Two Yukoners charged with Internet luring

A second Yukoner has been charged with luring a child over the Internet. Few details are being released in this latest case, but police are going public to encourage any other victims to come forward with information.

A second Yukoner has been charged with luring a child over the Internet.

Few details are being released in this latest case, but police are going public to encourage any other victims to come forward with information.

Officers with the Whitehorse RCMP detachment began their investigation on April 26, said Const. Dean Hoogland. They were alerted to a possible problem by a concerned parent.

Billy Callahan-Smith was arrested and charged with one count of luring a child.

Later in the investigation, allegations were made by a second victim, Hoogland said.

Callahan-Smith was charged with a second count of luring a child and one count of making sexually explicit material available to a child.

Both of the children in this case are around 11 or 12 years old, Hoogland said.

“This release is focused on any other people out there that may have had similar incidents dealing with the same person,” he said.

The charge alleges that someone used telecommunications to connect with a child for the purpose of committing another offence including things like child pornography.

Hoogland would not say what offence these latest charges of luring are connected to.

“At this time I can’t release that because that’s still part of the investigation. When more information comes to light hopefully we’ll have more information to pass on.”

He is encouraging the public to contact their local RCMP detachment with any information.

This is the second time in about two weeks that a Yukoner has been charged with luring a child over the Internet.

Last Friday police announced the arrest of 30-year-old Gary William Matheson. The Pelly Crossing man is facing one count of luring a child.

In that case police say a 13-year-old girl was approached on the Internet by a man who wanted her to produce “what would have been considered child pornography.”

No images were actually shared.

Hoogland said the two cases came about separately and are not linked in any way.

Chris Rider, the executive director of Bringing Youth Toward Equality, or BYTE, says families don’t need to be afraid of what’s online as long as they have open conversations with each other.

“It all comes down to the communications channels parents have with their children. The more open and honest a dialogue parents have with children the more that they can have the conversations that will help protect them,” he said. “From our experiences the more open parents are with their kids the more that the children are likely to come to them and discuss when they have a problem.

The urge to unplug the computer and try and keep children away from the Internet can be a strong one. But Rider said that’s not always a helpful strategy.

“Frequently young people will find a way of connecting to the Internet. Whether that’s through school, whether that’s through their friends devices, there are usually ways that a young person can connect to the Internet.” he said.

Sometimes parents are less comfortable with technology than their children or lack the understanding of everything that can be done online, Rider said.

“What they can do though is just to keep those conversations going. It is good to learn the technology, but the most important thing is just to talk with their kids. And be up front with them about the dangers that do exist.”

About eight months ago, BYTE developed a digital citizenship workshop.

The workshop deals with the issues of online bullying and other dangers on the Internet.

So far there have been five of these workshops held in both Whitehorse and the communities.

Contact Ashley Joannou at

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley gives a COVID-19 update during a press conference in Whitehorse on May 26. The Yukon government announced two new cases of COVID-19 in the territory with a press release on Oct. 19. (Alistair Maitland Photography)
Two new cases of COVID-19 announced in Yukon

Contact tracing is complete and YG says there is no increased risk to the public

Yukon Energy in Whitehorse on April 8. Yukon Energy faced a potential “critical” fuel shortage in January due to an avalanche blocking a shipping route from Skagway to the Yukon, according to an email obtained by the Yukon Party and questioned in the legislature on Oct. 14. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Yukon Energy faced ‘critical’ fuel shortage last January due to avalanche

An email obtained by the Yukon Party showed energy officials were concerned

Jeanie McLean (formerly Dendys), the minister responsible for the Women’s Directorate speaks during legislative assembly in Whitehorse on Nov. 27, 2017. “Our government is proud to be supporting Yukon’s grassroots organizations and First Nation governments in this critical work,” said McLean of the $175,000 from the Yukon government awarded to four community-based projects aimed at preventing violence against Indigenous women. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Yukon government gives $175k to projects aimed at preventing violence against Indigenous women

Four projects were supported via the Prevention of Violence against Aboriginal Women Fund

Yukonomist Keith Halliday
Yukonomist: You don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone

When I was a kid, CP Air had a monopoly on flights… Continue reading

EDITORIAL: Don’t let the City of Whitehorse distract you

A little over two weeks after Whitehorse city council voted to give… Continue reading

Whitehorse City Hall. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
City hall, briefly

A look at decisions made by Whitehorse city council this week

Northwestel has released the proposed prices for its unlimited plans. Unlimited internet in Whitehorse and Carcross could cost users between $160.95 and $249.95 per month depending on their choice of package. (Yukon News file)
Unlimited internet options outlined

Will require CRTC approval before Northwestel makes them available

Legislative assembly on the last day of the fall sitting in Whitehorse. Yukon’s territorial government will sit for 45 days this sitting instead of 30 days to make up for lost time caused by COVID-19 in the spring. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Legislative assembly sitting extended

Yukon’s territorial government will sit for 45 days this sitting. The extension… Continue reading

Today’s mailbox: Mad about MAD

Letters to the editor published Oct. 16, 2020

Alkan Air hangar in Whitehorse. Alkan Air has filed its response to a lawsuit over a 2019 plane crash that killed a Vancouver geologist on board, denying that there was any negligence on its part or the pilot’s. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Alkan Air responds to lawsuit over 2019 crash denying negligence, liability

Airline filed statement of defence Oct. 7 to lawsuit by spouse of geologist killed in crash

Whitehorse city council members voted Oct. 13 to decline an increase to their base salaries that was set to be made on Jan. 1. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Council declines increased wages for 2021

Members will not have wages adjusted for CPI

A vehicle is seen along Mount Sima Road in Whitehorse on May 12. At its Oct. 13 meeting, Whitehorse city council approved the third reading for two separate bylaws that will allow the land sale and transfer agreements of city-owned land — a 127-square-metre piece next to 75 Ortona Ave. and 1.02 hectares of property behind three lots on Mount Sima Road. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Whitehorse properties could soon expand

Land sale agreements approved by council

Most Read