Province-wide arrests of child pornography offenders

ORILLIA, ON, March 10 /CNW/ - Numerous charges have been laid across Ontario following a massive, coordinated, child pornography investigation by the Provincial Strategy to Protect Children from Sexual Abuse and Exploitation on the Internet.

At a media conference in Toronto, OPP Commissioner Julian FANTINO along with members of the Provincial Strategy's police partners, who were instrumental in bringing this investigation to a successful conclusion, announced details of this investigation.

A total of 44 search warrants were executed, resulting in 122 charges against 35 persons. Charges include Sexual Assault, Possession of Child Pornography, Make Available Child Pornography, Distribution of Child Pornography, Making Child Pornography, Accessing Child Pornography, and various drug offences. In addition, two child victims have been identified during the investigation - one in Ontario and one outside of Canada and numerous charges regarding possession of prohibited weapons have been laid.

Members of the OPP Child Sexual Exploitation Section also took the opportunity to encourage parents and guardians to proactively increase their awareness of Internet safety issues.

Additional arrests are pending and the investigation continues. The complete list of arrested persons and their respective charges have been appended to this media release (see ADDENDUM - Charged Persons).

QUOTES

"Every image of child pornography represents a child victim. Every trading or transmission of that image represents a re-victimization of that child. The police services associated with the Provincial Strategy remain steadfast in their resolve to hunt down these child predators and keep our communities safe." - Julian Fantino - OPP Commissioner (http://www.opp.ca/ecms/index.php?id=22)

"Parents and guardians need to educate themselves about the technology their children are using to adequately protect them. Unfortunately, most parents and guardians are lagging far behind their children in their understanding of web technology." - Inspector Scott Naylor, Manager - OPP Child Sexual Exploitation Section

BACKGROUND

The Provincial Strategy to Protect Children from Sexual Abuse and Exploitation on the Internet was created in August 2006 in response to the McGuinty government's request that police develop a coordinated, province-wide approach to combating Internet crimes against children. The Provincial Strategy is jointly supported by the Ministry of the Attorney-General for Ontario and the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.

The Provincial Strategy to Protect Children from Sexual Abuse and Exploitation on the Internet is comprised of the OPP Child Exploitation Section and 18 municipal police services. The 18 police services partners include: Barrie PS, Brantford PS, Durham Regional PS, Guelph PS, Greater Sudbury PS, Halton Regional PS, Hamilton PS, Kingston PS, London PS, Niagara Regional PS, Ottawa PS, Peel Regional PS, Sault Ste. Marie PS, Toronto PS, Thunder Bay PS, Waterloo Regional PS, Windsor PS and the York Regional PS. Members of the Peterborough-Lakefield Community Police Service, Sarnia Police, and Cornwall Police Service also conducted investigations and executed search warrants as part of the March 2010 investigation.

Since August 2006 to March 1, 2010, there have been 8,260 investigations completed by the Provincial Strategy partners and OPP Child Sexual Exploitation Section. During that time, 3,394 charges have been laid against 1,130 people in the province of Ontario.

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The entire media kit, including broadcast quality video interviews and b-roll, is available on-line at these links: (English http://www.opp.ca/ecms/index.php?id=489) (Francais http://www.opp.ca/ecms/index.php?id=490)

For information regarding the accused, Municipality of Residence, and Charge Information, see ADDENDUM - Charged Persons.

For information regarding the Provincial Strategy to Protect Children from Sexual Abuse and Exploitation on the Internet, see BACKGROUNDER - Provincial Strategy.

For information regarding child pornography, see FACT SHEET - Child Pornography and Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation on the Internet.

For information regarding public safety and crime prevention tips, see BACKGROUNDER - Internet Safety Tips.

To learn more about online child sexual exploitation and to hear a first hand account from a victim, click here http://www.opp.ca/ecms/templates/oppca/player.html?bcpid=61631798001&bclid=61393232001&bctid=62731351001.

