Members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Child Sexual Exploitation Unit (CSEU), Digital Forensics Unit and Brockville Police Service have arrested and charged two men, one in Brockville and one in Cardinal, following a child sexual exploitation investigation.
On May 25, 2022, police executed search warrants at a business and home in the City of Brockville, Ontario, and seized several electronic devices. As a result of this investigation, a male, 61 years of age, was arrested and charged with:
One count of Possession of Child Pornography, as per section 163.1(4) of the Criminal Code.
The accused was held for a bail hearing.
On May 30, 2022, police executed a search warrant at a home in the Town of Cardinal and seized several electronic devices. As a result of this investigation, a male, 23 years-of-age, was arrested and charged with:
Three counts of Possession of Child Pornography, as per section 163.1(4) of the Criminal Code.
Two counts of Making Available Child Pornography, as per section 163.1(3) of the Criminal Code.
The accused was released from custody following a bail hearing and is scheduled to appear in court on June 24, 2022, at the Ontario Court of Justice in Brockville.
Children are our most valuable and precious members of society. Many victims of child sexual abuse are so young that they cannot tell their story. Every time an image or video depicting that abuse is shared, that child is re-victimized. Members of the OPP CSEU will continue to pursue individuals who exploit children on the Internet.
Anyone wanting to make a difference is encouraged to go to protectchildren.ca and download the “Child Sexual Abuse – It Is Your Business” brochure from the Canadian Center for Child Protection. This is an important first step that can save a child.
Parents are reminded to take a proactive approach to help protect their children from online sexual exploitation by speaking with their children regarding internet safety. Parents and anyone interested in protecting children can find resources to assist them at cybertip.ca.
Police are asking anyone who has information regarding this investigation, or if you have information regarding any internet child exploitation, to please contact the OPP at . If wish to remain anonymous you can contact Crime Stoppers at (TIPS) or 1-800-222-8477.