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Charges laid in child luring case

John Wells (left) and Kelly Pearson. - Surrey RCMP
John Wells (left) and Kelly Pearson.
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Police believe they have found victims of child luring, but fear there are more yet unknown victims.

Surrey RCMP have laid charges against John Wells, 24, and Kelly Pearson, 24, both from Delta, in relation to alleged sexual misconduct involving children.

Pearson was arrested and charged on Aug. 13 with three counts of invitation to sexual touching, one count of sexual interference and one count of possession of child pornography.

Wells was arrested on the same day and charged with five counts of luring a child and one count of sexual touching.

The two have been released from custody on strict conditions, including no contact with their victims, no contact with anyone 16 years of age or under and no access the Internet.

Their offences are believed to have occurred online and at a paintball field in Surrey where they regularly played in a paintball league.

Investigators have been successful at identifying some of the victims affected, but believe there may be further victims and witnesses who have yet to come forward.

The Surrey RCMP is asking for public assistance to further this criminal investigation.

Anyone with more information is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP Special Victims Unit at 604-599-0502 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS if you wish to remain anonymous.

Reference file number 2014-101966 when contacting police.

 

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