Wasaga Beach man charged with child porn and weapons offences

Online investigation was conducted by OPP

An online child sexual exploitation investigation has resulted in charges against a Wasaga Beach man.

Provincial police executed a search warrant a Wasaga Beach residence on Thursday (Feb. 4) and seized numerous electronic exhibits for further examination, as well as a prohibited weapon. The 21-year-old suspect has been charged with two counts of possession of child pornography and one count of unauthorized possession of a weapon.

“Children are our most valuable and precious members of society. Many victims of child sexual abuse are so young that they cannot tell their story. Every time an image or video depicting that abuse is shared, that child is re-victimized. Members of the OPP Child Sexual Exploitation Unit will continue to pursue individuals who exploit children on the Internet,” said Detective Staff Sergeant Brian McDermott   

Anyone wanting to make a difference is encouraged to go to www.protectchildren.ca and download the “Child Sexual Abuse-It Is Your Business” brochure from the Canadian Center for Child Protection. This is an important first step that can save a child.

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 and anyone interested in protecting children can find resources to assist them at www.cybertip.ca.

Police are asking anyone who may have information regarding this investigation or if you have information regarding internet child exploitation, please contact the OPP. If you wish to remain anonymous you can contact Crime Stoppers at (TIPS) or 1-800-222-8477 www.ontariocrimestoppers.ca.  Reporting information may also be made on the internet through www.cybertip.ca. 1-888-310-1122.