HIV-Positive Man Arrested In Luring Investigation
An HIV-positive man from Newcastle has been arrested after it's believed he tried to meet a minor online for a sexual encounter.
But the minor is question was actually a police investigator posing as a 15-year-old male.
42-year-old Kris Allen Gowdy is alleged to have used the profile name "collegetoy2033" on social media sites. Investigators met the suspect at a prearranged location. After he was taken into custody, police found out he is a youth pastor with the Free Methodist Church in Courtice.
He has been charged with Luring a Child Via Computer and Attempted Aggravated Sexual Assault.
Officers believe there could be more victims.
Gowdy is believed to contracted the virus around 1990 and officers are concerned for people's safety.
He has travelled extensively over the last decade including to places like Saskatchewan, New Brunswick and Rochester, New York.
Both Durham Regional Police and the OPP Internet Child Exploitation unit are involved in the investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Randy Norton of the Major Crime Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Unit – Internet Child Exploitation Unit at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 5363 or Crime Stoppers.