Parole board recommends charges against Montreal online sexual predator

A Montreal man who was released from prison after serving time for the online luring and blackmailing of 25 girls and women may be in trouble with the law again.

Daniel Lesiewicz, now 37, 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 He was sent to a halfway house but that condition was withdrawn in December 2015 for good behaviour.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 in March 2017 with the parole board sending him back to a halfway house for a year. Lesiewicz was suspected of fraud to the tune of $2000 against one of his ex-girlfriends and hacking into her computer.

Lesiewicz was charged with fraud, convicted and sentenced  to two years probation.

Now the parole board is recommending he be charged with breaching conditions since he was being monitored for a period of ten years following his sentence as part of the conditions of his dangerous offender status. The board said Montreal police are currently investigating.

The charge is in connection with failing to disclose financial information. 

The parole board said in a recent decision that Lesiewicz didn't provide the necessary documents linked to the $18,000 sale of his car.

The board said his case management team often brought up his irresponsible behaviour when it came to finances and work, citing "nebulous" explanations and lack of important documentation.

The board said Lesiewicz lacked transparence and even lied about the money he received for his car, with some information being "imprecise" and even "dubious." 

The board also said Lesiewicz's risk of repeating similar offences is high. It also said the team noted that Lesiewicz still requires a high level of surveillance.

But the board concluded that there is "no monitoring program  that could adequately protect society against the risk of recidivism" that Lesiewicz represents.

The board said his "lack of collaboration and honesty means that the risk is increased and non-manageable even in a halfway house."

The board said though it's related to the hunt for fast and easy money, Lesiewicz embarks on measures of "a fraudulent nature without taking into consideration the respect and integrity" of people. It said Lesiewicz shows a "disregard and indifference for respecting special conditions imposed on him."