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Man, 33, accused of sexually assaulting 2 girls
Toronto police have charged Orfan Azizi, 33, of Toronto, with two counts of sexual assault and two counts
of sexual interference. TORONTO POLICE SERVICE
A 33-year-old Toronto man is accused of sexually assaulting two girls.
said a 12-year-old girl was at her home in the Midland Avenue and Lawrence Avenue East area on a day between May and June
when she was approached by a man who started talking to her and asked her a hug.
However, before she could respond,
the man allegedly sexually assaulted her.
Investigators also said another girl, 15, who was in the Midland and Eglinton
Avenue East area on June 19, faced a similar situation and was allegedly sexually assaulted by the same suspect.
Azizi was arrested and charged with two counts of sexual assault and two counts of sexual interference on Friday. He appeared
in court on Saturday.
Police believe there may be more victims.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police
at (416) 808-4100, Crime Stoppers anonymously at (416) 222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637).
re-arrested after child exploitation investigation leads to new charge
Matthew Elms, 39, is pictured above in this photo released by Toronto Police.
Codi Wilson, CP24.com
Published Monday, July 7, 2014 3:05PM
Last Updated Monday, July 7, 2014 3:06PM EDT
Scarborough teacher is facing a new charge Monday after allegedly entering into a sexual relationship with at least two female
students under the age of 18.
Toronto Police say a teacher at Bendale Business and Technical Institute was originally
charged with sexual exploitation on June 13 for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a female student.
was subsequently released on bail with the conditions that he refrain from being in a position of trust or authority to anyone
But on Monday, the suspect was arrested once again by police for allegedly engaging in another sexual relationship
with a female minor, police say.
Authorities did not say when the reported transgression took place but indicated that
they had received new information after news of his first arrest made headlines.
Investigators say the suspect has been
a teacher with the Toronto District School Board since 2000 and has also taught at Martingrove Collegiate Institute. Police
believe there could be more victims and are asking anyone with information to contact police at 416-808-2922 or Crime Stoppers
anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).
Matthew Elms, 39, of Toronto, faces two counts of sexual exploitation.
Read more: http://www.cp24.com/news/teacher-re-arrested-after-child-exploitation-investigation-leads-to-new-charge-1.1902767#ixzz36sw7XxV3
Hamilton man charged in connection with alleged
sexual assault on boy
The Canadian Press
Thursday, June 19, 2014 3:23PM EDT
HAMILTON, Ont. -- A Hamilton man is facing
several charges following the alleged sexual assault of a boy in an apartment in the city.
Police say an 11-year-old
boy and a 15-year-old boy were approached by a man in Beasley Park on Wednesday.
It's alleged the man befriended the
boys and took them back to his downtown apartment where he sexually assaulted one of them.
Hamilton police were notified
and investigators with the child abuse branch arrested a man on Wednesday.
Michael McLellan, 49, is charged with sexual
assault, sexual interference, invitation to sexual touching and four counts of breach of probation.
Read more: http://www.cp24.com/news/hamilton-man-charged-in-connection-with-alleged-sexual-assault-on-boy-1.1877087#ixzz357wrbTfg
Oakville cheerleading coach charged with sexual assault
A Halton Regional Police cruiser is pictured. (CP24/David Ritchie)
Codi Wilson, CP24.com
Published Wednesday, June 18, 2014 9:42AM EDT
Updated Wednesday, June 18, 2014 9:43AM EDT
Halton police have charged an Oakville
cheerleading coach with sexual assault after allegedly engaging in an inappropriate sexual relationship with a 16-year-old
Police say on June 15, a female member of the Cheerforce Wolfpack contacted Halton Regional Police about incidents
that occurred at the team’s training centre.
As a result of a sexual assault investigation, the suspect, 25-year-old
Jonathan O’Brien, of Grimsby, is charged with sexual assault and sexual exploitation.
Police say the man was located
and arrested without incident on June 17 and was released after his first court appearance on Tuesday.
Anyone with information
regarding this investigation is asked to contact Det. Chris Newcombe of the Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Bureau at 905 825-4747
Read more: http://www.cp24.com/news/oakville-cheerleading-coach-charged-with-sexual-assault-1.1874430#ixzz355xmC67s
File photo of a Toronto Police cruiser. CITYNEWS.
Collegiate teacher accused of child luring, sexual exploitation
Showwei ChuJun 16, 2014 04:51:23 PM
A teacher at Wexford
Collegiate School for the Arts in Toronto is accused of sexually exploiting and luring a female student.
Ryan Bird said in an email that Adam Coysh has been “sent home” without pay pending the outcome of the court case.
29, of Markham, has been charged with sexual exploitation and child luring involving a student who is under the age of 18.
Monday, the school board sent a letter home to parents informing them of Coysh’s charges, and that school staff were
co-operating with police in its investigation.
A meeting has been scheduled for parents in the school on Pharmacy Avenue,
north of Lawrence Avenue East, at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.
Police believe there may be more victims.
Coysh is scheduled
to appear in court on July 24.
Codi Wilson, CP24.com
Published Monday, June 16, 2014 4:34PM EDT
Last Updated Monday, June
16, 2014 9:33PM EDT
A teacher at a Scarborough high school has been charged in connection
with a sexual exploitation investigation involving a female student.
Toronto police allege the man, who teaches at Wexford
Collegiate School for the Arts, located at 1176 Pharmacy Ave., sexually exploited and lured a female under the age of 18.
resident Adam Coysh, 29, has been charged with sexual exploitation and child luring. He is scheduled to appear in court at
1911 Eglinton Ave. E. on Thursday, July 24
Police believe there may be more victims and ask anyone with information
to call 416-808-4100 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-8477
Matthew Elms, 39, of Toronto. Toronto Police.
TDSB teacher charged with sexual exploitation
Staff Jun 13, 2014 04:56:42 PM
A long-time Toronto
District School Board teacher has been charged after police allege he was involved in a sexual relationship with a student
under the age of 18.
Matthew Elms, 39, of Toronto, is facing a single charge of sexual exploitation after he was arrested
He’s a teacher at Bendale Business and Technical Institute at 1555 Midland Ave. and has worked for
the school board since 2000.
