mwzj · 2021-02-22

Orillia man faces porn charges

An Orillia man is under arrest in connection with what police are describing as Canada’s largest coordinated investigation into Internet-based child-abuse.

Fifty-four people have been arrested and face charges ranging from sexual assault and sexual interference to possessing, making and distributing child pornography.

Among them was a 19-year-old Orillia man, who was arrested March 25 and charged with two counts of possessing child pornography, one count of making available child pornography and one count of breaching his probation.

Police seized one computer, alleged to contain images of child sexual abuse.

The man’s arrest followed a joint investigation involving the OPP Electronic Crimes Section and the Orillia OPP detachment.

He was scheduled to appear in Barrie court for a bail hearing on Wednesday.

A 34-year-old Innisfil man was also arrested and charged with two counts of possessing child pornography and one count of making available child pornography.

The RCMP and the Ottawa-based National Child Exploitation Centre coordinated the investigations in conjunction with law enforcement partners across the country.

Police say they targeted individuals who met online to exchange pornographic images of children.