On March 3, 2021, Members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Child Sexual Exploitation Unit, Woodstock Police Service along with members of OPP Digital Forensics, executed a search warrant at a residence in Woodstock, Ontario following an online child sexual exploitation investigation.
As a result of this investigation, a 38-year old male was arrested and charged with seven counts of making pornography by the written word, seven counts of distributing child pornography and twelve (12) counts of harassing communication. Three exhibits were seized for further examination.
The accused appeared in the Ontario Court of Justice in Woodstock by video and was released with conditions.
Police encourage anyone wanting to make a difference in the fight against the sexual exploitation of children, to go to www.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 www.cybertip.ca.
Police are asking anyone who may have information regarding this investigation or if you have information regarding internet child exploitation, please contact the OPP at . If wish to remain anonymous you can contact Crime Stoppers at (TIPS) or 1-800-222-8477