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It can be difficult to track down online trolls: lawyer

Police are investigating the claims, however, a lawyer tells 1310 NEWS it can be difficult to determine who is behind comments posted through fake accounts.
2018-06-12 MELINDA AND ERIK KARLSSON SK
A photo of Melinda and Erik Karlsson captioned: At least the most important person in the world to me never makes me feel like a runner up 😉. (erikkarlsson65/Instagram)

As investigators try to confirm who is behind cyberbullying and online harassment against the Karlsson family, we're learning it can be difficult to track down those responsible for comments made on fake social media accounts. 

The wife of Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson has filed an order of protection against the girlfriend of one of Karlsson's teammates, alleging harassment and cyberbullying.

In an application for a peace bond filed May 4, Melinda Karlsson alleges that Mike Hoffman's fiancée Monika Caryk posted hundreds of derogatory online messages aimed at her and her husband. 

The allegations brought forth by Melinda claim that Caryk used several fake social media accounts to troll the Karlssons, including a nasty comment made on the Instagram post which followed the death of the Karlsson's infant son, Axel.

Police are investigating the claims, however, a lawyer tells 1310 NEWS it can be difficult to determine who is behind comments posted through fake accounts.

"You're hoping there's a confession made along the way," senior partner at Levitt LLP, Howard Levitt, told 1310 NEWS.  "It's a little like the old confessions made in prison from one person to another -- then it all comes back haunt them. You hope they slip something somewhere to admit it's them, because sometimes it is possible to conceal things."

Caryk and Hoffman denied the allegations, stating they're willing to co-operate in any way to figure out who's behind the campaign, and to clear their names.
 





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