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Provincial Strategy to Protect Children
             From Sexual Abuse and Exploitation on the Internet

                                 March 2010
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                         ADDENDUM - CHARGED PERSONS
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        NAME        AGE  RESIDENCE   CHARGE    No. COUNTS         COURT DATE
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    Young Person     17  Brantford,    2   1 count Possession       March 10,
                          Ontario          Child Pornography          2010
                                           1 count Accessing
                                           Child Pornography
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    Dave DERIVERS    41  Collingwood,  4   1-count Possession       March 10,
                           Ontario         Child Pornography          2010
                                           1-count Make Available
                                           Child Pornography
                                           1-count Possession
                                           Prohibited Weapon
                                           1-count Possession of
                                           Controlled Substance
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    Casey McTAGGART  23  Collingwood,  2   1-count Possession       March 10,
                           Ontario         Child Pornography          2010
                                           1 count Make Available
                                           Child Pornography
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     David Allan     37   Cornwall,    3   2-counts Possession      March 10,
       GLAUDE              Ontario         Child Pornography          2010
                                           1-count Make Available
                                           Child Pornography
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    Richard NAULT    56   Sudbury,    14   1-count Possession        March 9,
                          Ontario          Child Pornography           2010
                                           1-count Possession of a
                                           Prohibited Firearm
                                           6-counts Unsafe Storage
                                           of a Firearm/Ammunition
                                           4-counts Unauthorized
                                           Possession of a Firearm
                                           1-count Unauthorized
                                           Possession of Prohibited
                                           Ammunition
                                           1-count Possession of
                                           Cannabis Marihuana
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    Ryan HOPKINS     27   Sudbury,    16   3-counts Sexual Assault  March 22,
                          Ontario          3-counts Voyeurism         2010
                                           1-count Criminal Harassment
                                           1-count Possession of
                                           Child Pornography
                                           1-count Manufacture Child
                                           Pornography
                                           2-counts Unauthorized
                                           Access to Computer
                                           2-counts Mischief to Data
                                           2-counts Breach of Weapons
                                           Prohibition
                                           1-count Possession of a
                                           Controlled Substance
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    Adrian COTE      19   Sudbury,     4   2-counts Possession of   March 10,
                          Ontario          Child Pornography          2010
                                           1-count Access Child
                                           Pornography
                                           1-count Make Available
                                           Child Pornography
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    Young Person     15    Guelph,     2   1-count Possession of    April 29,
                          Ontario          Child Pornography          2010
                                           1-count Make Child
                                           Pornography available
                                           for distribution
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    Liam SELMAN      18  St. Clair,    4   3-counts Possession of   March 10,
                          Ontario          Child Pornography          2010
                                           1-count Make Available
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    Young Person     16 Stevensville,  2   1-count Possession       March 10,
                          Ontario          Child Pornography          2010
                                           1-count Make Available
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    Corey PHIBBS     18 Stevensville,  2   1-count Possession       March 10,
                          Ontario          Child Pornography          2010
                                           1 count Make Available
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    Kevan BROWNSON   57 Peterborough,  4   2-counts Possession       March 8,
                          Ontario          Child Pornography          2010
                                           1-count Make Available
                                           Child Pornography
                                           1-count Making Child
                                           Pornography
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    Joel CHARLEBOIS  34  Sault Ste.    3   1-count Possession         To be
                       Marie, Ontario      Child Pornography       determined
                                           1-count Make Available
                                           Child Pornography
                                           1-count Breach of
                                           Probation
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    David MARCEAU   21   Sault Ste.    2   1-count Possession       March 10,
                       Marie, Ontario      Child Pornography          2010
                                           1 count Make Available