He also taught at Martingrove Collegiate Institute at 50 Winterton Dr.
there may be more victims.
Elms was released on bail and will be back in court next Friday.
His bail conditions
include not being in a position of trust or authority to anyone under 18.
The principal at Bendale Business and Technical
Institute, Wendy Blain, issued a letter to parents acknowledging the arrest. She said school staff is co-operating with police,
and added that Elm was suspended.
“The safety of our students is a top priority,” she wrote.
with parents has been scheduled for Thursday at the school.
Robert Dunford, 49, of Toronto was arrested on Wednesday.
Youth coach charged with sexually
assaulting 2 children, aged 3 & 4
Toronto police have charged a youth sports coach and Toronto District School Board (TDSB)
volunteer with sexually assaulting two children, aged 3 and 4, and they believe there may be more victims.
49, of Toronto was arrested on Wednesday.
Police allege he sexually assaulted a three-year-old girl in 2007, and a four-year-old
boy in 2013, and that he was trusted by the alleged victims’ families.
“He volunteers heavily in the community
in the west end of the city. He coaches soccer and hockey with children and he has great access to lots of children,”
Const. David Hopkinson said.
The TDSB confirmed he has volunteered at the Karen Kain School of the Arts at 60 Berl Avenue
near Royal York Road and The Queensway for the past two school years.
“I’m very surprised and scared,”
said one mother of a child at the school. “I have a six-year-old and that would definitely put some fear (into us).”
say he has also been affiliated with the following programs:
- YMCA Camp Wanakita – 1883 Koshlong Lake Road
Giles Kingsway Presbyterian Church – 15 Lambeth Road
- St. John’s Anglican Church – 288 Humberside
- Humberside Pool – 280 Quebec Street
Dunford has been released on bail. His conditions include
not being in the presence of anyone under the age of 16 unless supervised by an adult
is collecting donations. (2)
May 19, 2014
Greene is facing several charges including abduction, aggravated sexual assault, sexual
interference and threatening death.
charged in 1980s sexual assaults of boy, woman
Chester Harper, 55, was arrested in Toronto on April 29, 2014 and charged with six counts of sexual assault and buggery
for incidents dating back to the 1980s. HANDOUT/Toronto Police Service
man charged in 1980s sexual assaults of boy, woman
Toronto Staff May 1, 2014 12:58:35 PM
Police have charged a 55-year-old Toronto
man in a sexual assault case dating back more than two decades.
It’s alleged the man sexually assaulted a young
boy he was babysitting between 1986 and 1989 and also sexually assaulted a woman between 1988 and 1989.
Chester Harper, 55, on Tuesday and charged him with buggery and six counts of sexual assault.
They believe there may
be more victims who would have been in his care from the 1980s to the mid-1990s.
Harper is due in the College Park Courts
on Friday morning.
Cristos Mintsoulis, 81, of Toronto, faces four sexual assault related charges. TORONTO POLICE SERVICE.
Toronto man, 81, charged in sex assault investigation
Staff May 13, 2014 08:38:18 AM
man is facing several sex assault related charges.
Toronto police said a young girl was sexually assaulted in the Midland
Avenue and Huntingwood Drive area on May 8.
Cristos Mintsoulis, of Toronto, was arrested on that same day.
facing four charges: sexual assault, sexual exploitation, sexual interference and invitation to sexual touching.
believe there may be more victims.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-4200, Crime Stoppers
anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637).
Read more: http://www.cp24.com/news/four-males-charged-in-sexual-assault-of-young-girl-1.1792470#ixzz2zwSeJpFV
4 accused of sexually abusing young girl
Erin Criger and Marcia Chen Apr 25, 2014 08:17:46 AM
have revealed the names and photos of two adult brothers accused of sexually abusing a young girl because they fear there
could be more victims — especially since one of them may have been a babysitter.
Investigators said Friday the
girl was sexually assaulted several times between December 2010 and September 2012, in the east end of Scarborough, when she
was four and five years old. She is now seven.
It’s alleged the two men and two boys — all familiar to the
girl and known to police — are responsible for the abuse. The two men are accused of assaulting the girl at the same
Police said one of the brothers, 43-year-old Raymond Savoie, may have babysat other children at his Scarborough
home and are asking parents to come forward if their kids were in his care.
“These potential victims could be
very young and don’t know how to speak out for themselves. They may not know that there’s anything wrong. They
might not know that this is a bad thing.” Det. Const. Krystal Mosher said at a news conference.
really like a call from parents or people who know that these kids [interacted with Raymond Savoie] so that we can speak to
the children ourselves and determine whether or not there has been any harm.”
The suspects were all arrested on
April 10 after a four-month investigation.
Raymond Savoie and Michel (Michael) Savoie, 40, were charged with gang sexual
assault, sexual assault and sexual interference. Both were released on bail on Tuesday and are due in court on June 3.
two boys, now 18 and 17, were charged with one count each of sexual assault and sexual interference. They have been free on
bail since April 11 and will appear in court on May 25.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at (416) 808-2922
or Crime Stoppers anonymously at (416) 222-TIPS (8477).
EXCLUSIVE: Stuckless pleading guilty to 103 charges next week, lawyer says
Convicted Maple Leaf Gardens child molester Gordon Stuckless
is planning to plead guilty to 103 new charges next week, his lawyer tells CityNews.
Stuckless, 64, is facing a total
of 108 charges related to 18 victims who came forward in 2013. Fifteen victims won’t be going to trial as Stuckless
is pleading guilty to charges that relate to them.
“To his credit he is coming forward and he is sparing a significant
number of people the stress and the angst of coming to court and testifying,” defence lawyer Ari Goldkind told CityNews.
other victims are going to trial. Stuckless plans to plead not guilty to five charges since they don’t fit his modus
operandi, Goldkind explained.
In 1997, Stuckless was convicted for sexual assaults on 24 boys while he was an usher
at Maple Leaf Gardens between 1969 and 1988.
Goldkind says Stuckless has been undergoing chemical castration since 2001.
the day he got out he was adamant that he would never touch or harm another young man again,” Goldkind said.
new charges stem from alleged offences from decades ago — against boys who only recently came forward with allegations.
is scheduled to be in court at Old City Hall on April 22.
