Internet Child Exploitation Hits Home – 5 People Arrested

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ICE Press Conference

Multi-Jurisdiction Internet Child Exploitation Arrests Includes Local Residents

The Sault Ste. Marie Police Service is a member of the Ontario Provincial Strategy to Protect Children from Sexual Abuse and Exploitation on the Internet. The Provincial Strategy was
created in 2006 in response to the Ontario government’s request that police develop a coordinated, province-wide approach to combat internet crimes against children, including child pornography, luring and self/peer exploitation offences.

The Ontario Provincial Police Child Sexual Exploitation Section administers the Provincial Strategy and has formed a Joint Management Team, consisting of senior officers from the OPP, 18 police services, the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services and the Ministry of the Attorney General.

The Sault Ste. Marie Police Service Internet Child Exploitation Unit (ICE) has one investigator who is the Provincial Strategy Representative. The ICE Unit works in partnership with the SSMPS Technological Crime Unit (TCU) on child exploitation investigations. Across the Province, search warrants were executed and persons were charged with child
pornography related offences by these police services, including the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service. Locally, officers from the ICE Unit, TCU Unit, Investigation Services, Crime
Suppression Unit and Patrol Services executed 5 search warrants, which resulted in the arrest of five individuals and 15 charges being laid.

On the 23rd of September 2014 members from the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service ICE and TCU were involved the execution of four search warrants in Sault Ste. Marie which resulted in four persons being charged with various child pomography related offences.

  • On the 23rd of September a search warrant was executed on Kerr Drive. Computers were seized along with 11 grams of marijuana. 31-year old Morgan Janes (M) of 142 Kerr Drive has been charged with one count of possession of a controlled or substance. The estimated street value of the drugs is $165. He will appear in court on October 20, 2014. 32-year old Valerie Roy of 142 Kerr Drive has been charged with one count of possession of child pornography, one count of make available child pornography, one count of accessing child pomography and one count of a possession of a controlled drug or substance. She appeared in bail court on September 24th.
  • On the 23rd of September a search warrant was executed on Breton Road. Computers were seized. 32-year old David Haryett of 11-171 Breton Road has been charged with one count of possession of child pornography and one count of make available child pornography. He appeared in bail court on September 24th.
  • On the 23rd of September a search warrant was executed on Cathcart Street. Computers were seized. 20-year old Robert Poile of 1-53 Cathcart Street has been charged with one count of possession of child pornography, one count of make available child pomography and one count of accessing child porno graphy. He appeared in bail court on September 24th.
  • On the 23” and 24th of September search warrants was executed on Spruce Street. Computers were seized. 28-year old Bryan Zappacosta of 91 Spruce Street has been charged with one count of possession of child pomography, one count of accessing child pomography and one count of make available child pornography.
  • Furthermore officers from Investigation Services became involved in an investigation on the 12th of September 2014 which resulted in a 51-year old male being charged. It is alleged that between the 30th of June and the 12th of September 2014 the accused surreptitiously recorded a young female. It is further alleged that the accused approached the same victim and requested nude photographs of her. On the 13th of September officers from the ICE Unit, TCU Unit and Investigation Services executed a search warrant, seized computer equipment and charged the male with one count of voyeurism and one count of possession of child pornography. The accused appeared in bail court on the 15th of September.

The name of the accused is not being released to protect the identity of the victim. The Sault Ste. Marie Police Service has reason to believe that there may be more child victims in our community. This investigation is continuing.

Since 2009 the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service ICE Unit has conducted 148 investigations, made 30 arrests, and laid 93 charges.

The Sault Ste. Marie Police Service is dedicated to continue to enforce and actively work on crimes involving children on the internet.

Officers from the Community Relations and Crime Prevention Section as well as the High School Liaison Officers educate our youth on the risk and dangers from the internet.

Parents/guardians also need to play a role in protecting our children. By visiting sites such as the Canadian Centre for Child Protection and Cybertips, parents can arm themselves with information and assist in education of our youth.

The webpage for the Canadian Centre for Child Protection is www.protectchildren.ca

The webpage for Cybertips is cybertip.ca