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        Willy       26    Toronto,     3   2-counts Possession       Pending
    GARCIA-PORRAS         Ontario          Child Pornography
                                           1-count Make Available
                                           Child Pornography
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      Jimmy ROCA    36    Toronto,     4   2-counts Possession       Pending
                          Ontario          Child Pornography
                                           1-count Import Child
                                           Pornography
                                           1-count Make Available
                                           Child Pornography
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    Daryl SKREPTAK  30    Windsor,     2   1-count Possession       Released
                          Ontario          Child Pornography         $10,000
                                           1-count Distribution    surety no
                                           Child Pornography         deposit
                                                                      with
                                                                   conditions
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    Nirushananthan  32    Markham,     2   1-count Possession of    March 10,
    THILLAIAMBALAM        Ontario          Child Pornography          2010
                                           1-count Make Available
                                           Child Pornography
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    Jeff JOSEPH     25    London,      5   2-counts Possession of   March 10,
                          Ontario          Child Pornography          2010
                                           1-count Distribution of
                                           Child Pornography
                                           1-count Accessing Child
                                           Pornography
                                           1-count Unauthorized Use
                                           of Computer
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    Young Person    15    London,      2   1-count Possession of    March 10,
                          Ontario          Child Pornography          2010
                                           1-count Accessing Child
                                           Pornography
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    William Ronald  25    London,      9   2-counts Possession of   March 10,
      ENGLAND             Ontario          Child Pornography          2010
                                           1-count Accessing Child
                                           Pornography
                                           1-count Distribution of
                                           Child Pornography
                                           4-counts Possession of
                                           Prohibited weapon
                                           1-count Possession of
                                           Break-in Instruments
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    Michael Daniel  61  Thunder Bay,   1   1-count Accessing Child  March 10,
       BEWCYK             Ontario          Pornography                2010
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    Matthew SMITH   21  Ajax, Ontario  1   1-count Make Available   March 10,
                                           Child Pornography          2010
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    George MILLER   23  Ajax, Ontario  2   1-count Possession of    March 10,
                                           Child Pornography          2010
                                           1-count Make available
                                           Child Pornography
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    Edwin KHITAB    33    Ottawa,      3   2-counts Possession       Unknown
                          Ontario          Child Pornography
                                           1-count Make Available
                                           Child Pornography
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    Young Person    17    Ottawa,      3   2-counts Possession       Unknown
                          Ontario          Child Pornography
                                           1-count Make Available
                                           Child Pornography
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      Michael       23    Ottawa,      3   2-counts Possession       Unknown
      McCURDY             Ontario          Child Pornography
                                           1-count Make Available
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    Alex MASON      29    Ottawa,      1   1-count Possession of     Unknown
                          Ontario          Child Pornography
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     Jean Michel    26    Ottawa,      1   1-count Possession of     Unknown
        DUVAL             Ontario          Child Pornography
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     Ryan CREAMER   36  Burlington,    3   1-count Possession of    March 10,
                          Ontario          Child Pornography          2010
                                           2-counts Make Available
                                           Child Pornography
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    Robert Fletcher 51  Burlington,    3   1-count Possession of    March 10,
        BURNS             Ontario          Child Pornography          2010
                                           2-counts make Available
                                           Child Pornography
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    Alfred Douglas  47   Kingston,     2   1-count Possession of    March 10,
      STELPSTRA           Ontario          Child Pornography          2010
                                           1-count Possession of
                                           Prohibited Weapon
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     Derek WINGER   19   Waterloo,     2   1-count Possession of    March 10,
                          Ontario          Child Pornography          2010
                                           1-count make Available
                                           Child Pornography
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NOTE: Two accused are to be apprehended by Peel Regional Police. The information relating to the arrests will be released at a later time.

