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Child Exploitation - Welland Man Arrested on Child Exploitation Charges

Posted on Friday November 02, 2018
In May of 2018, members of the Niagara Regional Police Service Internet Child Exploitation (I.C.E.) Unit began an investigation into the on-line sexual exploitation of children.
The investigation led investigators to a Welland residence. On November 1st, 2018, members assigned to the I.C.E. Unit; the Technological Crimes Unit and the Cybercrime Unit executed a search warrant at a Welland home. A number of computer systems and storage media were seized and forensically examined.
As a result of the investigation, on November 1st, 2018, 26 year old Gordon Edwards of Welland was arrested and charged with two counts of Sexual Assault, two counts of sexual interference, one count of invitation to sexual touching, one count of Luring to make child pornography, and one count of Luring to commit invitation to sexual touching.
Edwards has been held in custody pending a bail hearing which will take place on Friday, November 2nd, 2018 at the Robert S.K. Welch Courthouse, located at 59 Church Street, St. Catharines, Ontario.
Through the course of the investigation, members of the Niagara Regional Police Service's ICE Unit have reason to believe that there are additional victims within the community, and are asking the community for assistance in gathering this information.
Anyone with information in this matter is asked to contact Detective Constable Chad Davidson at 905-688-4111 ext. 9241 or at Members of the public are also encouraged to report crimes anonymously through Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
The Niagara Regional Police Service is a member of the Provincial Strategy to Protect Children from Sexual Abuse and Exploitation on the Internet and conducts investigations into Internet Child Exploitation Offences in partnership with numerous Ontario Police Services. This investigative initiative has been made possible with financial assistance from the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services and the Ministry of the Attorney General.
Members of the public can report suspicious Internet activities relating to child exploitation to the Niagara Regional Police Service, or online at Internet safety tips for parents, children and Internet users are also available on the Cybertip website.

Incident Number: 18-48754
Submitted By: David Biggar
Approved By: David Biggar

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