Undercover operation leads
to sexual exploitation charge against York man
Tamara Cherry, CTV Toronto
Published Wednesday, April 16, 2014 5:28PM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, April
16, 2014 6:43PM EDT
In the corner of an East Gwillimbury cul-de-sac lived a convicted
sex offender who police now allege has been back to his old tricks.
Frank Cunningham, 33, was arrested by York Regional
Police after allegedly trying to meet up with a single mother, intent on sexually assaulting her two children.
did Cunningham know, police say, the single mother was an undercover police officer. Cunningham was arrested during a sting
April 8. He was scheduled for a bail hearing in a Newmarket courtroom on April 17.
Court records show Cunningham
was convicted of assault and sexual assault in 2004. He was sentenced to four months in jail, put on probation for two years,
handed a weapons restriction and placed under an order to stay away from children, including that he not use computers to
communicate with kids.
The following year, in 2005, Cunningham was convicted of luring a child and two counts of failing
to comply with probation. He was sentenced to 18 months in jail, three years' probation, and was placed on the sex offender
registry for 99 years.
Cunningham's latest run-in with police began in 2013 when officers working out of the York Regional
Police Internet Child Exploitation Section were tipped off about some unusual online ads.
According to a police source,
one seemingly innocuous personal ad stated that a 33-year-old man was seeking a single mother in the Newmarket area.
still think starting slow on more of a friendship base is good. That way there is no pressure and you can be yourself. And
that way if there is no spark, so to speak, then maybe a good friendship is still made," the Craigslist ad, posted March
20, 2014, states.
It later adds: "...please do put the age of your kid/kids for subject or at least something that
will make me not think your (sic) a bot or chances are i will delete..."
Investigators allege they found several
other online ads, some of which were sexually explicit in nature.
"The ads that this person posted online date
back to 2012," Sgt. Clint Whitney said in an interview Wednesday. "The vast amount of online activities that he's
had, the relatively benign appearance of some of his ads would certainly encourage people to contact him."
allege Cunningham used the following email addresses:
who's had contact with Frank Cunningham should give us a call and let us know the nature of that contact and give us the information
we're looking for," Whitney said. "We're very concerned there may be living victims outside of the online undercover
investigation that took place."
Police believe Cunningham may have been looking to develop relationships with single
parents who would willingly allow him to sexually assault their children, but at this point, they have found no evidence that
children have been sexually assaulted.
They did, however, allegedly find child pornography while searching his Morgans
Road home in East Gwillimbury, located about an hour’s north of Toronto, and seized several computers that are now being
searched by investigators.
Cunningham was charged with arranging to commit a sexual assault, arranging to commit sexual
exploitation, possession of child pornography, accessing child pornography, and two counts of making sexually explicit material
available to a person under 16.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact police at 1-866-876-5423
ext. 7078. Anonymous tips can be left through Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-8477, visiting 1800222tips.com, or texting
YORK and your tip to CRIMES (274637).
Read more: http://toronto.ctvnews.ca/undercover-operation-leads-to-sexual-exploitation-charge-against-york-man-1.1779275#ixzz2z5nrQomp
Toronto education assistant charged with sexual exploitation
Angelo Pisciottano, 46, charged in connection with a sexual exploitation investigation. TORONTO POLICE SERVICE
education assistant at a Toronto Catholic school has been charged in a sexual exploitation investigation, and police believe
there could be more victims.
Police say a female student at Dante Alighieri Academy, located at Lawrence Avenue West
and Dufferin Street, was exploited on the Internet between June of 2012 and March 2014.
Angelo Pisciottano, 46, of Toronto,
is charged with sexual exploitation of a person with a disability.
He was arrested on Wednesday and is scheduled to
appear in court on Thursday.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-1300, Crime Stoppers anonymously
at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637).
Peterborough minor hockey volunteer sentenced on child porn offences
James Brunton, 65, of Peterborough. Toronto Police.
A prominent figure in Peterborough’s minor
and junior hockey community was sentenced to 15 months in prison and three years of probation for possessing, making and distributing
But with time served in pre-trial custody, James Brunton was released on Tuesday.
Brunton, 65, pleaded
guilty to three counts each of possessing and making child porn as well as one count of distributing child porn.
counts of possession and making child porn involved short video clips of eight male youths who were underage at the time (May
1, 2003 and Feb. 27, 2004), judge Peter Harris said Tuesday.
The videos were taken in a locker room/shower area while
members of the Peterborough Bees Hockey team were undressing and showering. The players appear to be in their mid-to-late
teens and were unaware they were being filmed.
The other counts of possessing, making and distributing child porn relate
to a male youth who lives in the United States and was underage from Aug. 10, 2009, to Oct. 18, 2012.
Brunton and the
youth communicated through a website that specializes in sexual and cannibalistic fantasies. Thirty of 87 photos were considered
child porn as well as three videos. Brunton paid the youth $3,528.62 for the porn over three years.
Brunton stood up and apologized to his wife and family but not his victims.
The judge said the damage Brunton did is
Read the judge’s sentencing decision below.
Man arranged online to sexually abuse child: police
Matthew Hawkins, 47, was arrested in Toronto on March 6, 2014 and charged with making an arrangement to commit
sexual assault. HANDOUT/TPS
Police have arrested a 47-year-old Toronto man they say sought to sexually abuse a child.
from the sex crimes unit raided a home near Bloor and Sherbourne streets on Thursday.
They arrested Matthew Hawkins
and charged him with making an arrangement to commit sexual assault. He was due to appear in court on Friday morning.
said he used the online profile names darkhawk181, jennyloves_38 and the email address firstname.lastname@example.org and there may
be more victims.
Anyone with information should call 416-808-8500 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).
Matthew Wilson, 31, was arrested on March 4, 2014 and charged with 19 offences in a child pornography case. HANDOUT/Toronto
Anonymous tip leads to child porn charges
Toronto Staff Mar 6, 2014 10:50:35 AM
Police have charged
a Toronto man and Markham woman with more than 20 offences combined in a child porn case which began with an anonymous tip.
a news conference on Thursday, Const. Janelle Blackadar said the probe grew out of information police learned last week and
culminated with the arrests, near Sherbourne and Wellesley streets, on Tuesday.
