The New Brunswick RCMP’s Internet Child Exploitation Unit is seeking the public’s help to identify victims of a man who had been sexually exploiting boys online from at least January 2012 until the fall of 2014.
Investigators have determined that this man was luring boys online by pretending to be a teenaged girl. The investigation indicates the possible victims are as young as 10 and up to 16 years old and may not even be aware they have been victimized. Police have charged a 24-year-old Moncton man, who cannot be named because of a court ordered publication ban, with several sex offences.
In addition to those offences, the investigation has shown the man contacted boys through live video chats on various social media sites. 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 via the Internet. One chat website he used frequently was Omegle.com, a site that requires no username where people can chat with strangers from all over the world.
Investigators have determined that there could be as many as 2000 victims living in Canada, the United States, United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Australia and Russia and possibly elsewhere. Police are asking anyone who may have been in contact with this man via video chat or email to contact their local police or call the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in New Brunswick at 1-506-452-3405 or by email at email@example.com
This man’s known online user names and email addresses are listed below.
Video Chat Names
- Skype: Veronika.Maylae
- Vichatter: Veronika69
- Vero May (www.facebook.com/vero.may.3950)
“We know it may be difficult for victims and/or their families to come forward but their information is very important to the investigation and could help prevent similar crimes by online predators,” says Sgt. Jean Marc Paré of the New Brunswick RCMP. “Police want to be able to speak to as many victims as possible to assist with the investigation.”
The RCMP investigation into this case in New Brunswick started in the fall of 2014 as the result of information uncovered by York Regional Police during an investigation entitled Project Hydra.
The RCMP in New Brunswick has released a video about this investigation on social media and is asking the public to view it and then share it via their social media channels in order to reach as many potential victims as possible.
Anyone with information on these crimes can report their information anonymously through Crime Stoppers at www.crimenb.ca or by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).