OPP Seeking Other Victims
ST. THOMAS, ON, Jan. 31, 2012 /CNW/ - Members of the Ontario Provincial
Police (OPP) Child Sexual Exploitation Unit, Elgin County OPP Detachment, Toronto Police Service,
Colorado Springs Police Department and the U.S. Department of Homeland
Security have arrested and charged a St. Thomas area man following an
Internet child sexual exploitation investigation.
The investigation began after information was received from United
States authorities that the homeowner was communicating via the
Internet with an individual in Colorado for the purposes of
facilitating sexual offences against children. The investigation also
revealed that the accused was sexually abusing children in Ontario.
On January 25, 2012 the OPP executed a search warrant at a residence in
Southwold Township, located just West of St. Thomas Ontario, and seized
computers and external media devices.
Jason Leonard SAWYER, 31 years old of Southwold Township, was arrested
and charged with three counts each of Sexual Assault and Sexual
Interference, one count of Counseling to Commit Sexual Assault and one
count each of Making, Possession and Accessing Child Pornography. The
accused is being held in custody awaiting a bail hearing on January 31,
2012 in the Ontario Court of Justice in St. Thomas, Ontario.
The OPP is advising the public that the accused was at one time a
self-employed photographer of young female models and weddings under
the business name of "Jay Sawyer Photography".
Police are asking anyone with additional information regarding this
investigation to call the OPP Child Sexual Exploitation Unit at
The investigation is continuing.
SOURCE Ontario Provincial Police
For further information:
| Contact: |
| OPP Detective Sergeant Terry Paddon |
Child Sexual Exploitation Unit
| Phone: || (416) 460-6567 |
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