Par­ents con­cerned over child pornog­ra­phy charges

North Toronto Post - - News - — Sa­man­tha Peksa

A 32-year-old man who owns and op­er­ates After­four day camp near Bayview Av­enue and Moore Av­enue is fac­ing charges re­lat­ing to an on­line child pornog­ra­phy in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

On Aug. 3, the Toronto Po­lice Ser­vice (TPS) ex­e­cuted two search war­rants at the ac­cused’s home and busi­ness in Lea­side. He has been charged with ac­cess­ing, pos­sess­ing and mak­ing child pornog­ra­phy.

Det. Const. Steve Mailer, of the TPS Sex Crimes, Child Ex­ploita­tion Sec­tion, led the in­ves­ti­ga­tion from April to May this year.

“It was a proac­tive un­der­cover in­ves­ti­ga­tion. The al­le­ga­tions are that a cer­tain amount of images and videos were shared with me through the In­ter­net that con­tained child pornog­ra­phy,” said Mailer.

Ac­cord­ing to Mailer, the TPS unit tracked the sus­pect’s IP ad­dress to his home in Lea­side.

Mailer said the day camp has been op­er­at­ing for ap­prox­i­mately four or five years and has had more than a hun­dred stu­dents en­rolled in that time pe­riod.

“At this point, I have no ev­i­dence to sug­gest that any child was touched in­ap­pro­pri­ately in any way or that there was any­thing in­ap­pro­pri­ate hap­pen­ing at the af­ter-school pro­gram,” said Mailer.

Ac­cord­ing to Mailer, the TPS has spo­ken with many con­cerned par­ents since the ar­rest was made pub­lic, and no one has come for­ward with any sex­ual as­sault al­le­ga­tions.

Par­ents are ad­vised to have an open con­ver­sa­tion with their kids, ask­ing what their com­fort level was or what they liked or didn’t like about their time at the busi­ness.

The ac­cused was seen in court on Aug. 3 and has since been let out on bail.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the day camp did not re­turn re­quests for com­ment.

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