Indian-Canadian who tried to lure minor to be sentenced next month

Toronto, Jan 18: An Indian-origin man in Canada who tried to lure a 13-year-old girl for sex in 2010 will be sentenced next month, a media report said.

Judge Richard Elson of a court in Regina in Saskatchewan province heard sentencing recommendations from prosecutor Loreley Berra and defence lawyer Wei Wu Friday for 32-year-old Yashandeep Dhillon, the Leader Post reported.

Dhillon was found guilty in October 2013 of luring the girl for sex through social media.

Dhillon arrived in Canada in 2010 from India and logged onto an internet chatroom called “Edmonton Locals” and found someone, who identified herself as a 13-year-old girl from Saskatchewan.

Between Oct 15 and Dec 17 of 2010, the messages took on a sexual nature, and Dhillon expressed his sexual desire to the girl.

On Dec 17, 2010, Dhillon arranged to meet the girl at a bus stop in Regina.

There, a police officer was posing as the young girl and Dhillon was arrested.

The prosecutor recommended a one-year jail sentence followed by three years of probation and Dhillon would be required to submit a DNA sample to authorities and be placed on a national sex offender registry for 20 years.

The defence lawyer argued that the prosecutor’s sentencing recommendation was too harsh and instead proposed a three-month jail term followed by probation.

Wu argued his client did not have any previous criminal record and that he regrets what he has done. He as a new immigrant was ignorant of Canadian law.

“This was a situation that didn’t occur in a short or quick period of time. It was a four-month period of time (and) that conversation developed into extreme, sexual explicit comments,” prosecutor Berra was quoted as saying.