ORILLIA, ON, Feb. 2, 2012 /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 Vaughan, OPP Acting Commissioner Scott TOD
along with members of the Provincial Strategy's police partners and other participating law enforcement agencies, who
were instrumental in bringing this investigation to a successful
conclusion, announced details of the investigation.
A total of 76 search warrants were executed, resulting in 213 charges against 60 persons, including three (3) young offenders. Charges include Sexual Assault, Child Luring,
Possession of Child Pornography, Make Available Child Pornography,
Distribution of Child Pornography, Making Child Pornography, and
Accessing Child Pornography. In addition, 22 victims have been identified during the investigation. Quantities of
drugs and weapons were also seized during the operations.
Members of the OPP Child Sexual Exploitation Unit also took the
opportunity to encourage parents and guardians to proactively increase
their awareness of Internet safety issues.
Additional arrests are pending and additional victims will likely be
identified as the investigation continues. The complete list of
arrested persons and their respective charges have been appended to
this media release.
From August 2006 to February 1, 2012, there have been 16,131
investigations completed by the Provincial Strategy partners and OPP Child Sexual Exploitation Unit. During that time,
5,837 charges have been laid against 1,867 people.
"Every child has the right to be nurtured and the right to be safe.
Child pornography is the sexual abuse of children. Every image of child
pornography represents a child victim. Every trading or transmission of
that image represents a re-victimization of that child. "
- Scott TOD - Acting Commissioner, Ontario Provincial Police
"Turning the spotlight on child sexual exploitation on the Internet -
helps us help children, teens, and parents educate themselves to ensure
their Internet experience - through games or social networking sites -
can be as rewarding as they want it to be…and as safe as it needs to
be. Because every child matters…everywhere."
- Inspector Scott Naylor, Manager -- OPP Child Sexual Exploitation Unit
For information regarding the accused, Municipality of Residence, and
Charge Information, see ADDENDUM - Charged Persons.
The entire media kit, including Addendum of Charged Persons and
broadcast quality video interviews and b-roll, is available on-line at
these links: (English Francais)
SOURCE Ontario Provincial Police
For further information:
| Contact: || || Sergeant Pierre Chamberland |
Media Relations Coordinator
| Phone: || || (office) 705 329-6878 |