WINNIPEG — A former Winnipeg elementary school caretaker has been given one year in jail for a series of sexually-explicit Facebook chats with a 13-year-old girl.
David Harder admitted to the charge of Internet luring against the teen, who was a former student. He was seeking a conditional sentence which would have allowed him to remain free in the community.
Provincial court Judge Brent Stewart called the crime a disturbing act of “verbal debauchery.”
He noted Harder knew exactly how young the victim was, unlike other cases which come before the courts where there may be some doubt.
Court heard the victim’s mother discovered the graphic conversations when the girl left her laptop open one afternoon.
Harder, 47, who has quit his job, was also placed on three years probation and his name will placed on the national sex offender registry for the next decade.
» Winnipeg Free Press
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition February 15, 2014