It’s alleged Matthew Wilson, 31,
and Sadia Waezzadah, 28, engaged a child in sexual activity and spoke online about the sexual abuse of children. Police haven’t
released Waezzadah’s photo.
In addition, Wilson reportedly exploited that child and another under the age of 16
when he met with them in person in Toronto and elsewhere in Ontario and talked with them online. Police said he also unknowingly
made a deal with an undercover officer to commit sexual interference on a child.
The offences took place sometime between
Jan. 1, 2011 and the raid on Tuesday.
“Children should be able to surf the internet free from sex exploitation
and sexual abuse,” Blackadar said.
“All of this availability of digital technology to children unfortunately
puts them at risk and makes them vulnerable to online predators.”
Wilson was charged with 19 offences, including
sexual assault, making, possessing and distributing child porn and luring a child under the age of 16. He is due in a College
Park courtroom on Monday morning.
Waezzadah is charged sexual assault, sexual interference and possessing child pornography.
Her court date is scheduled for Friday morning.
Police said there may be more victims and are asking anyone with information
to come forward.
Wayne Henry, 32, is charged with six sexual assault
related offences. TORONTO POLICE SERVICE
Early childhood educator
faces 6 sex offences
Toronto Staff Feb 18, 2014 11:00:41 AM
A 32-year-old early
childhood educator is accused of sexually assaulting a young girl.
Toronto police allege the assaults took place over
a six-year period between May 17, 2008, and Jan. 11.
Wayne Henry of Toronto was arrested on Friday and charged with
two counts of sexual assault, two counts of invitation to sexual touching and two counts of sexual interference.
has been released on bail.
Police say the accused has worked at various daycare centres in the GTA, volunteered at churches
as a youth worker, took part in mentoring programs and was a youth soccer coach.
Police are concerned there may be more
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at (416) 808-4200, Crime Stoppers anonymously at (416) 222-TIPS
(8477), online at www.222tips.com, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637).
A 64-year-old man faces nine charges in connection with sexually assaulting
a young girl over a three-year period, and police are warning that there may be more victims.
Paul Johnston, CP24.com
Published Wednesday, February 12,
2014 2:45PM EST
Last Updated Wednesday, February 12, 2014 8:30PM EST
64-year-old man faces nine charges in connection with sexually assaulting a young girl over a three-year period, and police
are warning that there may be more victims.
Police say that in 2006, a man befriended a woman with a young daughter.
2006 and 2009, police allege the man sexually assaulted the daughter multiple times, both in his home and in public places.
Tuesday, police arrested and charged a suspect in connection with the case.
Police believe there may be more victims,
and say that prior to living in Toronto, the suspect is believed to have lived in Cambridge and Burlington.
in Toronto, police say he frequented the Wellesley Street and Sherbourne Avenue area.
Toronto resident Patrick Fallon
is charged with four counts of sexual assault, four counts of sexual interference and one count of threatening sexual assault.
with information is asked to contact investigators at 416-808-2300 or Crime Stoppers at
Arrest made in child pornography investigation
Philip Cuttiford, 49, is facing four charges in a child pornography investigation. He was arrested on Feb.
6, 2014. TORONTO POLICE.
Toronto police have made an arrest in a child pornography investigation and officers
believe there may be more victims.
Police allege the accused both owned and accessed child sexual-abuse images, and
made those images available to others.
He also allegedly went online and made arrangements to sexually abuse a child
Cuttiford, 49, of Toronto, was arrested on Feb. 6. He has been charged with possession of child pornography, accessing child
pornography, make available child pornography, and make arrangement to commit sexual assault.
Cuttiford will appear
in court on Wednesday.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-8500, Crime Stoppers anonymously
at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637).
Former Toronto summer camp director faces child porn charges
A Toronto police cruiser shown in an undated file photo. CITYNEWS
A former summer camp director has been charged
in a child pornography investigation.
Chun Him “Louis” Wong, 25, was arrested on Feb. 7, and will appear
in court on Wednesday.
Toronto police said he worked as an after-school leader at Thorncliffe Park Public School and
Gateway Public School from September of 2008 to June of 2013. He also worked as a camp director at several summer camps in
the Greater Toronto Area.
The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) told 680News letters will be going home to parents
of children at those schools, even though the program was privately run and the man was never employed by the board.
is also affiliated with Moorelands Community Services as its database and website administrator.
Wong is accused of
posting images on social networking and image hosting sites.
He faces several charges including two counts of possessing
child pornography, two counts of accessing child pornography and two counts of making child pornography available.
with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-8500, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at
www.222tips.com, cybertip.ca, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637).
Hassan Steven Jarrar, 41, was arrested on Feb. 4, 2014. TORONTO POLICE.
high-risk offender charged with sex assault of girl, 14
Toronto Staff Feb 7, 2014 11:16:15 AM
Toronto police say a convicted sex offender described
as a high risk to re-offend used the Internet to lure a 14-year-old girl before he sexually assaulted her in a west-end hotel.
Steven Jarrar, 41, was arrested on Feb. 4 and charged with sexual assault, sexual interference, extortion, access to child
pornography, possession of child pornography, making child pornography, luring a child and failing to comply with his conditions.
had been released from prison in June 2012 after serving 15 years on numerous violent offences.
At the time, police
called Jarrar a high risk to re-offend and released a community safety bulletin warning the public he was now free.
Friday, Insp. Joanna Beaven-Desjardins said Jarrar breached his curfew and first made contact with the girl on Jan. 1. The
sexual assault occurred on Feb. 1 and Feb. 2, police allege.
“It is alleged the male extorted the young girl into
meeting him in person,” Beaven-Desjardins said.
He then allegedly sexually assaulted her at a hotel near The Queensway
and Royal York Road.
Police believe there may have been other cases where Jarrar used the Internet to lure young women
and are asking people to come forward. Beaven-Desjardins is also asking parents to educate themselves and their children about
“Sexual predators surf media looking for a victim they can abuse,” she said.
will misrepresent themselves and morph into what they believe the victim wants.”
Jarrar was convicted for a 1997
After a “vicious sexual assault,” Jarrar left that woman’s “near-lifeless body
in a remote area near Lake Ontario. She remained in hospital for several months,” Beaven-Desjardins said.
