A Whitby resident is facing more charges following a child pornography investigation that started more than a year ago.
According to the DRPS, investigators were alerted to the upload of illegal images on the Snapchat application by the National Child Exploitation Crime Centre (NCECC) in December of 2020.
“The suspect was active throughout 2020 over multiple online applications including Snapchat, TikTok, Omegle, Likee and KIK Messenger. Screen names used include: dirtyboy, dirtyboui, Daddy Dirty, Virus Redbeast and Rock Shan Rock (and variations of these screen names),” reads the initial media release from police.
Karthik Manimaran, 33, was initially charged with possession of child pornography, accessing child pornography and distribution of child pornography (see link below).
Devices seized from the home were analyzed and they contained over one million media files.
With assistance from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, investigators identified 12 child victims, all of whom have been safeguarded, police noted.
Manimaran has been further charged with luring, making child pornography, making sexually explicit material available to a child, extortion, uttering threats, criminal harassment and voyeurism.