TORONTO -- A 34-year-old man accused of pretending to be Justin Bieber to lure and exploit a young girl online may face new charges now that a second potential victim has surfaced.
Toronto police alerted the public last week of their child-luring investigation, which also involves U.S. law enforcement, and they urged anyone else who believes they were victimized to come forward.
“Since then one other parent has contacted us believing their child may have had contact with the accused over the Internet,” Const. Tony Vella said Tuesday.
He said detectives are still probing the new complaint and it’s too soon to release any further information.
Officials south of the border began probing the case after learning a 12-year-old girl had allegedly been extorted through Facebook by someone claiming to be the young pop star Justin Bieber.
The pre-teen girl was allegedly threatened into performing sexual acts in front of her web cam, police explained. And when she ceased communication, the victim was told her compromising videos would be posted on a pornographic web site.
Investigators contacted Toronto cops after identifying a suspect who resided here in the city.
With help from the OPP, Toronto police investigated the man further.
Lee Moir, of Toronto, was arrested April 4 when he allegedly tried to meet a 14-year-old girl who turned out to be an undercover police officer.
He faces three counts of luring a child under 16, one count each of invitation to sexual touching, make child pornography, make available child pornography, possession of child pornography and extortion, as well as two counts of attempt exposure to person under 16.
Police allege the suspect set up fake Facebook profiles using the names Lee ONeel, Justy.beber1 and Yodayoda001.
Police believe Moir has had online contact with numerous children while posing as the Canadian pop icon.
“Parents need to make sure they know who their kids are communicating with online,” Vella advised.
If you believe you have been victimized by Moir, or if you are the parent who thinks your child had contact with the accused, or if you have any information regarding this investigation, police ask that you contact Det. Bill McGarry at 416-808-7707 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).