Sex Crimes investigators there may be more victims after a man wanted on child exploitation turned himself in to police.
It’s alleged that Brandon Walker, 24, of Richmond Hill, has been luring young females through social media to attain explicit photos of these victims.
Allegations are that two victims – whose ages are 13 and 14 – were threatened with being exposed on social media if they didn’t send naked photos of themselves or comply with his sexual demands.
“In this particular case, he started a relationship with these girls and was also offering money for explicit photos,” said Detective Constable Michele Bond, at a news conference at police headquarters. “He used the online name, Brandon G. Davidson, while on Facebook when he communicated with these victims.”
Bond showed the Facebook profile picture associated to the posts.
“This is what we are asking people to have a look at because this is how people probably would recognize him,” she said. “We believe there are other victims out there and I am urging them to contact police.”
Walker has been charged with two counts of luring a child under the age of 16, making child pornography, possession of child pornography and extortion and three counts of counsel to commit the offence of making child pornography.
At the news conference, Detective Constable Amy Davey reminded parents that predators are lurking online to exploit their children.
“Often, kids online are asked to show naked pictures of themselves that are circulated on various social media outlets and in some cases sent to the child’s family and friends,” she said.
Davey offered some useful online safety tips.
“Parents should take a proactive role in monitoring their child’s activities, they should restrict internet use to common family areas, keep track of their child’s social media accounts, know the passwords to these accounts and conduct random inspections of phones, computers and other devices,” she added.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-8500, leave a tip on Facebook, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.
Online resources recommended by police:
KidsHelpPhone.ca (Online or Phone Counselling)
Canadian Centre For Child Protection (Information On Keeping Kids Safe Online)
Cybertip.ca (Reporting Online Sexual Exploitation)
NeedHelpNow.ca (Removing Exploitative Photos/Posts From Internet)