Child Luring Investigation,
Charged with more than 90 offences
Broadcast time: 11:00
Date: Friday, November 12, 2021
Unit: Sex Crimes
Case #: 2021-1502209
The Toronto Police Service Sex Crimes – Child Exploitation Section would like to make the public aware of an ongoing investigation into online child luring.
On Wednesday, March 10, 2021, members of the unit executed a search warrant in the Wynford Drive and Don Valley Parkway area.
At that time, Ramanan Pathmanathan, 36, of Toronto, was arrested and charged with 25 offences.
It is alleged that he used several online profiles to lure children into sending him sexually exploitative photos and videos.
The investigation continued and, on Tuesday, September 14, 2021, Ramanan Pathmanathan was arrested and charged with 68 additional charges.
He currently faces 93 charges:
1. Eighteen counts of Luring a Child
2. Nine counts of Invitation to Sexual Touching
3. Ten counts of Make Child Pornography
4. Eleven counts of Possess Child Pornography
5. Eleven counts of Access Child Pornography
6. Two counts of Distribute Child Pornography
7. Nine counts of Transmit Child Pornography
8. Six counts of Extortion
9. Ten counts of Criminal Harassment
10. Four counts of Make Sexually Explicit Material Available to a Child
11. Three counts of Voyeurism
He appeared in court, at 1000 Finch Avenue West, on Tuesday, September 14, 2021.
Ramanan Pathmanathan may not have used his real photo when communicating online. It is alleged that he used the following online identities:
The online sexual exploitation of children is a global issue that impacts families every single day. The internet has allowed offenders to exploit and abuse children in their own homes, at any time, anywhere in the world. There are resources available for children, parents, caregivers and educators through the Canadian Centre for Child Protection to learn about online exploitation.
There are also resources available through the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health for those who have a sexual interest in children. The new Talking for Change program is the first of its kind in Canada and provides national and all-ages help for those concerned about their risk to use child sexual exploitation material or offend sexually against a child.
This investigation is ongoing and police are concerned there may be more victims.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-8500, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, online on our Facebook Leave a Tip page, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes or Google Play.
Reporting can also be made at Canada’s National Tipline for Reporting the Online Sexual Exploitation of Children.
This project has been made possible by a grant from the Ministry of the Solicitor General.
For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.
Meaghan Gray, Corporate Communications, for Detective Sergeant Barbara Adam, Sex Crimes - Child Exploitation Unit