The Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) has arrested a 56-year-old man in connection with child luring offences.
Police say John Douglas Hashimoto, of Hamilton, was arrested on March 31, 2021, and has been charged with luring a child under 16 years and invitation to sexual touching.
According to police, Hashimoto was communicating online using the name “David” or “David 46.”
Police say Hashimoto is a retired teacher with the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board and is actively involved in youth baseball in the City of Hamilton.
In the past, he was also a Lead Baseball Instructor for the Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Academy and a Master Coach Developer and Evaluator for Baseball Canada.
Investigators believe there may be additional victims.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Detective Todd Martin at 905-825-4747 Ext. 8983 or D/Cst. Andrew Hulbert at 905-825-4747 Ext. 8974 of the Halton Regional Police Service Internet Child Exploitation Unit (ICE).
These investigations have been funded and made possible through a grant from the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.
Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.
Please be reminded that all persons charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.