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Joint Forces Operation Leads to Five Men Charged with Child Pornography Offences

Joint Forces Operation Leads to Five Men Charged with Child Pornography Offences
April 19th, 2017 - Police & the Community

(Orillia, ON) -Members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Child Sexual Exploitation Unit, the OPP Technological Crime Unit, the Barrie Police Service (Internet Child Exploitation) and the South Simcoe Police Service jointly worked on several separate investigations involving the online exploitation of children. These investigations took place over a two month period and resulted in the execution of eight search warrants, the seizure and forensic examination of 47 devices and the arrest five men in separate child pornography investigations.

A total of 16 child sexual exploitation charges including; luring a child over the Internet, possession, accessing and making available-images of child pornography. A related investigation has been forwarded to law enforcement partners in the United States for follow up.

A summary of the investigations, involved persons and charges laid are as follows:

  • March 28, 2017 the OPP Child Sexual Exploitation Unit and the South Simcoe Police Service concluded a child pornography investigation. Kyle EVANS, 25-years-old of the Town of Bradford, Ontario was charged with 2 counts of Possession of child pornography. The accused will return to court on May 18, 2017 in Bradford, Ontario.
     
  • On April 3, 2017, the OPP Child Sexual Exploitation Unit, the OPP Technological Crime Unit and the Barrie Police Service (ICE unit) conducted an online undercover investigation resulting in an arrest of a 26-year-old male from Barrie, Ontario. Police charged Jayme SYRING, 26-years-old of the City of Barrie, Ontario with two counts of luring a child over the Internet.The accused was later released from a bail hearing and will return to court on April 12, 2017 in Barrie, Ontario.
     
  • On April 4, 2017 the OPP Child Sexual Exploitation Unit, the OPP Technological Crime Unit, Huntsville OPP Detachment and the Barrie Police Service (ICE unit) arrested a man following a child pornography investigation. Frederick (Rod) MacLeod, 58-years-old of Huntsville, Ontario was arrested and charged with three counts of Possession of child pornography. The accused was released from a bail hearing and will return to court on April 19, 2017 in Huntsville, Ontario.
     
  • On April 4, 2017 the OPP Child Sexual Exploitation Unit, the OPP Technological Crime Unit and the Barrie Police Service (ICE unit) arrested a man following a child pornography investigation. Richard SHEARDOWN, 50-years-old of the City of Barrie,Ontario was arrested and charged with two counts of Possession of child pornography. The accused was released from a bail hearing and will return to court on May 1, 2017 in Barrie, Ontario.
     
  • On April 5, 2017 the OPP Child Sexual Exploitation Unit, the OPP Technological Crime Unit and the Nottawasaga OPP Detachment arrested a man following a child pornography investigation initiated by the Greater Sudbury Police Service. Thomas Arthur REID, 61-years-old of Essa Township, Ontario was arrested and charged with three counts of Possession of child pornography, two counts of accessing child pornography and making available child pornography. The accused was released from a bail hearing and will return to court on April 17, 2017 in Bradford, Ontario.

The investigations are continuing.

Contact: OPP Acting/Detective Sergeant Brian McDermott - Child Sexual Exploitation Unit
Phone: (705) 330- 3240

Prepared by: Ontario Provincial Police