At a media conference June 12 at Regional Headquarters members of Durham Regional Police and the OPP announced the results of a child pornography investigation. Six Durham Region men have been arrested and over 20 computer hard drives seized as part of a joint child pornography investigation.
Four search warrants were executed on Monday morning and four more took place Tuesday morning at residences in Whitby (2), Pickering, Uxbridge, Oshawa (3) and Ajax. A total of six men have been arrested and 19 charges have been laid. A complete list is attached.
It is alleged the accused men downloaded and/or shared child pornography with others in peer-to-peer groups over the Internet. This investigation was led by the DRPS Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Unit, with assistance from the OPP Child Exploitation Section. Both services would like to recognize and thank the RCMP's National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre for assistance with the execution of search warrants.
The DRPS is committed to the Provincial Strategy to Protect Children from Sexual Abuse and Exploitation on the Internet which was created in August 2006 in response to the McGuinty government’s request that police develop a coordinated, multi-disciplinary province-wide approach to combating Internet crimes against children. The provincial strategy is jointly supported by the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services and the Ministry of the Attorney-General for Ontario.
The Provincial Strategy to Protect Children from Sexual Abuse and Exploitation on the Internet is comprised of the OPP Child Exploitation Section, 18 municipal police services, 2 crown attorney provincial coordinators and 1 victim services coordinator. 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
Anyone with information regarding these investigations is asked to contact Det. Norton of the DRPS ICE Unit at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 5363.
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Deputy Scott Burns, OPP D/S/Sgt. Frank Goldschmidt, OPP Insp. Scott Naylor and DRP Det. Randy Norton (JPG file, 337.5K bytes)