Saturday, January 29, 2005

Canadian Police: arrested Israeli is part of international network that transports boys for the purpose of having sex with men

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At 6:50 PM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

Again, why did the Israeli government protect Israeli pedophile Vitaly Levshin living in Toronto, Canada?

By not extraditing him and charging him with the numerous outstanding offenses against children in Israel, the Israeli government has allowed Vitaly Levshin to operate freely for the past 5 years preying on children. The Canadian police are openly critical of the Israeli authorities in their press release below.

There are serious allegations of sexually assaulting numerous children, creating and distributing child pornography worldwide and even that he was involved in an international network trafficking children for sexual purposes.

This is outrageous.

1) Toronto Police press release

Map of additional suspects and victims:
http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/newsreleases/displayfile.php?id=1956

http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/newsreleases/release.php?id=6936

News Releases
January 25, 2005 - 10:45 am

International Child Exploitation Investigation Results in Charges against Toronto Resident
(Man wanted in Israel)

Sex Crimes Unit
416-808-7474

In October of 2004, Interpol - Jerusalem notified the Toronto Police Service Fugitive Squad that they held a warrant for the arrest of a man now believed to be living in Toronto. The man, identified as Vitaly Levshin, a 46-year-old Israeli Citizen of Ukrainian descent, was wanted in Israel for numerous serious sexual assaults on children, as well as making and distributing child pornography on the Internet dating back to 2000.

It was determined that Levshin came to Canada in 2000 and had been granted Landed Immigrant status (in other words: permanent residency) in Canada. All of the officers’ efforts for extradition proceedings, to be initiated by the Israeli authorities, were rejected and denied.

Levshin was tracked down to a North Toronto address, and because of the potential danger to Toronto children, the Child Exploitation Section of the Sex Crimes Unit and 32 Division started a criminal investigation.

Since the authorities in Israel were reluctant to extradite Levshin, the matter was referred to an officer of the Canada Border Services Agency assigned to the TPS Fugitive Squad.

On Monday, November 29, 2004, the CBSA officer attached to the Fugitive team advised that he had obtained an Immigration arrest warrant for Levshin.

In the early morning hours of Tuesday, November 30, 2004, Levshin was arrested without incident and a Criminal Code search warrant was executed at his residence in the Bathurst Street and Steeles Avenue West area of Toronto. The accused had approximately 3,000 pictures in his possession. About 2,000 of these pictures appear to have been taken by the accused or associates of his from around the world. The pictures involve approximately 25 young boys either posing in various stages of undress, or involved in sex acts with other boys or men, thus constituting child pornography. Several of the victims are believed to be living in Canada, Israel, Ukraine and Russia, but remain unidentified.

Chat logs, emails and documents recovered from the accused’s computer reveal that he was exchanging child pornography with men all over the world. The accused and these men had discussions about having sex with children in Canada and elsewhere in the world, and discussed how to bring children into Canada from other parts of the world.

Child pornography pictures of one victim, known only as Pasha, show this child being sexually abused beginning at the age of about 7, and continuing until he was about 16. Some of these pictures were taken in Toronto by the accused when Pasha was in Toronto during the summer months of 2001 and 2002. Investigators also have pictures of other unknown boys, obviously taken in Toronto. (Local landmarks in backgrounds).

Criminal Code charges have now been laid against Levshin in relation to a 10-year-old Toronto victim he knew. Five different assaults took place in 2003 and 2004 in Toronto and Ukraine.

Vitaly Levshin, 46, years, of Toronto, has been charged with:

(1) Sexual Assault
(2) Sexual Interference
(3) Making Child Pornography
(4) Possession of Child Pornography.

Levshin has been living in the Toronto area since 2000.

He is originally from Ukraine and is believed to have also lived in or travelled to Russia, Moldova, Israel and the United States.

Levshin was active in the Russian and Ukrainian communities in Toronto. He was employed as a pianist and played various venues in the Toronto area. He placed advertisements in Russian-language newspapers seeking to employ young boys to assist with his piano performances.

He has been detained in custody and his next court appearance is a video remand on Thursday, January 27, 2005, 301 Court, North York.