Man accused of trying to make arrangements to sexually abuse a child, Toronto police say
Jeffrey Marks is pictured in this photo provided by Toronto police. (Handout
Published Thursday, December 12, 2013 1:53PM EST
police say they have charged a 31-year-old man who is accused of going online and trying to make arrangements to sexually
abuse a child.
Police said a suspect was arrested Wednesday when detectives with the sex crimes unit’s child exploitation
section executed two search warrants near Eglinton Avenue East and Mount Pleasant Road.
Jeffrey Marks has been charged
with making an arrangement to commit sexual assault and two counts each of failing to comply with a recognizance and failing
to comply with probation, police announced Thursday.
Investigators believe there may be additional complainants and
they want to hear from anyone who was in contact with the man.
Police say the name Bob Bobbins and the email address
email@example.com was also used.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 416-808-8500 or Crime Stoppers
anonymously at 416-222-8477.
@ChrisKitching is on Twitter. For instant breaking news, follow @CP24 on Twitter.
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Toronto teacher among 350 arrested in child porn ring bust
A teacher from Cosburn Middle School in the east end
was one of almost 350 suspects rounded up in a massive international child porn ring allegedly based in Toronto.
Coulter, 43, has been charged with three counts each of possessing, accessing and making child porn.
on assignment and not in class since 2011, when he was charged with a similar offence.
More than 380 children around
the globe have been rescued as part of Project Spade, Toronto police said in a news conference on Thursday.
the videos were shot in Romania and Ukraine and distributed from Toronto to customers around the world.
ringleader, 42-year-old Brian Way, was arrested in May after allegedly having run the operation since 2005.
investigation revealed that this individual was running an exploitation movie production and distribution company from a Toronto
address,” Insp. Joanna Beaven-Desjardins of the sex crimes unit said.
AzovFilms.com allegedly sold films –
both over the mail and online – that were consistent with child pornography, Beaven-Desjardins said. During its years
of operation, the company took in $4 million.
Police say Way is the owner-operator of Azov Films.
began in October 2010, when undercover police made contact online with a Toronto man accused of sharing graphic images of
Toronto police worked with dozens of agencies, including the United States Postal Inspection Service, in
On May 1, 2011, police executed search warrants around Toronto, one of which was at Azov Films.
Police said the studio was located in the west end and 45 terabytes of video were seized.
Beaven-Desjardins said the
pornography allegedly found at his home “detailed horrific sexual acts against very young children, some of the worst
that [officers] had ever viewed. “
Way faces 24 charges, including instructing a criminal organization. It’s
the first time in Canada this charge has been laid in relation to a child exploitation investigation.
Of the people
arrested, 50 are from Ontario and another 58 are from other parts of Canada. Police say school teachers, doctors, volunteers,
pastors and priests were among those arrested. Police say 76 were arrested in the United States and 164 internationally. The
investigation is ongoing and there will be further arrests, Beaven-Desjardins said.
women, 1 man facing slew of sex-related charges against children
An OPP cruiser is shown in an undated file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Dave Chidley
Orillia woman charged in connection with a number of offences involving sex-related charges against children – and involving
animals – has been placed in protective custody, the Toronto Sun reports.
Kathryn Thompson made a brief appearance
by video in Barrie court Wednesday. She is charged along with 20-year-old Avery Taylor and 22-year-old Shayne Lund.
Sun says Lund is facing 110 counts including counselling and conspiring to kidnap a child, making and selling child pornography,
invitation to sexual touching, voyeurism, sexual assault and bestiality.
The women are each facing 16 similar charges.
are reports that five alleged child victims have been identified between the ages of two and 10.
The charges are so
disturbing that the Crown has given notice that it will be seeking dangerous offender sentences.
Math tutor arrested after alleged sexual assault
Dongki Kim, 55, has been charged in connection with a sexual assault investigation, Oct. 24, 2013. TORONTO
Toronto police have arrested a 55-year-old math tutor in connection with an alleged sexual assault against
It is alleged that Dongki Kim of Thornhill, a tutor at Math Four You on Upper Yonge Street, was tutoring a
13-year-old girl when she was sexually assaulted.
Kim was arrested and charged Friday with sexual assault and sexual
Police believe there may be other victims and are asking anyone with information to contact them.
Toronto man arrested after young child sexually assaulted in Scarborough
Donald Mosher, 54. TORONTO POLICE.
A Toronto man faces nearly 10 charges in connection with an alleged sexual assault of
a young child in Scarborough.
Toronto Police allege that the victim – now 7-years-old – was sexually assaulted
in a home in the Midland Avenue and Kingston Road area between Sept. 2011 and Aug. 2013.
Donald Mosher, 54, was arrested
last week and now faces three counts of sexual assault, sexual interference and invitation to sexual touching. He appeared
in court on Saturday.
Police believe there may be more victims and are asking anyone with information to contact officers
at 416-808-4100 or crimestoppers.
Photographer accused of sexually assaulting teen girl
File photo of a Toronto police cruiser. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg
A Toronto man is accused of sexually assaulting
a teenage girl after allegedly offering to take modeling photographs of her.
Toronto police allege the suspect approached
the 16-year-old near Finch Avenue West and Sentinel Road on Oct. 2.
Sometime between Oct. 2 and Oct. 10, police say
the girl was sexually assaulted in four separate incidents at the suspect’s studio in the Finch Avenue West and Keele
Police arrested Alton Matherson, 48, on Friday. He is charged with four counts of sexual assault, four
counts of sexual exploitation, making child pornography
and possession of child pornography.
Police say the Matherson
operates a photography business under two names: On the spot Talent and Matherson Photography.
Police believe there
may be more victims.
Matherson is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.
Ajax man faces child pornography charges
680News staff Oct 3, 2013 04:33:04 PM
– An Ajax man faces several child-pornography charges following a two-week probe by Durham and Toronto police.
executed a search warrant at a Woodhouse Crescent residence and arrested a 23-year-old man without incident.
is charged with possession of child pornography, accessing child pornography and two counts of making child pornography available.
accused is being held for a bail hearing.
Toronto man accused of internet child luring
680 News staff Oct 3, 2013 08:37:42 PM
are investigating a Toronto man who is accused of internet child luring involving a 10-year old girl.
