Fort Erie man among those charged in province-wide child exploitation sweep

Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have announced numerous arrests and charges related to child exploitation.

A series of investigations under the Provincial Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Strategy, which is spearheaded by the OPP, sought to identify and apprehend individuals involved in the creation, possession, and distribution of child sexual abuse material.

These investigations, conducted between February 19 and February 29, 2024, resulted in the following:

  • 34 victims were identified
  • 30 children were safeguarded
  • 64 individuals were charged
  • 348 charges were laid
  • 607 electronic devices were seized

Among those apprehended was a 37-year-old Fort Erie man who is facing charges related to possession and accessing child pornography. The accused has been released from custody pending a court date set for June 7, 2024, in Welland.

Disturbing details have emerged from the investigation, including an individual attempting to arrange a real-life meeting with a child for sexual purposes and another found in possession of a large collection of child sexual abuse material.

For more information on safeguarding children and combating online exploitation, the OPP is directing the public to the Canadian Centre for Child Protection and cybertip.ca.

ICE is a collaboration between the OPP, 26 municipal police services including the Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS), and relevant government ministries.

It aims to provide a comprehensive response to online child exploitation.

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