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Updated: Two Sudburians arrested for sex offences as part of province-wide child porn sweep

Two victims identified as a result of the Sudbury investigations
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Updated Dec. 6 at 10:30 a.m.

Two Sudburians — one of them a 45-year-old man and the other a teenage boy — have been arrested by Greater Sudbury Police for sex offences against children.

The police service's cyber crime unit conducted four search warrants at separate residences in Greater Sudbury, and arrested the two suspects as a result.

Two victims have been identified as a result of the investigations and they have been referred to appropriate victim services. 

A 45-year-old man was charged with luring a person under 16 years, make arrangement to commit sexual offence against child, indecent exposure to person under 16 years and make explicit material available to person under 16 years.

A 17-year-old boy has also been charged with two counts of luring a person under 18 years, three counts a luring a person under 16 years, two counts of making child pornography, three counts of possession of child pornography and three counts of indecent exposure to a person under 16 years.

The investigations are ongoing, and additional charges are pending. 

The Greater Sudbury Police Service cyber crime unit also assisted North Bay Police Service in the execution of two Search Warrants leading to the arrest of two men in North Bay. 

The unit is part of the Ontario Provincial Strategy to Protect Children from Sexual Abuse and Exploitation on the Internet, which has been made possible by a grant from the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services and the Ministry of the Attorney General.

At a media conference held in Vaughan on Dec. 5, Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), along with 26 police agencies of the Provincial Strategy, announced the results of investigations during the month of November across the entire province of Ontario. 

A total of 267 judicial authorizations were obtained, resulting in 551 charges against 122 persons, including 11 youth who can't be identified under terms of the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

Charges include: sexual assault, sexual interference, invitation to sexual touching, possession of child pornography, make available child pornography, distribution of child pornography, making child pornography, accessing child pornography, luring, making sexually explicit material available to a child.

Original story:

Numerous charges have been laid across Ontario, in what police are calling a snapshot of one month's worth of work by Internet Child Exploitation Investigators that make up the Provincial Strategy to Protect Children from Sexual Abuse and Exploitation on the Internet.  

At a media conference held in Vaughan on Dec. 5, Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) along with 26 police agencies of the Provincial Strategy announced the results of investigations during the month of November across the entire province of Ontario. 

A total of 267 judicial authorizations were obtained, resulting in 551 charges against 122 persons, including 11 youth who can't be identified under terms of the Youth Criminal Justice Act. 

Charges include: sexual assault, sexual interference, invitation to sexual touching, possession of child pornography, make available child pornography, distribution of child pornography, making child pornography, accessing child pornography, luring, making sexually explicit material available to a child.

"It is our fundamental and moral responsibility to ensure every child grows up safe. On behalf of the OPP, I want to make this message very clear, we will not stand for anyone hurting our kids," said Deputy Commissioner Rick Barnum, OPP Investigation and Support Bureau. "We will do everything we can to reduce the threat child predators pose to our children."

In addition, 55 victims were identified during the investigations and referred to appropriate community-based resources for assistance. Police also seized a total of 17 firearms, three of which were loaded handguns.   

Additional partners that participated in these investigations included RCMP, Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), Canadian Forces National Investigation Service, The FBI and United States Homeland Security Investigations. 

Representatives of BOOST Child and Youth Advocacy Centre and the Canadian Centre for Child Protection (CCCP) were also on hand to advocate for more services for identified victims of exploitation and to enhance awareness to prevent further harm and victimization.

Police displayed a video showing 834 unique IP addresses associated to the possession or making available of child sexual abuse material or were present on a suspected child pornography website. These IP addresses were observed over the month of November alone. Police describe these numbers as the "tip of the iceberg" in relation to online child sexual exploitation in Ontario. 

From its inception in August 2006, the entire Provincial Strategy has completed 50,403 investigations and laid 20,901 charges against 5,686 people. During that period, 2,009 child victims have been identified in Ontario and beyond.  

"Perpetrators of online sexual exploitation often minimize their actions by saying they were 'just looking.' Let me be clear, anyone who possesses, distributes, accesses or otherwise supports the supply and demand chain for child sexual abuse images are complicit in the sexual exploitation of children," said staff Sgt. Sharon Hanlon, Coordinator of the Provincial Strategy to Protect Children from Sexual Abuse and Exploitation on the Internet.




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