The suspect allegedly
contacted the victim on several occasions via Youtube, Gmail and Facebook, between July and October, 2013.
Joshua Hardaker is accused of engaging in sexual conversations with the victim and sending sexually explicit videos of himself
to the girl.
Police said they may be other victims and that Hardaker used the online pseudonym “Christoper Deacon.”
David Tomas, 55, is accused of sexually assaulting a child.
Mississauga man accused of sexually assaulting child
680News staff Oct 4,
2013 07:28:31 PM
– A children’s fitness instructor in Mississauga is charged with sexual assault, Toronto police say.
allege 55-year-old David Tomas, who is self-employed at his company Fun Fit Kids Inc., sexually assaulted a child twice between
July 20 and Sept. 2.
Tomas is charged with two counts each of sexual assault, sexual interference and sexual exploitation.
was arrested and appeared in court Friday.
Police believe there may be other victims.
Former softball and hockey coach charged with sexual assault
680News staff Sep 9, 2013 09:45:27 Pm
TORONTO, Ont. – Toronto
police have charged a former softball and hockey coach in connection with a sexual assault investigation involving children.
Johnson, 64, is charged with four counts each of sexual assault and sexual interference, and one count of invitation to sexual
Police believe there may be more victims. Anyone with any information is being asked to call investigators
or Crime Stoppers.
A Toronto police cruiser.
Toronto police officer
faces child pornography charges
680News staff Sep 10, 2013 01:30:14 PM
– A Toronto police officer is facing several child pornography-related charges following a two-month probe, Toronto
police confirm to 680News.
An investigation began in July and police executed a search warrant at a Mississauga residence
on Thursday and arrested the accused, according to a Peel Regional Police release.
The arrest comes after information
received from Toronto police’s child exploitation section, police say.
Police allege the 44-year-old man was using
his computer to possess child pornography.
Dariusz Kisielewski is charged with possession of child pornography, making
child pornography and three counts of voyeurism. He will be in court Wednesday for a bail hearing.
Const. Wendy Drummond
confirmed to 680News that Kisielewski is a 22 Division Toronto officer and that he has been suspended with pay pending the
outcome of the case.
A York Regional Police cruiser is shown in an undated
Personal trainer accused of
sexually assaulting 2 teens
CityNews staff Aug 27, 2013 08:44:41 PM
personal trainer is accused of sexually assaulting two teenage girls who were clients of his.
York regional police said
the alleged offences on two girls, aged 13 and 15, took place in Richmond Hill earlier this month.
“It is alleged
the man had been sending the victims text messages of a sexually-suggestive nature and that he touched the victims in a sexual
manner during training sessions,” York police said in a release Tuesday.
Sammy Freedman, 63, of Toronto, surrendered
on Tuesday and is facing two charges each of sexual assault and sexual interference.
Police believe there may be more
Freedman trained the victims at Fitness Connections located at 354 Newkirk Rd. in Richmond Hill, but was not
employed by the gym.
UofT prof facing child porn ceases ‘all university activities’
Benjamin Levin, 61, a University of Toronto professor who was a member of Premier Kathleen Wynne's transition
team, is facing child pornography charges. TORONTO POLICE.
The University of Toronto says a professor facing several child porn charges has ceased all
The university issued a brief statement last week saying charges were laid against Benjamin Levin,
a professor at its Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.
Levin, 61, was also a member of Premier Kathleen Wynne’s
transition team and deputy education minister in former premier Dalton McGuinty’s government from late 2004 to early
“The charges against Professor Levin are extremely serious. The University understands that an individual
is innocent until proven guilty,” the school’s July 17 statement said. “In this case the gravity of the
charges in relation to the mission of OISE is such that Professor Levin has ceased all University activities at this time.”
July 8, Levin was charged with making child porn, counselling to commit an indictable offence, arrangement of a sexual offence
against a child under 16 and two counts of distributing child pornography. He was charged with two additional offences of
possessing and accessing child porn during a bail hearing two days later.
Levin, who also served as Manitoba’s
deputy education minister between 1999 and 2002, was granted bail with condition that he not possess a passport, live with
his wife – provided she agrees to it, have limited Internet access and no contact with children.
lawyer, Clayton Ruby, said his client plans to “vigorously” fight the allegations against him.
Artelino Vallada, a pastor at Jesus Christ The Open Door Church, is accused of sexual assault. TORONTO POLICE.
More sex assault charges for west-end pastor
staff Jul 20, 2013 11:47:28 Am
Toronto police have laid more sex assault charges against a
west-end pastor and officers believe more victims may still come forward.
Artelino Vallada, a pastor at Jesus Christ
The Open Door Church near Black Creek and Trethewey drives, is accused of molesting girls and women from age 14 to 21.
was first arrested in March.
Vallada now faces six counts of sexual assault and two counts each of sexual interference
and invitation to sexual touching.
The charges relate to alleged incidents in the city between November 2010 and January
Vallada appeared in court Friday.
Police make arrest in historic sex assault case
Maurice Fairweather, 49, of Toronto, is seen in this photograph provided by Toronto police
Paul Johnston, CP24.com
Published Friday, July 19, 2013 9:40PM
Last Updated Friday, July 19, 2013 9:48PM EDT
police have arrested a suspect in connection with a historic sexual assault investigation.
Police say that between January
1987 and December 1997, a young boy was sexually assaulted on several occasions in Toronto.
On Monday, a suspect was
arrested in connection with the case.
The suspect, identified by police as 49-year-old Maurice Fairweather, is charged
with two counts of sexual assault, sexual exploitation, sexual interference and gross indecency.
Police say Fairweather
has been a youth volunteer and worked at a group home for teenagers.
Police believe there may be more victims.
with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-4205 or Crime Stoppers at 416-222-TIPS (8477).
Read more: http://www.cp24.com/news/police-make-arrest-in-historic-sex-assault-case-1.1375600#ixzz2ZaANtvAJ
Benjamin Levin, 61, of Toronto faces five child-porn
charges, Toronto police say. He was a member of Premier Kathleen Wynne's transition team and was a deputy education minister
under former premier Dalton McGuinty
of Wynne’s transition team faces new child porn charges
Irene PrekletJul 10, 2013 01:3155 Member of Ontario premier’s transition team faces child porn charges
A U of T professor who was a member of Ontario
Premier Kathleen Wynne’s transition team faces two new child porn charges.
