Montreal online sexual predator sees statutory release from prison suspended

A Montreal man who was released from prison after serving time for the online luring and blackmailing of 25 girls and women is not so free anymore.

Daniel Lesiewicz is now back in a halfway house and had other release conditions tightened.

Lesiewicz was given a 12 year sentence in March 2011 after pleading guilty to extortion, luring and the production and distribution of child porn. 

Lesiewicz admitted to preying on girls in chat rooms and posing as a teenager to convince them to strip and perform sexual acts in front of their webcams.

Lesiewicz made recordings of the video, hacked into his victims' accounts and threatened to post the video unless they continued to disrobe for him.

The charges involved 25 victims but authorities said at the time that Lesiewicz terrorized as many as 200 girls and women.

Lesiewicz was out on statutory release in March 2015 after serving two thirds of his sentence. He was sent to a halfway house but that condition was withdrawn in December 2015 for good behaviour.

That changed last month with the parole board sending him back to a halfway house for a year. Lesiewicz is suspected of fraud to the tune of $2000 against one of his ex-girlfriends and hacking into her computer.

The board said in a recent decision that it's concerned Lesiewicz may be returning to his old ways and had left his parole officers with doubts about the authenticity of his goodwill.

The board also cited psychological evaluations showing Lesiewicz's high risk of reoffending and that he is "egocentric and irresponsible." It also said Lesiewicz had been showing a certain disregard for his release conditions. The board concluded Lesiewicz's current release conditons are not enough for "the high level of risk he represents."

As part of the conditons of his dangerous offender status, Lesiewicz also has to hold down or look for a job and he can't access porn or a computer. He will be monitored for a period of ten years.