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Crown wants seven years in prison for B.C. man who lured girls online

11/04/2014 07:22 EST | Updated 01/04/2015 05:59 EST
VERNON, B.C. - The Crown is calling for a seven-year prison sentence for a man who admitted to luring young girls online.

David Willerth pleaded guilty to 18 charges, 16 of them for communicating via the Internet to lure a child under 16, one for possession of child pornography and another for arranging a sexual offence against a child.

The Crown called Willerth's actions planned and deliberate, saying he set up a Facebook account under a false name and posed as a modelling agent to get girls between 12 and 16 to send him nude photographs.

Forty-year-old Willerth was arrested in July 2013 after police seized computers from a home in Vernon.

On Tuesday, Willerth told a sentencing hearing that he is sorry for his actions, adding he wants to get help so he doesn't reoffend.

A B.C. Supreme Court judge is expected to sentence him on Friday.