Mississauga man arrested for allegedly using social media to lure children

Jul 17 2019, 6:55 pm

Halton Regional Police have made an arrest in the investigation of a man who allegedly attempted to lure children through social media.

Law enforcement said the suspect used a variety of social media applications and multiple online identities.

On June 10, members of the Halton Regional Police Service Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Unit commenced an online investigation utilizing a number of social media platforms.

​As a result of this investigation 58-year-old, Ralph Capitelli of Mississauga was arrested on July 16 and has been charged with luring, invitation to sexual touching, and making sexually explicit material available to a child.

Capitelli allegedly used multiple online identities, including the names:

  • Youngr
  • jaybird140
  • J
  • RJ

The investigation also revealed that the accused has previously identified himself using a different surname (Ralph Capitello).

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Investigators said Capitelli was held pending a bail hearing.

Anyone who may have any additional information pertaining to this investigation is asked to contact Detective/Sergent Chris Newcombe at 905-465-8965 or Detective Todd Martin at 905-465-8983 of the Halton Regional Police ICE Unit.

Authorities are now reminding parents of the importance of monitoring their child’s online social media presence and having a conversation with them about internet safety and the disclosure of personal information.