In a span of five days, seven warrants were executed across Ontario and over 22 criminal code offences laid against five persons, including a 17 year old Haldimand male.
These warrants were conducted between May 4 and May 8 and represent an example of the ongoing sexual interest in children across Ontario, says the OPP.
Although these investigations are not related, they highlight that offenders are of all age groups, employment, and social economic classes.
The Haldimand 17 year old was charged with Voyeurism, Making Available Child Pornography, Possession of Child Pornography, and Distribute Intimate Images without Consent.
He was released to his parents and cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act provision.
The following individuals have also been arrested and charged.
Tanner Raymond, 22, of Quinte West: Possession of Child Pornography, and Making Available Child Pornography.
Simon Yalkezian, 33, of Cobourg: Making Available Child Pornography (five counts), Accessing Child Pornography, and Possession of Child Pornography. He was held for a Bail Hearing.
James Aldworth, 25, of Cobourg: Luring a Child (four counts), Transmit Explicit Material to a Child, and Indecent Exposure to a Child. He was held for a Bail Hearing.
A 42-year-old woman of Trenton: Making Child Pornography, and Possession of Child Pornography (two counts). She was held for a Bail Hearing and cannot be named to protect the identity of the victim.
Child exploitation is everyone’s business, stress the OPP.
Parents and caregivers must be aware that even during a pandemic, the exploitation of children does not stop. It stands to reason that with more children isolating at home and more offenders also self-isolating there will be increased risk that our children will cross the online path of someone with ill intent. This is a great time to have a conversation with your children about online risks.
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
Police are asking anyone who may have information regarding this investigation, or if you have information regarding internet child exploitation, please contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122.
If you wish to remain anonymous you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or www.ontariocrimestoppers.ca. Reporting information may also be made on the internet through www.cybertip.ca.