Hoyt man pleads guilty to child luring, sexual assault

A Fredericton-area man involved in an RCMP investigation into child luring and sexual assault against minors has pleaded guilty.

Daniel Leigh Hewitt, 35, of Hoyt, N.B., appeared on June 1 in Fredericton Provincial Court, where he pleaded guilty to two counts of child luring and sexual assault. The charges were laid against him in April 2021 after two incidents in the Oromocto area earlier that year.

The New Brunswick RCMP said they received reports of two incidents in January 2021 when two teenage girls were lured to meet a man they met on Snapchat.

Police say Hewitt used the display name “DL” and the username “Standy506” on the social media apps and believe he may have used other platforms as well.

“Anyone who may have interacted with Daniel Leigh Hewitt on Snapchat, or on other social media platforms, is asked to contact police,” said New Brunswick RCMP Cpl. Hans Ouellette in a statement.

“We need to know if there are other possible victims so we can ensure a thorough investigation is conducted.”

Mounties say Hewitt has been released from custody and is scheduled to return to court on Sept. 12.

Meanwhile, police ask anyone who interacted online with Hewitt, or who has other information, to contact the Oromocto RCMP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).