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Last Updated: Wednesday, 2 August 2006, 17:14 GMT 18:14 UK
Man made webcam demands of girl
Mark Gary Bedford (AP Photo/CP, Kingston Whig Standard)
This photo of Mark Bedford is from a 2002-03 yearbook
A young British girl has explained how she was allegedly contacted over the internet by a man who is accused of child pornography offences in Canada.

Speaking at a police press conference under the false name of Dee, the 14-year-old said she had been asked to "flash my bra" in front of a webcam.

Mark Gary Bedford, 21, of Kingston in Ontario, faces 12 charges in Canada.

Kent Police expect charges relating to up to 42 young girls from west Kent to be brought against him.

He has already been charged with two counts of luring a child using a computer, seven counts of either possessing, making or distributing child porn, and three counts of extortion.

Mr Bedford's case was adjourned by a court in Ontario on Monday and is next due to be heard on Thursday.

I soon realised it wasn't who I thought it was
Dee, 14

Dee, from the Tonbridge area of Kent, said on Wednesday that she believed she was talking to a friend in an internet chatroom.

She said the person she was chatting to "started saying to do things, and at first I thought she was just mucking around but she was saying it over and over again".

"I didn't do anything because I'm not stupid, but I soon realised it wasn't who I thought it was."

She alerted her mother who was among the parents of 42 alleged British victims to contact police about similar incidents.

No extradition

Mr Bedford was arrested last week when British officers and local police in Kingston searched his home.

Police in Canada said he used his computer to hack into the e-mail accounts of young girls.

His alleged British victims were aged between nine and 15.

Det Insp Steve Evans said there were no plans to seek Mr Bedford's extradition as the Canadian authorities would deal with the offences said to have been committed with girls in Kent.


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