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Published May 21, 2024

OPP charge Alliston resident in online child sexual exploitation investigation

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An Alliston resident is facing charges in connection to a child sexual exploitation investigation, provincial police say.

In a news release on Tuesday, OPP said a search warrant was executed at the accused's residence and several electronic devices were seized on May 7.

A 42-year-old was arrested and charged with two counts of possession of child pornography.

The accused is scheduled to appear today at a bail hearing in Barrie.

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"Our most fundamental responsibility as a society is to protect our children from those who would do them harm," said OPP Detective Inspector Sharon Hanlon, Child Sexual Exploitation Unit.

"Every time an image or video depicting that abuse is shared, that child is re-victimized. We must work tirelessly to ensure their safety and dignity are upheld at all times."

OPP say 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 can find resources at cybertip.ca or protectchildren.ca.

If you have information regarding internet child exploitation and wish to provide information anonymously, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or ontariocrimestoppers.ca. Reporting information may also be made on the internet through cybertip.ca.

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