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Driver arrested in Duncan after teacher steps in to protect children

Jan 11 2012

A teacher thwarted a suspected child luring attempt when she confronted a man who was dangling a skipping rope from his vehicle.

The teacher, from Alexander Elementary School, was walking with 14 students at the Chesterfield sports field in Duncan when two eight-year-old girls left the group and approached a vehicle.

A man sitting in a grey 2003 Chevrolet Blazer was hanging a rope out of the window, "appearing to try to get the girls to take it," North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP spokesman Cpl. Kevin Day said.

"It appeared he was attempting to lure two eight-year-old girls toward the car," Day said. "What the male's intentions were is unknown at this time."

The teacher approached the man and told him his actions were inappropriate, while whisking away the students.

She called police and officers arrested a 66-year-old Duncan man in the parking lot.

The incident happened about 10:30 a.m. Friday.

The man was released without charge, but Crown prosecutors are in the process of approving a peace bond, which would place him under strict conditions for one year. The conditions would include the man having no contact with anyone under 16 or attending any place where children under 16 are known to frequent.

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP encountered the same man in July 2009, when a 14-year-old girl delivering papers told her mother he had offered her money and Red Bull when she went to his door.

The mother told police and they warned the man about his behaviour. He was not charged.

"There's nothing to indicate his behaviour is escalating, but this most recent incident is of concern and we want to make sure the public is aware," Day said.

The man is described as Caucasian, five-foot-nine, 146 pounds with a full, greying beard and with blond, greying hair.


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