The prevalence of computers throughout the Toronto area has created crimes that at one time did not exist. While there are multiple crimes that could involve the use of a computer, one realm in which they have had a big impact is sex crimes. A 24-year-old man was recently arrested and charged with several sex crimes in conjunction with receiving photos and videos of teen girls via the computer.
Specifically, the man is charged with:
- Two counts of luring a child under 16
- Three counts of counselling to commit the offence of making child pornography
- Two counts of making child pornography
- Two counts of possession child pornography
- Two counts of extortion.
Police claim the man used Facebook to lure 13 and 14-year-old girls to send photos of an explicit nature. He allegedly used a similar plan with each girl. First, after starting an online relationship with them he offered the young teens money in exchange for explicit photos. After receiving the photos he demanded a variety of things including videos and more photos. Those who did not comply, he threatened to expose online.
Law enforcement opened an investigation into the matter when one of the girls went to the police and the man was charged after he turned himself in.
The man turning himself in is not the same as admitting to the charges. As is the case with all criminal accusations, the man will have a chance to prove his innocence at a trial. In the alternative he may agree to a deal with the Crown. In either situation the counsel of a criminal defence lawyer is a good idea.