that may put them in contact with persons under the age of 16. As a result of this incident, Kingston Police also charged the suspect with three counts of breaching that court order.

The accused was subsequently transported to police headquarters and held to attend a bail hearing the following day.

Kingston Police said that they would like to thank the public for the tips that they have already provided, and urged anyone with additional information to come forward. “If you have additional information that may assist with this investigation such as dash camera footage from the date and time of the original incident, please contact Kingston Police at 613-549-4660. You can also provide tips anonymously by calling our general number 613-549-4660 ext. 0 and asking to remain anonymous,” police said.

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