EDMONTON — A judge has found a former youth soccer coach in Edmonton guilty of trying to arrange sex online with an 11-year-old girl.
Court heard during his trial that Wesley Vander Leeuw thought he was contacting a mother and her daughter when he tried to arrange a meeting.
He was actually dealing with an undercover police officer who had created an online persona named "Shannon" following a tip in 2016.
Investigators said Vander Leeuw sent sexually explicit messages to Shannon asking how she wanted her daughter to learn about sex.
Vander Leeuw's lawyer argued over a five-day trial in June that his client had made a Craigslist ad inviting other adults to a hot-tub party.
The lawyer said Vander Leeuw became concerned by a woman who he thought might be abusing children and he was trying to get more evidence to submit to police.
The judge found Vander Leeuw's story wasn't credible.
The Canadian Press