Waterloo Regional Police Cybercrime Investigation Results in More Charges

Waterloo Region, Ontario – As reported in October 2018, the Waterloo Regional Police, together with Provincial Strategy partners, have arrested 10 people in connection to an ongoing investigation into the illegal distribution and possession of child exploitation material.

The investigation, conducted by the Waterloo Regional Police Service’s Cybercrime Unit, included the execution of 12 search warrants at residences and vehicles throughout Waterloo Region, including Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, New Hamburg, Elmira and St. Jacobs.

The warrants were executed between September 18, 2018 and October 1, 2018 with the assistance of Ontario Provincial Strategy members, including the Ontario Provincial Police, Guelph Police Service, Durham Regional Police Service, Hamilton Police Service, Woodstock Police Service, London Police Service, Windsor Police Service, Brantford Police Service and Peel Regional Police Service.

In one particular investigation, Waterloo Regional Police Service, working with Hamilton Police Service, searched a Waterloo residence. A 29-year-old Waterloo male was identified as the suspect of the child pornography investigation. The male was charged with two counts of Possession of Child Pornography, Make Available Child Pornography and Breach Probation offences.

Through continued investigation and forensic analysis of devices, police located two child victims and the same male was charged additionally with three counts each of Sexual Assault, Sexual Interference and Make Child Pornography.

The male was held in custody. 

The Waterloo Regional Police Service continued to investigate and two more additional victims were located, a child and an adult. On March 7, 2019, as a result of continued forensic analysis, the same male was charged with 70 criminal offences, including Sexual Assault, Sexual Interference, Make Child Pornography and Voyeurism.

The accused was known to the victims and all of the offences occurred in Oxford County and Kitchener.

The Waterloo Regional Police Service is a member of the Ontario Provincial Strategy to Protect Children from Sexual Abuse and Exploitation on the Internet. This Project has been made possible by a grant from the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.

Media Inquiries

André Johnson
Public Information Officer, Executive Branch
Waterloo Regional Police Service
519-570-9777 (WRPS) ext. 8106


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