As part of Operation VACCIN, a Canadawide police operation that targets drinking and driving, officers with the Sureté du Quebec and the Sherbrooke police force set up a roadblock in the roundabout at the intersection of routes 147 and 143, last Saturday. Between 12:30 am and 2:00 am, 125 drivers were intercepted and none were charged with driving under the influence. Police noted that many of the drivers had been ‘designated’ and others were accompanied by Nez Rouge volunteers. All of the drivers intercepted received a holiday card created especially by the partners of Operation VACCIN to remind them that is easy to avoid problems, when alcohol is involved, by planning return trips in advance.
The SQ investigative team that looks into the sexual exploitation of children made two more arrests last Wednesday. Fernand Fortin, a 56 year-old man living in St. Denis de Brompton, and Serge Rivard, a 66 yearold man living in Magog, appeared at the Sherbrooke courthouse to face charges. Fernand Fortin must respond to charges of possession, distribution and access to child pornography. Serge Rivard faces charges of possession, production, distribution and access to child pornography as well as possession of cannabis.
The two men were detected on the internet by the investigators of the ESEI team. Searches at their homes found computer material which was seized for analysis. Operation Mainmise has led to 29 arrests, in November, and is the biggest police operation related to child pornography to date in Quebec.
Anyone with information about sexual predators can communicate with the police at 1 800 659-4264 or cyberaide.ca.