A crown prosecutor wants a Dorval cyber sex predator declared a dangerous or long term offender.
Daniel Lesiewicz pleaded guilty over six months ago to luring underaged girls and young women on the Internet, getting them to strip in front of Webcams and then blackmailing them if they refused or didn’t continue.
The crown wants him declared a dangerous offender or long term offender because of the nature of the crimes and the scope of the scam: almost 100 charges, 25 known victims aged 14-25, possibly as many as 75 other unidentified victims.
“The number of victims, the way the crimes were done,”crown prosecutor Cynthia Gyenizse explained to reporters.
“He was extorting them, asking them to do whatever he wanted them to do or else he would send the videos or whatever he had against them to friends and family and he was actually doing it anyway.”
The crimes happened between 2006 and 2008. Lesiewicz was 27 when he was arrested two years ago and has been behind bars ever since.
Lesiewicz sat in the prisoner’s dock, wearing a dark, pin-striped suit and pink shirt and tie, looking impassive during the brief court hearing.
Psychiatric assessment results are due at the end of next month: dangerous offender status would mean locking him up indefinitely; long term means monitoring him for a period of time after prison.