Cornwall man faces child porn charges
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.
“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.
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