DRP officers arrested two suspects in Durham Region as a part of a provincial wide strategy on internet safety for children.
The Provincial Strategy To Protect Children From Sexual Abuse and Exploitation on the Internet is a multi-jurisdictional strategy involving the O.P.P. and 18 other municipal police services across Ontario. As a result of the strategy, 44 search warrants were executed, resulting in 122 charges against 35 individuals.
Inspector Brian Osborne of the Major Crime Unit was on hand at a press conference in Toronto to speak to the media regarding the arrests in Durham Region.
The goal of the strategy is to focus on child pornography, luring and child sexual abuse on the internet as a province wide team as opposed to each police service dealing with the issues individually. 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 individuals charged in Durham Region are:
- Matthew SMITH, 21, from Ajax, Ontario, has been charged with one count of Make Available Child Pornography
- George MILLER, 23, from Ajax, Ontario, has been charged with one count of Possession of Child Pornography and one count of Make Available Child Pornography
Please visit the following websites for more information on Internet Safety.
osborne thumb (JPG file, 41.3K bytes)
O.P.P. Commissioner Fantino addresses the media (JPG file, 142.5K bytes)
Child pornography press conference in Toronto (JPG file, 162.4K bytes)