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Sentencing starts for Canadian sex hacker

MONTREAL, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Sentencing procedures are under way for a Canadian computer hacker who pleaded guilty to convincing girls to pose nude online and carrying out exposure threats.

Daniel Lesiewicz, 30, of Dorval, appeared in court Wednesday and the sentencing process, in which prosecutors are requesting Lesiewicz be deemed a dangerous offender with an indefinite prison sentence, will continue Nov. 23, the Montreal Gazette reported.

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Lesiewicz hacked into the computers of girls ranging in age from 13 to 18, posed as someone they knew and convinced them to undress before their Web cams, the Montreal Gazette reported.

If a victim refused to continue his game, Lesiewicz carried out threats to disseminate their images far and wide, the Gazette reported.

The defendant victimized hundreds of girls, but police said they could only identify and track down 25.

Lesiewicz pleaded guilty earlier this year to 89 charges, including luring a child, impersonation and extortion, and distributing child pornography.

One of his victims tried to commit suicide, the Gazette reported.

Another girl, 17, testified that after she refused to continue Lesiewicz's game, he sent her the Internet link of her video to her -- as well as to all her friends and her brother's friends.

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"The threats went on for three weeks to a month. It's impossible to describe the fear," she said.

"It's his first offense, his first incarceration and he pleaded guilty so it's premature," said Luc Vaillancourt, Lesiewicz's lawyer, objecting to the dangerous offender appellation.

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