NEWS
11/22/2016 15:46 EST | Updated 11/23/2017 00:12 EST

U.S. man who met girl, 13, online turned away at border

A U.S. man who said he was moving to Canada to live with his online "girlfriend" — who turned out to be 13 — was turned away at a Saskatchewan border point last month.

In a monthly summary of cases, the Canada Border Services Agency said officers at the North Portal border crossing welcomed more than 23,000 travellers to Canada but also refused entry to 57 foreign nationals for various reasons — including the man, whose age wasn't available.

On Oct. 13, the man said he was entering to permanently live with his Canadian girlfriend whom he had met online. 

Officers questioned him further and found that the female he was talking about was a 13-year-old girl and that her parents were unaware of the nature of their relationship. 

The man was refused entry for lack of a visa, which he would need to move to Canada permanently.

The agency issued an exclusion order, banning him from returning to Canada for one year. 

The case information was also passed on to local authorities, Border Services said.

Among the other people who didn't get into Canada were:

  • A Minnesota man convicted of involuntary manslaughter.
  • A Texas man who was convicted of armed robbery and was still on probation.
  • A North Dakota man convicted of theft, domestic assault and various drug offences.