Port Elgin's Pumpkinfest has removed its president from its board of directors.
A media release from Pumpkinfest says the move is in response to charges laid against Brad Scott.
Scott has been charged with online child luring after an investigation by Peel Regional Police and Waterloo Regional Police.
A media release from police in Peel Region says the Internet Child Exploitation Unit with assistance from the Waterloo Regional Police investigated Scott communicating online between June 17, 2019 and June 11, 2020 with someone he believed to be less than 16 years of age, for a sexual purpose.
Peel Police allege he used the following display and usernames on various popular messaging and social media platforms:
John (with smiley face emoji beside the name)
On Thursday June 11, 40 year old Bradley Brian Scott of Waterloo was arrested and charged with: Luring a Child to Commit Invitation to Sexual Touching, Luring a Child to Distribute Sexually Explicit Material, and Luring a Child to Attempt to make Child Pornography.
The allegations against Scott have not been proven in court.
Peel Police are asking anyone with information regarding Scott or any of his online personas having online sexual interaction with anyone under the age of 18 is asked to contact investigators with the the Internet Child Exploitation Unit at 905-453-2121 ext. 3490. Information may also be left anonymously by calling Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or by visiting peelcrimestoppers.ca.
Meanwhile, the Port Elgin Pumpkinfest Board says, "The actions Mr. Scott has been charged with are inexcusable and the Board of Directors strongly condemn child exploitation of any kind."
They say "Upon learning of these charges, our Board of Directors immediately removed Mr. Scott from his role."
Dave Mensher will now serve as President of Pumpkinfest.