SELECTED CASE LAW
In 2015 NSPC 14, Mr. Y was found guilty of extortion, possession of child pornography and possession of child pornography for distribution after inducing a teenage girl, “A”, to send him nude photographs online. The case is unique because it involved an unknown accomplice, “Z”, who remotely logged into Y’s computer. Y befriended Z while playing Habbo, an online game, when he was 11 or 12 years old. Both young men were equally involved in sending deceptive messages to A from a fake Facebook account.
Y and Z’s online scam had serious real-world consequences. When the young men decided to “kill off” one of their shared online personas, both A and her friend B were so distraught that they tried to kill themselves. Both girls were hospitalized. When A figured out that she had been catfished, she asked to know who her online friend really was. Y said he would tell her only if she sent over a picture of her breasts, which she later did.
The Court describes Y’s offences as ones that “exploited the murky opportunities afforded by internet anonymity.”The crimes were considered “violent offences” for sentencing purposes, and the Court recognized that “‘Y’ endangered the life or safety of ‘A’ by creating a substantial likelihood of causing psychological harm.” However, noting that Y’s “precarious mental health, social dysfunction and isolation” contributed to his actions, the Court ultimately sentenced him to a two-year conditional discharge with strict internet restrictions. 
 2015 NSPC 14 at 2
 2015 NSPC 14 at 53.
 2015 NSPC 14 at 55.