The face of keeping our children safe

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A press conference was held earlier today at the Sault Ste. Marie Police Station and the topic: child pornography.

Douglas Erkkila has been on the investigating team for the last 12 years and has recently led police to the arrest of five individuals and six search warrants in the last two weeks. It has been part of an investigation that started back in October 2015.

Since April 2015 there has been 57 individuals arrested in a total of 130 offences.

It was because of Erkkila’s team and the local technical machinery available in the Sault that there has been a joint effort with other policing forces from the surrounding area, as far as Orillia, to keep our children safe.

Over the past two weeks officers from the Technological Crime Unit, assisted by officers from Patrol Services, the Emergency Services Unit (ESU) and the Ontario Provincial Police  executed a total of 6 Criminal Code search warrants in Sault Ste. Marie as well as one in Elliott Lake.

The search warrants resulted in the seizure of several computers, hard drives, cell phones and other digital devices. All of the investigations are ongoing and further charges may be laid pending the forensic analysis of the seized material.

As a result of the investigations the following persons have been charged and have appeared in bail court:

  • 35 year old Andrew Thomas HUNT of Sault Ste. Marie has been charged with two counts of Possession of Child Pornography contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada and two counts of Make Child Pornography Available contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada
  • 41 year old Kimberly Ann RIVERS of Sault Ste. Marie has been charged with one count of Possession of Child Pornography contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada and one count of Make Child Pornography Available contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada
  • 65 year old James Lloyd O’HARA of Sault Ste. Marie has been charged with one count of Possession of Child Pornography contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada and one count of Make Child Pornography Available contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada
  • 36 year old Erik SACHRO of Sault Ste. Marie has been charged with one count of Possession of Child Pornography contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada , one count of Make Child  Pornography Available  contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada , one count of fail to comply with release conditions by not residing at residence on the release document contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada and one count of possession of a controlled drug or substance, to wit: marihuana contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act
  • 55 year old Kenneth McKEE of Sault Ste. Marie has been charged with one count of Make Child Pornography Available contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada, one count of Accessing Child Pornography contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada, one count of Unsafe Storage of a Firearm contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada and one count of Possession of a Controlled Drug or Substance, it wit: marihuana, contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act

 

Sault Ste. Marie Police Service Involved in Multi-Jurisdictional Provincial Strategy Arrests

The Provincial Strategy to Protect Childrenfrom Sexual Abuse and Exploitation on the Internet (Provincial Strategy) is comprised of the OPP Child Sexual Exploitation Section (CSES), 26 municipal police services and the Ministries of the Attorney General (MAG) and Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS).

Coordinated investigations took place this week by the 26 police service partners along with the RCMP, South Simcoe Police Service, Stratford Police Service, St. Thomas Police, Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), Canadian Forces National Investigation Service and the United States Homeland Security Investigations.

The 26 municipal police services currently in the Provincial Strategy include: Barrie, Brantford, Durham, Guelph, Halton, Hamilton, Kingston, London, Niagara, Ottawa, Peel, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, Toronto, Waterloo, Windsor, York, Belleville, Chatham-Kent, Cornwall, North Bay, Peterborough, Sarnia, Timmins and Woodstock.

Investigations involve social media sites, peer to peer file sharing systems as well as cloud storage sites. In many instances, internet service providers, including such companies as Google, Facebook, Skype and Kik identity child abuse material on their networks and notify law enforcement agencies, initiating these types of investigations. In addition tips may come from agencies such as CyberTipline and the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children.

Many of these investigations are conducted over a long period of time before a search warrant may be executed and arrests made.

A formal multi-jurisdiction media conference took place earlier today in Toronto at 10 am which announced the results of the investigations.

A total of 174 search warrants were executed, resulting in 274 charges against 80 persons, including one youth who cannot be identified under terms of the Youth Criminal Justice Act. Charges include Sexual Assault, Possession of Child Pornography, Make Available Child Pornography, Distribution of Child Pornography, Making Child Pornography, and Accessing Child Pornography. In addition, 20 victims were identified  during the investigations and referred  to appropriate community-based  resources  for assistance. Drug and weapons-related charges were also laid.

 

 

2 COMMENTS

  1. It’s awesome that these arrests were made. Well done! But now these people will be back on the street on bail which I disagree with. They are dangerous to the children and should not be out unless they are closely monitored. And after the good work of the investigators and law enforcement they are all too often given a slap on the wrist once in front of the judge. I hope they are held until sentencing and the punished severely!! The children that are exploited are given a life sentence and these low lives just carry on.

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