Benjamin Levin, 61, was charged with
two counts of possessing and accessing child porn during a court appearance on Wednesday.
He was already accused of
making child porn, counselling to commit an indictable offence, arrangement of a sexual offence against a child under 16 and
two counts of distributing child pornography.
Levin, was a well-respected educator, U of T professor and political bureaucrat.
Toronto police constable Wendy Drummond said Levin was arrested after an online multi-jurisdictional child exploitation
“He’s been charged with two counts of distributing child pornography, making child pornography,
counsel to commit an indictable offence and the fourth charge was agreement or arrangement for sexual offence against a child
under the age of 16,” Drummond explained.
Toronto police said they were helped in the investigation by police
in New Zealand.
Levin also served in the past as Ontario’s deputy education minister.
Former member of Wynne's team charged with child porn
Sandie Benitah, CP24.com
Published Monday, July 8, 2013 11:43AM EDT
Last Updated Monday, July
8, 2013 11:51AM EDT
A member of the premier’s transition team was charged Monday
with distributing and making child pornography.
The 61-year-old suspect was arrested after investigators executed a
search warrant inside a home in the Lawrence Avenue West and Avenue Road area.
Premier Kathleen Wynne’s press
secretary confirmed the man once worked on the transition advisory team but refused to say anything else about the suspect.
would be inappropriate to comment on matters that are under police investigation or where charges have been laid and any questions
regarding police investigation or the laying of charges should be referred to the police.” Zita Astravas said in an
email to CP24.
Toronto police say their investigation was multi-jurisdictional and included assistance from police in
both London, England and New Zealand.
Police also say the investigation is ongoing.
In the meantime, the suspect
is expected to appear in court Monday afternoon.
Benjamin Levin has been charged with:
• Two counts of distributing
• Making child pornography
• Counselling to commit an indictable ofence
Agreement or arrangement-sexual offence against a child under 16 years of age
Read more: http://www.cp24.com/news/former-member-of-wynne-s-team-charged-with-child-porn-1.1357947#ixzz2YU7IeTZ1
Munir Ahmad, 71, charged in sexual-assault investigation
Toronto man facing 14 sex assault charges
Jul 5, 2013 10:26:21 AM
have charged a 71-year-old Toronto man with 14 offences in a sexual assault investigation.
It’s alleged the man
made a pornographic video available to a young girl to watch in his apartment. After watching, the man allegedly sexually
assaulted the girl.
Munir Ahmad faces 14 charges, including three counts of sexual assault, sexual interference and
three counts of making sexually explicit material available to a child.
Police believe there may be more victims.
John Haylock Jr., 22, is charged with six counts of
22, charged with luring
680News staff and The Canadian Press Jul 4, 2013 10:57:57 AM
Whitby man has been charged with luring following a two-month undercover investigation by the Durham police Internet child
Police said officers posed as a 14-year-old girl and arranged to meet the suspect in Oshawa, where
he was arrested.
John Haylock Jr., 22, is charged with six counts of luring.
Investigators said they also seized
eight computers and several storage devices from his home in Whitby.
Police said the accused has been contacting young
females in Durham Region.
Investigators also allege he has several profiles on social media, under the screen names
Jr Ryder, John Racer, and Jr Racer.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Durham police at 1-888-579-1520 (ext.
5363), anonymously to Crime
Forest Hill Collegiate gym teacher Christopher Parkin, 40, faces numerous charges dating back to 2011.
High school teacher charged with child luring
680News staff Jun 24, 2013 10:33:05 PM
Ont. – Police have laid new charges against a teacher from Forest Hill Collegiate, already charged with sexual assault,
following an additional victim coming forward.
Christopher Parkin, 40, already under arrest for incidents which allegedly
took place in April and back in 2011, is now charged with luring a child, invitation to sexual touching and sexual interference.
say the female victim, a student, came forward following Parkin’s initial arrest, alleging the incidents took place
during the 2012 school year.
Thestar.com reports provincial records show Parkin has been a registered teacher
in Ontario since 1997. He has been teaching gym at Forest Hill Collegiate, and has also earned qualifications to teach students
with learning disabilities.
Parkin made a court appearance to face the new charges Monday morning.
there may be additional victims, and are asking anyone with information to contact police at 416-808-1300, Crime Stoppers
anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637), or Leave A Tip
Gordon Stuckless was charged
in connection with a historical sexual assault investigation on March 22, 2013. TORONTO POLICE.
Sex offender Gordon Stuckless faces 11 new charges
Shawne McKeownApr 23, 2013 05:08:30 PM
man convicted of sexually assaulting boys while he worked at Maple Leaf Gardens now faces 11 new charges.
said these latest cases involve boys 8 to 12 years of age, allegedly assaulted in the late 1960s to the late 1970s, while
Stuckless was a teacher and volunteered at local sports clubs.
Police say there may be more
The 64 year old will appear in court on Friday.
was convicted in 1997 for sexually assaulting 24 boys while he was an usher at Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens between
1969 and 1988.
Jason Thompson, 48, is charged with sexual assault. TORONTO POLICE.
man accused of sexually assaulting boy, 11
Erin CrigerApr 24, 2013 07:21:46 AM
police have charged a Peterborough man with sexually assaulting an 11-year-old boy over the weekend and they believe there
may be more victims.
Officers say the accused was on a chartered bus after a sporting event on Saturday when he sat
down beside the boy. He then assaulted the child.
Jason Thompson, 48, was charged with sexual assault, sexual interference
and possession of marijuana.
He was expected in court at Old City Hall on Wednesday morning.
Toronto swim teacher charged with sexually assaulting teen employee
Peter Thimio, 33, of Toronto
Toronto police have charged a swimming teacher after he allegedly sexually assaulted
a 15-year-old female employee.
Police allege Peter Thimio, 33, of Toronto, assaulted the teen several times between
July 2010 and July 2011, while working as an instructor with Big Pete’s Swimming School. According to the swim school’s
website, the suspect has been an instructor for 13 years.
