Corn­wall man faces child porn charges

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page - News Pro­vin­cial Strat­egy to Pro­tect Chil­dren From Sex­ual Abuse and Ex­ploita­tion on the In­ter­net ini­tia­tive – in­volved Strat­egy Pro­vin­cial Pro­vin­cial Strat­egy

BY SCOTT CARMICHAEL

Staff A 25-year-old Corn­wall man was among 122 peo­ple ar­rested in Novem­ber as part of an on­go­ing prov­ince-wide in­ves­ti­ga­tion into on­line child sex­ual abuse.

Jared B.J. Hen­drie, who was charged with pos­ses­sion of child pornog­ra­phy, was in­cluded on the list of sus­pects an­nounced at an On­tario Pro­vin­cial Po­lice press con­fer­ence in Vaughan De­cem­ber 5.

Mr. Hen­drie is sched­uled to ap­pear in Corn­wall court De­cem­ber 27.

The me­dia event was held to pro­vide an up­date – through the re­sults of a 30-day ‘snap­shot’ – of on­go­ing ef­forts to surveil and charge in­di­vid­u­als in­volved in cre­at­ing, pos­sess­ing, traf­fick­ing, or oth­er­wise be­ing in­volved in elec­tronic child sex­ual abuse in On­tario.

Those ef­forts – part of the the OPP, along with 26 other po­lice ser­vices from across the prov­ince, in­clud­ing the Corn­wall Com­mu­nity Po­lice Ser­vice (CCPS) – the Royal Cana­dian Mounted Po­lice (RCMP), the Canada Bor­der Ser­vices Agency (CBSA), and the Cana­dian Forces Na­tional In­ves­ti­ga­tion Ser­vice (CFNIS).

Al­to­gether in Novem­ber, law en­force­ment agen­cies jointly laid 551 charges and iden­ti­fied 55 vic­tims – the youngest of whom was three years old – who were re­ferred to com­mu­nity based ser­vices for as­sis­tance.

In­ves­ti­ga­tions last month in­volved track­ing 834 unique IP ad­dresses as­so­ci­ated with pos­ses­sion of, or mak­ing child sex abuse ma­te­rial avail­able on­line, or which had vis­ited web­sites sus­pected of con­tain­ing such ma­te­rial. OPP Staff Sgt. Sharon Han­lon,

co­or­di­na­tor, stated last week that past and present teach­ers, emer­gency per­son­nel, mem­bers of the mil­i­tary and fam­ily mem­bers, as well as oth­ers ac­tive in their re­spec­tive com- mu­ni­ties, were among those charged in Novem­ber.

“Sadly, we are see­ing the chil­dren get­ting younger, as well as the acts de­picted more vi­o­lent," said Staff-Sgt. Han­lon.

All de­mo­graph­ics

“I think it's clear that this crime crosses all de­mo­graph­ics of wealth, em­ploy­ment, so­cial sta­tus and age,” she added. “These peo­ple are our neigh­bours, rel­a­tives and friends. These are peo­ple we in­vite into our worlds be­cause we trust them.”

Dur­ing the press con­fer­ence, the OPP pro­vided sta­tis­tics com­piled since the in­cep­tion of the in 2006 show­ing that a to­tal of 50,403 In­ter­net child ex­ploita­tion-re­lated in­ves­ti­ga­tions have been con­ducted dur­ing that time, re­sult­ing in the ar­rests of 5,686 sus­pects and 20,901 charges be­ing laid.

A to­tal of 2,009 child vic­tims – in On­tario and around the world – have also been iden­ti­fied over the past dozen years.

STEVEN WAR­BUR­TON PHOTO

NORTH STOR­MONT COUN­CIL: North Stor­mont Town­ship swore in its new coun­cil last week. Seated in front are the new Deputy-Mayor François Landry and new Mayor Jim Wert. Stand­ing be­hind them are Coun­cil­lors Randy Dou­glas, Steve Den­sham, and Rox­ane Villeneuve.

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