This investigation was a culmination of good police work, excellent teamwork and communication between the TPS Fugitive Squad, the CBSA, the TPS Sex Crimes Unit, Child Exploitation Section and 32 Division YB.

There is no doubt that without this team effort, and the tenacious pursuit of this fugitive, Vitaly Levshin would have continued to perpetrate his horrific crimes on children, not only in Toronto, but around the world through the distribution of child pornography.

Anyone with information regarding Levshin and his activities is asked to contact Detective Constable John Menard of the Child Exploitation Section at 416-808-7985.

Constable Kristine Bacharach, Corporate Communications, for Detective Sergeant Paul Gillespie, Sex Crimes Unit

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http://www.insidetoronto.ca/to/northy/story/2513664p-2912246c.html

Police probe alleged child exploitation ring

ANDREW PALAMARCHUK
Jan. 26, 2005

A North York man faces charges and will make a court appearance tomorrow following an international child exploitation investigation, police announced yesterday.
"This is a very large investigation that has taken place around the world and it is absolutely ongoing," said Det. Sgt. Paul Gillespie of the sex crimes unit. "We would like to try to determine if in fact there are other victims."

According to police, Interpol notified the Toronto Police Service's fugitive squad in October that they had an arrest warrant for a man believed to be living in Toronto. The man, an Israeli citizen of Ukrainian descent, was wanted in Israel for numerous alleged sexual assaults on children as well as for allegedly making and distributing child pornography.

Police determined the man came to Canada in 2000 and had been granted landed immigrant status.

Det. Jim Muscat said every effort was made "to encourage the authorities to commence extradition proceedings," but it did not happen.

The child exploitation section of the sex crimes unit and North York's 32 Division conducted a criminal investigation.

On Nov. 30, a suspect was arrested without incident and a search warrant was executed at a home in the Bathurst Street and Steeles Avenue area.

Police alleged the suspect had about 3,000 pictures in his possession, including about 2,000 that appear to have been taken by him or his associates. Some pictures allegedly involve about 25 boys either posing in various stages of undress or involved in sex acts with other boys or men.

Several victims have not been identified, but are believed to be living in Canada, Israel, Ukraine and Russia.

Police alleged chat logs, e-mails and documents recovered from a suspect's computer reveal he was exchanging child pornography with men around the world.

A suspect and men allegedly had discussions about having sex with children and discussed how to bring children into Canada.

Gillespie said a thorough examination was done of a computer, but there are still several password-protected files that have not been cracked.

"We're still working on it."

Police said pictures of one victim, known only as Pasha, allegedly show him being sexually abused from age seven to 16.

"Some of these pictures were in fact taken in Toronto as we can tell by standard Toronto landmarks in the background such as the CN Tower," Gillespie told reporters during a news conference at police headquarters yesterday. "It appears to us that this boy was in Toronto as late as 2002. We don't know who he is and we now believe he is living in Russia."

Gillespie said there appears to be a "network" that does not have much difficulty in getting children into Canada. "Our belief is that boys are brought to Canada for the purpose of having sex with men," he said. "This network is managing to facilitate that transportation, get them the appropriate paperwork and get them into Canada."

Police said charges have been laid against a suspect in relation to a 10-year-old he knew.

Police said the accused was employed as a pianist and was active in Toronto's Russian and Ukrainian communities. He placed advertisements in Russian-language newspapers seeking to employ boys to assist with his piano performances.

Vitaly Levshin, 46, has been charged with sexual assault, sexual interference, making child pornography and possession of child pornography.

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http://www.pulse24.com/News/Top_Story/20050125-009/page.asp

Worldwide Woe

The story behind the alleged porn ring that stretches from Canada to Israel and from Russia to the Ukraine is a tangled web of computers, furtive discussions and bizarre bureaucratic mysteries.

Police both here and in other countries are still trying to sort it all out. But here’s what we know so far.

The case seems to have broken in Israel, with an arrest of a man named Shimon Bentov. He’s charged with similar offenses to the ones local cops have laid against Toronto newcomer Vitaly Levshin, who they say was an associate of their accused.

When authorities there discovered the extent of Bentov's alleged involvement in child porn, they tried to locate Levshin, only to find he’d already received his papers to stay in Canada.

As the long list of those involved unraveled, new names kept popping up, provided by the emails on the suspects’ computers.