Provincial Strategy to Protect Children
             From Sexual Abuse and Exploitation on the Internet

                     BACKGROUNDER - Provincial Strategy
                     ----------------------------------

    -   The Provincial Strategy to Protect Children from Sexual Abuse and
        Exploitation on the Internet was created in response to the Ontario
        government's request that police develop a coordinated, province-wide
        approach to combat Internet crimes against children.

    -   The stated goal of the Provincial Strategy was for the province to
        respond to this growing issue as a cohesive, united team, rather than
        having each municipal police force develop different approaches to
        deal with child pornography, luring and child sexual abuse on the
        Internet.

    -   Police services in Ontario, through the Ontario Association of Chiefs
        of Police (OACP) and the OPP, subsequently developed a systematic,
        victim-driven, all-encompassing approach to the prevention of child
        sexual abuse and exploitation on the Internet.

    -   The Provincial Strategy aims to effectively address the "complete
        picture" of child sexual abuse and exploitation - from the outset of
        an investigation, to offender apprehension and management, effective
        prosecution and sentencing, victim identification and support, as
        well as prevention and awareness.

    -   Prior to the Provincial Strategy, there was no mechanism in place for
        the vital coordination of intelligence, investigative support and
        information sharing.

    -   The OPP Child Sexual Exploitation Section administers the Provincial
        Strategy and has formed a Joint Management Team, consisting of senior
        officers from the OPP, 18 police services, and Ontario's Ministry of
        Community Safety and Correctional Services and the Ministry of the
        Attorney General.

    -   Since August 2006 to March 1, 2010, there have been 8,260
        investigations completed by the Provincial Strategy Partners and OPP
        Child Sexual Exploitation Section. During that time, 3,394 charges
        have been laid against 1,130 people in the province of Ontario.

    -   The 18 police services include: Toronto Police Service, Peel Regional
        Police, Halton Regional Police Service, Hamilton Police Service,
        Niagara Regional Police Service, Brantford Police Service, Guelph
        Police Service, Waterloo Regional Police Service, London Police
        Service, Windsor Police Service, Barrie Police Service, York Regional
        Police, Durham Regional Police Service, Kingston Police, Ottawa
        Police Service, Greater Sudbury Police Service, Sault Ste. Marie
        Police Service and Thunder Bay Police Service.


                     BACKGROUNDER - Internet Safety Tips
                     -----------------------------------

    What parents/guardians can do to protect their children.

    -   Be involved and know your child's online activity.

    -   Keep the computer in an open area of the home.

    -   Remind children to protect their passwords; encourage them not to
        share passwords with friends.

    -   Use caution with web cams, unplug web cams when they're not in use.

    -   Be sure of whom they're talking to before allowing them to turn on a
        web cam.

    -   Make sure children are cautious with what they post online.

    -   Know their online friends the same way they know friends in real
        life.

The OPP Crime Prevention Section has a number of tip sheets for both parents and children relating to safe Internet use at www.opp.ca/ecms/index

There are also age-appropriate internet safety tips and games through www.YTV.com. Visit Dr. Frantic's Cyber SAF-e-DRILLS2 website at http://promos.ytv.com/opp2010/default.aspx

FACT SHEET

          Child Pornography and Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation
                               on the Internet

    What it is:

    -   Child pornography is the sexual abuse of children - these are real
        children and this is a real crime against the most vulnerable members
        of our society.

    -   Child pornography is a criminal offence that involves victimizing
        children through sexual abuse.

    What it is not:
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    -   Child pornography is not merely an image-based offence, or an offence
        against the standards of society, or a censorship issue.

    -   Child sexual abuse in not "someone else's problem."

    Other Facts:

    -   Collections of child sexual abuse images in circulation on the
        Internet involve hundreds of thousands of images and hundreds of
        child sexual exploitation videos.

    -   Internet child sexual abuse is an international problem with
        international predators and victims, many of which are here in
        Ontario.

    -   The child victims are increasingly younger and the images are more
        violent, in response to a growing appetite for live streaming of
        child sexual abuse on the Internet. Ontarians should be concerned
        about this emerging trend.

    -   Often mistaken as victimless or merely image-based offences, most
        child pornography/luring offences in Ontario involve the actual
        sexual exploitation, sexual assault of children, including infants,
        on camera.

    -   Such cases include images of penetrative sexual activity between
        adults and very young children and infants, sexual bondage of
        children, bestiality and increasingly "live" web-cam streaming of
        real-time abuse of infants and children.

    -   Those who possess or collect child pornography have a hand in child
        sexual abuse and are party to the sexual assault.

    -   Possessors of child pornography have a very high propensity to be
        hands-on abusers, and studies from the United States indicate that
        anywhere from approximately 30 percent to 80 percent of collectors of
        child sexual abuse images are hands-on abusers.

    -   Studies also indicate that these abusers have anywhere from 13 to 30
        child victims each.

    -   Only 1 in 10 adults report sexual assault and, sadly, the sexual
        assault of children reporting statistics are much less.

    -   Canadian studies suggest that 19 out of 20 cases of child sexual
        abuse go undetected.

    -   When it comes to child pornography and child sexual abuse, Ontarians
        need to adopt the philosophy that "we cannot afford to be a society
        of bystanders."

    -   Knowledge of child pornography and child sexual abuse is everyone's
        business and responsibility to report.
For further information: Sergeant Pierre Chamberland, Media Relations Coordinator, Phone: (office) (705) 329-6878, (mobile) (705) 329-7092