Man sentenced to weekends in jail for luring Truro teen over Internet

Justice

A former Halifax man has been sentenced to 90 days in jail, to be served on weekends, for luring a Truro teen over the Internet for a sexual purpose.

The Truro News reports 40-year-old Matthew Russell Ward, who now lives in Fredericton, N.B., was recently sentenced in Halifax provincial court.

Court heard Ward, using a fake identity, sent a Facebook friend request to the 14-year-old girl in early September 2017. 

After learning the girl was in Grade 9, Ward suggested they hang out, offered to supply her with alcohol and told her he wanted to make out with her and have unprotected sex.

The teen sent him a selfie after he asked for a picture, but she declined Ward's repeated requests to meet for sex in a hotel room, in his car or at her house.

The girl's mother discovered the messages about a week after Ward first contacted the teen and notified police.

After completing his jail sentence, Ward will be on probation for two years and will no be allowed to associate with anyone under the age of 18 without another adult present.

The judge also prohibited him from possessing or using any device capable of accessing the Internet, except while in the immediate presence of another adult.