Ryan Earl McCann, 20, was sentenced to eight years in prison for exploiting young girls over the Internet.

McCann ran a bogus online chat company called "Talen's Playground," where he told the girls he would pay them thousands to commit sex acts in front of their web cams. Photos were also used to coerce the girls.

Ryan Earl McCann left a "trail of scarred and emotionally fragile young women," said Ontario Court Justice Celynne Dorval .

"It is clear that it is at the sense of control generated by these offences to which the defendant is addicted. The offences are predatory," added Justice Dorval.

The female victims, aged 14 to 21, were recruited from online social networking sites and chat programs such as Facebook and MSN for friendly talks that eventually turned ugly. There were 19 named complainants, and three more who did not want to come forward. Ten of the girls were under 16.

The Kanata man pleaded guilty earlier this month to 26 charges in total, including extorting young girls and women to make pornographic videos, producing child pornography, invitation to sexual touching, harassment and uttering death threats.

The guilty plea means there will not be a trial, and the girls who did come forward will not have to give full accounts.

The verdict was also affected by the fact that McCann used special networking and hacked into the girls' facebook sites, as well.

McCann can also no longer contact anyone under 16 using a computer.

With a report from CTV Ottawa's Kate Eggins