Police have arrested 122 people as part of a massive investigation
Police have arrested 122 people as part of a massive investigation into a pedophile network operating in Ontario, Canada.
The child abuse victims, some as young as three years old, were unable to “utter” a word in order for police to file an official report, according to Inspector Tina Chalk of the OPP counter exploitation section.
“The investigators of the Provincial Strategy and our partners work tirelessly in one of the most difficult jobs in policing to bring those who would harm our children to justice,” she stated.
“We know from experience that working together will allow us to most effectively combat the internet sexual exploitation of children.”
Following a number of search warrants, a total of 551 charges were made.
A total of 55 victims were identified during the investigations and referred to relevant community-based support for immediate assistance
17 guns, three of which were loaded, were seized by police.
The investigation was part of the Provincial Strategy to Protect Children from Sexual Abuse and Exploitation on the Internet, which is made up of two dozen police forces.
Up to now, 2,009 child victims have been identified in Ontario, Canada.
“It is our fundamental and moral responsibility to ensure every child grows up safe. On behalf of the OPP, I want to make this message very clear: We will not stand for anyone hurting our kids. We will do everything we can to reduce the threat child predators pose to our children,” said Deputy OPP Commissioner Rick Barnum of the OPP Investigation and Support Bureau.
Police referred to the massive bust as the “tip of the iceberg.”
According to The Brampton Guardian: John Abbott, 68, of Brampton, is charged with possession of child pornography, making available child pornography and accessing child pornography.
Ravinder Kainth, 42, of Brampton, is charged with luring a person under 16 to commit sexual assault, luring a person under 16 to commit make child pornography and luring a person under 16 to commit sexual interference.
A 69-year-old Brampton man, whose name isn’t being released for fear it will identify a victim, is charged with luring a person under 16
Three youths from Brampton, whose identities cannot be identified under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, are facing charges that include extortion, sexual assault and making child pornography.
Mississauga residents Steve Saunders, 56, Peter Bestvater, 60, Jahmar Gayle, 25, and Andrzej Szulowski, 58, are facing child pornography charges.