Two sexual exploitation arrests in two days

Barrie Police make back to back arrests

Barrie Police say they have made two arrests in as many days, in connection to a pair of unrelated Child Exploitation Unit investigations.

The first arrest came Wednesday. A 23-year-old man was arrested and now faces charges including child luring, sending explicit material to a child, and making child porn available via social media. The investigation that led to his arrest began in April after police were contacted by the victim.

On Thursday, the Barrie Police Service was joined by the OPP Child Sexual Exploitation Unit in executing a search warrant at a home in Orillia. That’s where a 25-year-old man was arrested. He faces charges including criminal harassment, extortion, and non-consensual distribution of intimate images. The victim, a 21-year-old woman, reached out to Barrie Police, leading to the man’s arrest.

In both cases, several devices were seized and will be forensically analyzed for digital evidence, according to police.