A man is facing 138 charges in connection with an online child luring investigation conducted by the Toronto Police Service Sex Crimes – Child Exploitation Section.
On Wednesday, October 27, officers of the unit executed a search warrant in the Lawrence Avenue East and Midland Avenue area. Jose Paolo Caoitan, 35, of Toronto, was arrested about a month later on November 25. He is charged with a total of 138 offences including 43 counts of ‘child luring’, 18 counts of ‘invitation to sexual touching’ and 25 counts of ‘making child pornography’.
Police allege that Caoitan used multiple online profiles with usernames similar to those of popular child social media celebrities. The profiles were used to lure children into sending him sexually exploitative photos and videos.
This investigation is ongoing and police are concerned there may be other victims.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-8500, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477) or online at www.222tips.com.
Reporting can also be done at Canada’s National Tipline for Reporting the Online Sexual Exploitation of Children.