French child-lurer had 77 Que­bec vic­tims

Sherbrooke Record - - EDITORIAL - Record Staff

The Sûreté du Québec, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with French po­lice au­thor­i­ties, has solved an im­por­tant case of com­puter lur­ing and ex­tor­tion that tar­geted 77 young vic­tims in Que­bec. Since April 2017, a 27-year-old man from the Paris re­gion was ram­pant on so­cial net­works. He al­ways used the same ploy: he cre­ated a fake teenager ac­count by us­ing the pho­tos of other girls. While pre­tend­ing to be a young woman, he be­gan dis­cus­sions with teenage vic­tims and men­tioned be­ing part of a fash­ion or mod­el­ing school. He de­ceived his vic­tims to ob­tain in­ap­pro­pri­ate pic­tures of them. He then used var­i­ous threats of publishing the pic­tures or ru­in­ing the girls’ rep­u­ta­tions to ob­tain even more com­pro­mis­ing images.

With the help of the French po­lice, the man was lo­cated in the Paris area and ar­rested on Sept. 27. He could face charges of com­puter lur­ing, ex­tor­tion, and pos­ses­sion, pro­duc­tion and dis­tri­bu­tion of child pornog­ra­phy.

Seventy-seven vic­tims were iden­ti­fied in Que­bec, in­clud­ing 32 in Cen­ter-duquébec and six in Es­trie.

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