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Child Exploitation - Provincial Strategy - Internet Child Exploitation Arrests

Posted on Wednesday December 05, 2018
During the month of November, the Niagara Regional Police Service Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Unit took part in an initiative by the Provincial Strategy to Protect Children from Sexual Abuse and Exploitation on the Internet to highlight one month's worth of work done by ICE investigators in Ontario.
Throughout the month of November, investigators with the Niagara Regional Police Service ICE Unit, supported by members of the Technological Crimes Unit, Cyber Crime Unit, Child Abuse Unit and Uniform Patrol carried out arrests of five adult men and two young persons who have been charged with a combined total of 27 offences, including sexual interference, sexual assault, luring a person under 18, luring a person under 16, invitation to sexual touching, making available child pornography, possession of child pornography, accessing child pornography, extortion, non-consensual distribution of intimate images and harassing telecommunication. Most importantly, these investigations identified five victims who were referred to appropriate community-based support services to receive assistance. 
The investigations carried out by the ICE Unit were unrelated and there was no evidence that any of the accused were associated with one another. These were all individual investigations that were started as a result of a report to the police or a through a tip that led to an online investigation.
The identities of the adult accused are not being released in order to protect the identities of victims and due to publication bans. The identities of young persons are not being released to comply with provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
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.

Submitted By: Paul Koscinski
Approved By: Paul Koscinski

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