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Canadian navy sailor found guilty of child luring while deployed in Australia

Sailor guilty of sex crimes

A sailor has been found guilty of all three charges against him — luring a child, invitation to sexual touching and disgraceful conduct — at a court martial held in the Bay Street Armoury in Victoria.

The verdict against Master Sailor Randolph Machtmes was handed down Thursday after almost two weeks of proceedings. A five-person panel deliberated for about a day.

The charges against Machtmes stemmed from online communications the sailor initiated between September and November 2018 with someone younger than 16. At the time, his ship, HMCS Calgary, was in Darwin, Australia, as part of Operation Projection.

A sentencing hearing will be held via teleconference April 22.



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