Accused Toronto child-lurer hit with more charges for total of 93

Ramanan Pathmanathan, 36, is accused of extorting children into sending him sexually explicit photos and video

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Toronto Police have laid a total of 93 charges against a man as part of an ongoing child sexploitation investigation.

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In March, investigators from the child exploitation section of the TPS sex crimes unit executed a search warrant near Wynford Dr. and the Don Valley Parkway.

Ramanan Pathmanathan, 36, of Toronto, was charged with 25 offences in connection with accusations that he used a number of online profiles to lure and extort children into sending him sexually explicit photos and video.

On Sept. 14, Pathmanathan was arrested again as part of the same investigation, police say, and had another 68 charges laid against him.

Among his charges are 18 counts of child luring, nine counts of invitation to sexual touching, 10 counts each of making child pornography and criminal harassment, and six counts of extortion.

Police allege he used upwards of 10 different social media accounts, including variations of Brett Barr, brett_gamer and brettjosh_0987.

Investigators believe there may be more alleged victims.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 461-808-8500 or leave an anonymous tip via Crime Stoppers.

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