Canadian military man rode from Canada to sleep with 17-year-old girl, police say

Michael DeBruyn, 24, of Wallaceburg, Ontario

Police arrested a 24-year-old member of the Canadian Armed
Forces after he drove his motorcycle nearly 2,000 miles from
Saskatchewan to Gilroy in hopes of having sex with a 17-year-old
girl, police said. The man first made contact with the girl when
she was 13 years old, police said.
Police arrested a 24-year-old member of the Canadian Armed Forces after he drove his motorcycle nearly 2,000 miles from Saskatchewan to Gilroy in hopes of having sex with a 17-year-old girl, police said. The man first made contact with the girl when she was 13 years old, police said.

About 7:15 a.m. Sunday, the parents of the girl called police when Michael DeBruyn arrived at their house.

“The parents basically told him to leave,” said Sgt. Wes Stanford. “When he didn’t leave, they called us.”

On leave from military duty, DeBruyn showed up the day before at an event at Gilroy High School and tried to contact the girl. No one was ever in any danger, however, Principal Marco Sanchez said. DeBruyn then arrived at the girl’s house Sunday morning, but she was not home, Stanford said.

The two met when the girl was 13 on a social networking Web site but their contact wasn’t continuous, Stanford said. The initial contact wasn’t sexual in nature, he said. Only in the last few months did two begin exchanging sexually graphic text messages, police said. DeBruyn also started talking about coming to visit, Stanford said.

“She really didn’t believe him,” Stanford said. “Then he showed up and that changed everything. It was more than she had bargained for.”

Police concluded through unspecified evidence that DeBruyn had come to Gilroy to have sex with the girl, and arrested him for contacting a minor with intent to commit a sexual offense, annoying or molesting a child younger than 18 years old, and sending or possessing obscene matter depicting minors, police said. DeBruyn was in possession of child pornography, police said.

DeBruyn was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail and is being held on $45,000 bail.

When Stanford was a sex-crimes detective about six years ago, cases like these were “pretty rare,” he said. Although he did not immediately have statistics, he said Gilroy’s detectives are working similar cases “much more frequently” these days.

“In the law enforcement community, we’re seeing this more and more,” Stanford said.

Anyone with information about this crime can call police at (408) 846-0350.

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