8 Arrested in Child Sexual Exploitation Bust

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(PETERBOROUGH, ON) – Eight people have been charged with 36 criminal offences during a joint investigation conducted by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Child Sexual Exploitation Unit (CSEU) and Peterborough Police Service.

The investigation, named Project Peacehaven, addressed concerns over how popular social media applications are used by those looking to sexually abuse children.

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Trained investigators utilized online under-cover techniques to access online chatrooms and social media applications designed for youth to proactively identify, locate and arrest persons looking to sexually exploit children in Peterborough. The investigation took place over three days.

Project Peacehaven highlights include:

  • Investigators communicated with 36 suspects beyond simple introductions. The communications established ages which were well outside the consensual parameters established by the Criminal Codeand included inappropriate sexualized content. Approximately 30 per cent of these suspects were identified, located and arrested after committing criminal offences.
  • Six of the suspects were arrested when they arrived at a set location to meet the child for sexual purposes.
  • Two suspects were identified solely through online investigations and arrested outside of a set meeting location.
  • One suspect drove over 290 kilometers to meet a child for sexual purposes.
  • A repeat offender was arrested who had just completed their ten-year term on the Ontario Sex Offender Registry.

Below is a list of people charged followed by a video outlining the investigation.

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The three-day investigation is a snapshot of the dangers children face online. Investigators accessed predicated online chat rooms and social media applications as millions of children do every day. To learn how to keep children safe, go to Canadian Centre for Child Protection. If you have information related to child sexual exploitation contact your local police or report to cybertip.ca.

“The importance of police services working together cannot be understated. We share our resources and our knowledge to identify those who seek to harm our children. There are no borders or jurisdictions in our fight against child exploitation.”

– Inspector Tina Chalk, OPP Counter Exploitation and Missing Person Section

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3 Replies to “8 Arrested in Child Sexual Exploitation Bust”

  1. Canada needs to amend the criminal code so that everyone of those SOB receives a branding on their forehead, a slow castration and their eyeballs burned and then removed as a fit punishment for their putrid crime. The damage they do to innocent little kids can never been forgotten and those kids are damaged forever. The scuzbags who support this activity should receive the same punishment.

  2. My son is a member of an on line community of Xbox players. Just before Christmas another member of the community flagged the name of another member expressing concern about the users posts in the community. He encouraged other online community members to avoid communicating with the member, As the member did not provide any specific info as to why this member was bad news my son decided to check the guy out on Facebook and reading a number of the guys posts with the Xbox community. My son discovered a number of the guys posts contained explicit child porn involving young children.
    My son’s initial response was to report the matter to the online community’s admins (Sony) as the broke community standards commonly found on most social media sites. He expected the guy would be kicked out and his posts removed. Sony did nothing. My son contacted the OPP to report the matter and spoke to a Kenora based officer involved with “Project P”.. This is part of the OPP’s efforts to fight child exploitation.
    This matter shows how little companies like Sony do to help combat child exploitation. These busts show that the police do take this problem very seriously. Parents need to monitor their kids activities online and the kid’s participation in these online communities.

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