Police are arresting a 17-year-old boy in a child pornography and luring investigation.
According to officers, the boy posed as a 15-year-old girl online bewteen September 2014 and April 2015 in an attempt to lure a child. He then diestributed the childs images.
The suspect communicated with the child through various social media applications, including Kik, Snapchat, Facebook, and Instagram. He used the usernames of Amanda, and PencilCrayons, among others.
He also used an unsuspecting victim’s image as his avatar. The above picture of a 15-year-old girl is being distributed to help identify other victims.
On Monday, the boy, who cannot be named under the provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act, was arrested and charged with the following:
1) Luring a Child (under 18)
3) two counts of Distribute Child Pornography
4) Possession Child Pornography
5) Accessing Child Pornography
Authorities believe there may be other victims. Anyone who has communicated with the boy, or has any information, are being asked to contact officials at 416-808-8500, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).
NOTE: The above image distributed by police is NOT a true representation of the youth before the courts. This is the image used by the youth for his online profile. It is believed this image is of a known actress who is not involved in this investigation in any way.