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Alleged sex chat with teen puts B.C. man in court

By The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER - A man from B.C.'s Okanagan who allegedly tried to pick up a 13-year-old girl in an online chat forum has instead received a date in court.

Sgt. Mat Van Laer of the BC Integrated Child Exploitation unit says 29-year-old Tyler James Nowek made his first court appearance on Monday, charged with luring a child and making child pornography.

Van Laer says the police investigation began in March when an online chat between the accused and a member of the unit who was posing as a teen became sexually explicit.

He says the man allegedly admitted he shouldn't be chatting to who he thought was a teen but then suggested meeting her for a date.

Van Laer says Nowek was arrested by police at his West Kelowna place of business April 2.

He says police served a search warrant at the business, and Nowek was released on conditions governing his access to children and the Internet.

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