Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Moncton man accused of luring up to 2,000 boys online

A 24-year-old Moncton man has been charged with luring boys online and now the RCMP are trying to identify his alleged victims.

The RCMP allege the man, who cannot be identified because of a court-ordered publication ban, has been sexually exploiting boys online from at least January 2012 until the fall of 2014.

He is now facing several sex-related offences in connection with the investigation.

Police say they launched an investigation in the fall after receiving information uncovered by York Regional Police during an investigation entitled Project Hydra.

Investigators say the man pretended to be a teenaged girl and contacted the boys through live video chats on various social media sites. They say he used a video of a teenaged girl that appeared to be live and convinced the boys to undress and initiate sex acts, which he then taped and distributed online.

Police say he could have as many as 2,000 victims in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Russia and possibly elsewhere. Investigators believe the boys are between 10 and 16 years old and may not even be aware they have been victimized.  (more...)

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