By Tim Fontaine
APTN National News
Halifax – A former high ranking official with the Assembly of First Nations has been charged with internet child luring.
Halifax Regional Police and RCMP say Pierre (Rick) Joseph Simon, 57, of Hilden, N.S. was among five men nabbed in a four-day police sting.
According to the information released by police, members of the HRP and RCMP Integrated Internet Child Exploitation and Vice unit posed as a 16-year-old child online. The five men were arrested as they went to Halifax hotels allegedly to pay for sex with the girl.
Simon, who was previously the AFN Regional Chief for Nova Scotia and Newfoundland & Labrador, has been released and is set to appear in Halifax provincial court on April 2, 2013.
He’s been charged with “using a computer to communicate with a person believed to be under 18 for the purpose of engaging in prostitution.”
More to follow.