Someone named “Anton” is thought to be living in Calgary and may have committed what cops call “a hand’s on” crime with the boys. But they have no idea if that’s his real name or who he is.

In Russia, three men known only as “Mobius”, “Igor” and “Sergei” are being sought. At least one of them runs a child porn site, but all are believed involved in the distribution of the pictures that appear on the site.

They’re all linked to at least 22 boys, only a few of who police have able to identify. One of them, Pascha, literally grew up in the lewd photos, and cops know he spent a few summers here, and allege he was abused by Levshin.

The others they’ve been able to I.D. are called “Pavel”, another alleged Toronto victim, and Sascha, said to be Pascha’s brother. All are believed to now be living in Moscow and Russian authorities are trying to identify them.

A fourth, "John Doe" is the 10-year-old Toronto boy that police have charged Levshin with abusing.

Police may not know who they all are, but think they’ve been transported all over the world, with one purpose.

“Our belief is that boys are bring bought to Canada for the purpose of having sex with men,” concludes Det. Sgt. Paul Gillespie.

But he's not sure exactly how they've been brought into each country - including this one - without anyone detecting what was going on. Gillespie claims the boys apparently reached their destinations with all the proper paperwork, a situation he calls "disturbing".

And he adds one more disgusting detail - boys in Russia are available for only $10, whereas procuring them in Canada costs a lot more.

The massive investigation into unveiling the identities of the victims and the alleged perpetrators continues across the planet.

January 25, 2005

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http://www.metronews.ca/news_detail.asp?id=5917
Published January 26, 2005

Man charged in child-porn probe
Police are seeking help in an international child-exploitation investigation that led to charges against an Israeli citizen alleged to have sexually assaulted a 10-year-old Toronto boy.

Investigators believe the man, who has lived in Toronto since 2000, made child pornography using at least two dozen boys.

"We are trying to determine if there are other victims. We believe there are," Det. Sgt. Paul Gillespie of the sex crimes unit told a news conference at police headquarters yesterday.

So far the charges against the man relate to one alleged victim.

Following the man’s arrest on Nov. 30, police seized a computer and other paraphernalia from his home, Gillespie said.

"Three-thousand pictures were recovered ... many involving young boys in various sex acts," he said.

The material includes graphic sexual photographs of children between the ages of seven and 15, he said.

"We believe some live in Canada," Gillespie said, adding the man has been active in the Russian and Ukrainian communities in Toronto.

Police allege the man was exchanging child pornography worldwide. Gillespie said he believes some victims are from Russia and at least one has visited Toronto.

"Chat logs, e-mails and documents recovered from the accused’s computer reveal that he was exchanging child pornography with men all over the world," said Det. Jim Muscat. "The accused and these men had discussions about having sex with children in Canada and elsewhere in the world and discussed how to bring children to Canada from other parts of the world."

Toronto police became involved in the investigation after Israeli authorities charged Shimon Bentov in Israel late last year, alleging he committed sexual assaults on children and child-pornography offences. Authorities in Israel were also seeking the man arrested in Toronto in relation to the same charges.

Toronto police acted on the information immediately, and the man was arrested at his home near Bathurst Street and Steeles Avenue West on an immigration warrant.

He is now charged with sexual assault, sexual interference, making child pornography and possession of child pornography in relation to the 10-year-old boy.

Police allege the man was also involved in assaults on two boys, possibly brothers, who may live in Moscow.

"Child pornography pictures of one victim, known only as Pasha, show this child being sexually abused beginning at the age of about 7 and continuing until he was about 16," Muscat said.

"Some of these pictures were taken in Toronto ... during the summer months of 2001 and 2002. Investigators also have pictures of other unknown boys obviously taken in Toronto."

During his time in Toronto, the man has worked as a pianist and played several venues.

"He placed advertisements in Russian-language newspapers seeking to employ young boys to assist with his piano performances," Muscat said.

He has also been employed at Aelita Musical Enterprises and the Martha Hicks School of Ballet, both in Toronto, and Pizzazz ’n Jazz VP Dance Studio in Bolton.

Charged is Vitaly Levshin, 46. He will appear in court again tomorrow via a video hookup.

 

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