Judge rules email evidence allowed in child luring case

Rosie Mullaley
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The contents of emails will be permitted to be used as evidence in the trial of a Paradise man suspected of trying to lure young girls over the Internet, a judge has ruled.

Sean Patrick Mills, who is accused of luring girls on the Internet, was back in provincial court in St. John’s Friday for a decision on a Charter application.

The decision was rendered Friday in provincial court in St. John’s by Judge David Orr in the case of Sean Patrick Mills.

Defence lawyer Rosellen Sullivan had filed an application to have the emails — which were reportedly sent by Mills — quashed. She argued the search and seizure were Charter of Rights violations.

But Orr opted to allow the evidence into the case, which will be back in court Jan. 31 to set dates for a spring trial.

Mills faces four charges of child luring for a sexual purpose using a computer. Two of the charges relate to children under the age of 16, and two relate to children under 18.

However, the children were actually undercover RNC officers who were posing as young girls on Facebook and Hotmail.

The officers, from the RNC’s child exploitation unit, began the investigation in March 2012.

Mills was arrested May 23, 2012. The offences are said to have occurred between March 20 and May 22, 2012. The 32-year-old has since been released on bail.


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