|Lee Moir, 34, of Toronto. (Toronto Police Handout)
TORONTO – A Toronto man has been charged with numerous sex and extortion offences after allegedly exploiting a 12-year-old girl over the Internet by pretending to be pop superstar Justin Bieber.
While U.S. law enforcement officials began the initial investigation, Toronto police were notified that the suspect was allegedly living in Toronto and began their own investigation along with provincial police.
Lee Moir, 34, was arrested on Wednesday in Toronto after an officer — posing as a 14-year-old girl — connected with Moir online. Police moved in when the two arranged to meet.
It is alleged that sometime before his arrest, Moir connected with the 12-year-old via Facebook, pretended to be the immensely popular boy-star Bieber, and threatened the young woman into performing sexual acts while in front of her webcam.
After the victim broke off communication, Moir allegedly told her he would be posting what she had done to a porn site.
Toronto police spokesman Tony Vella could not confirm on Thursday what the threats Moir allegedly made were, but did say police do not believe compromising images of the girl had been posted to a porn site.
Police are saying Moir also went under the Facebook names of Lee Oneel, Justy.Beber1 and Yodayoda001, and is believed to have had contact with numerous children online.
On the Lee Oneel Facebook page, a profile photo is featured of a man wearing a black racing helmet covering his mouth and the top of his head.
Moir, green-eyed with a shaved head and goatee, has a profile page on the online dating site, Plenty of Fish. There, he writes that he has "recently" returned to Toronto after spending 12 years in New Brunswick. He smokes often, drinks socially and describes his profession as iron worker. He lists his education as "high school" and claims to have children but is undecided if he wants any more.
Vella could not immediately confirm if Moir has children, where he was arrested in Toronto, or the location of his victim.
Later, Moir describes himself as "very kind ... with a great sense of humour," and "looking for some light dating that could progress into a relationship later on."
On his Facebook page, Moir has 130 friends, continues to list his location as New Brunswick, his employer as Sobey's grocery, and his high school as Toronto's R.H. King Academy.
Moir is charged with three counts of luring a child under 16, invitation to sexual touching, the making of child pornography, making available child porn, the possession of child porn, extortion and two counts of attempting to expose himself to a minor.