The Toronto Sun
Saturday, January 23, 1999

Woman arrested in 'Net rape

Cops: Girl, 12, attacked by phony 'boy'

by Ian Robertson

A 12-year-old Ajax girl was allegedly raped with a fake penis by a woman who used the name "Smurf" to meet young girls over the Internet, a police source said.

Durham Regional Police detectives thought they were going to arrest a man when they went to an Etobicoke address Thursday, Sgt. Jim Grimley said yesterday.

He said police want to hear from people who "fear" they may have been targeted by a woman. She's described as white, 5-foot-6, 131 pounds, with short blonde hair, green eyes, several scars on her arms and is known to wear a stud on her bottom lip.

'Teenage Boy'

Police photo of Kelly Ann Laird, 21, who was arrested for sex assault.
Grimley also urged parents to learn how to use computer tracing systems to check who their children are communicating with via e-mail and web sites.

The woman "passed herself off on the Internet as a teenage boy" seeking contact with girls, Grimley alleged.

Several girls who communicated with someone they thought was a boy named Kelly Andrew Slator gave out the young Ajax girl's telephone number, Grimley said.

The girl and a woman spoke by phone last month and "apparently met more than once" in Ajax, police said.

The 12-year-old told her parents she was assaulted at home Jan. 8 by a new "boyfriend", Grimley said.

He wouldn't disclose the degree of the alleged assault, but a police source claimed the girl was assaulted with a sexual aid.

Detectives Jim Douglass and James Haass seized several "sexual aids", videotapes and a lap-top computer in a woman's apartment.

Grimley said police have seen an alarming increase in the number of kids who are falling prey to people contacting them on the Internet.

Instead of regarding computer monitoring as an invasion of privacy, parents should keep the computer in an open area instead of kids' bedrooms, he said, and children should be warned of potential dangers as a form of street-proofing.

Durham's sex assault squad is at 1-888-579-1520, Ext. 5371.

Kelly Ann Laird, 21, of Warrender Ave., Etobicoke, is charged with sex assault and two counts of sexual interference. She was denied bail and remanded in custody yesterday for a 30-day psychiatric assessment. She returns to court Feb. 19.

There is a publication ban on court proceedings.

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