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Adam Ouellette Re-Arrested for Child Porn After Allegedly Flying to SFO to Meet Teen for Sex

A Canadian man who allegedly began an inappropriate online relationship with a San Mateo teenager has been re-arrested on child porn charges in San Diego, one week after being booked and released from the San Mateo County Jail on charges of attempted statutory rape and arranging to have sex with a minor, San Mateo police Sgt. Dave Norris said today. Police detectives originally received information from the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force that Adam Ouellette, 26, a Canadian citizen of Calgary, had allegedly been in an online conversation with a 16-year-old girl.

The conversation tipped off detectives that Ouellette might travel the distance to meet the girl in person for sex, Norris said. Posing as the girl, detectives pursued the conversation, Norris said, which led them to discover that Ouellette had allegedly arranged to fly to San Francisco International Airport with intentions of meeting the girl for sex. In a multi-agency effort that included teams from the Calgary Police Service and the Southern Alberta Internet Child Exploitation Team who ensured the suspect boarded the plane; teams from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations and the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office Airport Division, on March 19, Ouellette was arrested and booked into the San Mateo County Jail.

Upon further investigation, Norris said, his team reviewed evidence and allegedly discovered the presence of child pornography on an electronic device possessed by the suspect. “At that time as part of the investigation, we obtained a second warrant for his arrest on possession of child pornography and additional charges related to the attempt to travel to meet a minor for sex,” Norris said. The second warrant was served on him on Tuesday at a relative’s home in San Diego, where police took him into custody. Norris said this is a prime example of the great resources the department has like the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. “We had an actual person at risk being contacted by a suspect and we were able to intervene and capture the person who was responsible for attempting this type of behavior with a minor,” Norris said.

“It was a great opportunity for our detectives to actually put a person in handcuffs who’s responsible for this type of Internet preying.” Norris said his department spends a great deal of time educating children and parents on the risk of the Internet. It is as dangerous of a crime as the run-of-the-mill burglary and fraud crimes that the department works to educate people on the prevention of, he said. “The Internet is a great tool, it’s a great thing for everyone to be able to education themselves and expand their experiences, but it can be a dangerous place and parents need to be conscious of the dangers it can pose to their children,” he said.

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