A 20-year-old man is facing child luring charges in St. Catharines.
The investigation began last month when a 12-year-old girl began receiving unwanted messages from a man she did not know.
Investigators say the messages became more explicit and the man made arrangements to meet the girl on a recreational trail in St. Catharines Tuesday.
But when he arrived, police officers were there to arrest him.
Wayne Wright of St. Catharines is charged with child luring as well as possession of a prohibited weapon.
He has a bail hearing scheduled for today.