A 19-year-old Dartmouth man is facing charges after allegedly sending sexually explicit photos of himself to a 12-year-old girl in Maryland.
Richard Malcolm Coakley is also alleged to have been planning a trip to Maryland to meet the girl, according to Halifax Regional Police spokesman Const. Pierre Bourdages.
Local police were alerted to the situation in late May by law enforcement from Harford County, an area northeast of Baltimore. A subsequent investigation ended on July 11 when police say Coakley was arrested at an apartment in Dartmouth. Computers were also seized at that time.
“This sort of cross-border investigation doesn’t happen every single day,” Bourdages said. “We received tremendous cooperation from law enforcement in the United States.”
Bourdages said that cases that cross national borders can be complicated and generally take more time to resolve than those that are strictly local.
“There are different laws and processes to work through, and that takes time,” he said.
Coakley is scheduled to appear in Dartmouth provincial court Aug. 12 and will face charges of possession of child pornography, invitation to sexual touching and three counts of luring a child.
He has been released from custody with conditions to not communication with children under the age of 16, not to access the internet and not to be within 50 metres of a place frequented by children, such as a playground or school.