Child porn charges for Toronto prof, ex-adviser to Ont. premier

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A University of Toronto professor who advised Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne’s transition team is facing five child porn-related charges, including making and distributing child pornography, after an investigation involving New Zealand police.

Investigators with the Toronto Police Service’s sex crimes unit arrested Benjamin Levin, 61, at his home near Lawrence Avenue West and Avenue Road on Monday morning.

The lead detective on the case, Det.-Const. Janelle Blackadar, told CBC’s Steven D’Souza that investigators had been trailing Levin’s actions for about a year, and were contacted during that time by New Zealand authorities.

Levin was alleged to have frequented online forums where people discussed child exploitation.

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Anonymous outs Edmonton men allegedly luring girls

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EDMONTON — Cops are cautioning the public against any kind of vigilante action against a pair of Edmonton men who were outed by an Internet video for allegedly trying to lure 14-year-old girls for sex.

Bob Andrews, the head of ALERT’s Integrated Child Exploitation Unit, said investigators were first contacted by the group Anonymous last month.

A video appeared Saturday by a group claiming to be Anonymous, who said they’ve encountered numerous Edmontonians who have tried to make plans for sex with underage boys and girls via various social networking websites.

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