The school has locations in North York, and Etobicoke.
was arrested on Thursday and charged with sexual interference, invitation to sexual touching, sexual assault, and sexual exploitation.
believe there may be more victims.
He’s scheduled to appear in court on May 13, 2013.
Gordon Stuckless was charged in connection with a historical sexual assault investigation on March 22, 2013. TORONTO POLICE.
Sex offender Gordon Stuckless faces new charges
Shawne McKeownMar 27, 2013 01:17pm
offender Gordon Stuckless has been arrested yet again on new charges.
York regional police say Stuckless was taken into
custody this morning.
Among the charges against him, five counts of sexual assault and four count of gross indecency.
alleged assaults happened between 1982 and 85 while stuckless was a teaching assistant at a school in Richmond Hill.
Friday, Toronto Police arrested Stuckless and laid 15 fresh charges against him related to allegations from five men who claimed
they were abused in the 60s and 70s.
The Toronto Sun reports he was arrested for alleged sexual assaults on
boys dating back to 1981.
Stuckless was convicted in 1997 for sexually assaulting 24 boys while he was an usher at Toronto’s
Maple Leaf Gardens between 1969 and 1988.
He was arrested by Toronto police last month after two men came forward with
allegations of sexual abuse dating back to the 1970s. The men were 11 and 13 at the time.
On Friday, Toronto police
announced he’d been arrested again and faced additional charges after five more men came forward with similar allegations
dating back to the 1960s and 70s.
Stuckless is facing more than 20 charges laid by Toronto police, including indecent
assault on a male, buggery and gross indecency.
After his arrest by Toronto police last Friday, Stuckless was released
from custody and is due in court at Old City Hall on May 3. York police chose to keep him behind bars.
Convicted sex offender Gordon Stuckless facing more charges
Gordon Stuckless covers his face as he leaves a police station in downtown Toronto on March 22, 2013. CITYNEWS/Tammie
Gordon Stuckless, the man convicted in the sexual
abuse scandal at Maple Leaf Gardens, is facing more charges, police announced on Friday.
Stuckless, 64, was convicted
in 1997 for sexually assaulting 24 boys while he was an usher at Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens between 1969 and 1988.
men have come forward to police in the past two months, leading to several charges against the convicted pedophile, who was
arrested on Friday.
“I can tell you we received and investigated more than that,” said Det.- Const. Roger
Villaflor. But those alleged offences happened in York Region and are being investigated by police there. Villaflor wouldn’t
disclose how many people from York came forward.
Last month, police charged Stuckless with six counts of indecent assault
of a male, assault and possession of a weapon after the first two men came forward with allegations of assaults dating back
to the 1970s. The men said they were abused when they were 11 and 13 years old.
On Friday, police said five more alleged
victims came forward since then and Stuckless is facing an additional 15 counts, including indecent assault of a male, gross
indecency and buggery. Police allege these assaults happened in the late 1960s and 1970s at Maple Leaf Gardens and other locations.
said Stuckless worked as a teacher and a volunteer at local community centres and sports clubs.
to reiterate that there’s no template, or perfect time frame for someone to come forward,” he said.
the passage of time, [the alleged victims] have grown, and are at a different stage in their lives and have come forward,
and feel more comfortable.”
“They want to see justice. I feel that they are seeking a sense of closure going
Stuckless was released from police custody after being charged. He’s due in court at Old City
Hall on May 3.
Kearsley Peters, 56, charged in sexual assault investigation
Police arrest Toronto man
in sexual assault case of 12-year-old boys
680News staff Mar 19, 2013 12:23:15 PM
Police have arrested a Toronto man accused of sexually assaulting two
boys for over a year and police fear there could be other victims.
Police said between September
2012 and March this year the man allegedly assaulted a 12-year-old boy at a home in the Markham Road and Sheppard area.
Police also allege between that time he assaulted another 12-year-old boy in the same home.
arrested Kearsley Peters, 56, earlier this month and charged him with sexual assault, exploitation and sexual interference.
Peters was a teacher at White Haven Junior Public School.
Police said there
could be more victims and are asking anyone with information to call them or
Toronto pastor Artelino Vallada, 36, charged in connection with a sexual assault investigation
Pastor of west-end church faces sex assault
680News staff Mar 15, 2013 10:21:00 AM
TORONTO – The pastor of a west-end church faces charges in connection with a sexual assault
Toronto police allege four women and girls were sexually assaulted between November 2010 and January
The females ranged in age from four to 21.
Artelino Vallada, 36, is pastor at Jesus Christ the Open Door
Church near Rogers Road and Caledonia.
He is facing numerous charges including sexual assault and sexual interference.
fear there may be more victims.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7474, Crime Stoppers
anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637).
Police have charged Cyril Gayola, 24, in connection to the sexual assault of a five-year-old girl at a home day care in
man in sex assault of toddler
680News staff Feb 27, 2013 04:36:48 PM
Police have charged a 24-year-old man in connection to the sexual assault of a five-year-old girl
at a home day care in Thornhill.
Investigators said the girl was assaulted on several occasions at the daycare on Green
Bush Road in the Steeles and Yonge area.
The man has been charged on three counts, including forcible confinement.
Gayola appeared in court on Tuesday.
Police believe there may be more victims.
York U football coach
charged in child-luring case
Daniel Younis is pictured in this photo provided by Toronto police. (Handout)
Chris Kitching, cp24.com
Published Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 8:39AM
Last Updated Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 5:43PM EST
24-year-old York University football coach is facing child luring and child porn-related charges, Toronto police say.
said charges were laid after a suspect became involved in cellphone and Internet chats with a 16-year-old boy between December
Using his cellphone, the victim sent images of himself to the accused, according to police.
believe there may be additional victims.
Daniel Younis is charged with luring a child under 18 and attempting to make
child pornography, police said Friday.
At the time of the arrest, Younis was the recruiting co-ordinator and running
backs coach for the York University Lions football team. He joined the team's coaching staff after the 2010 season.
a statement, York University said it has suspended its relationship with Younis, pending the outcome of the police investigation.
are extremely disturbed about this very serious allegation and are working closely with the TPS in support of their investigation,”
the university said. "Our first priority is to fully support students and prospective students, which includes ensuring
they have full access to qualified support services."
The university said Younis was a volunteer coach.
joining York University, Younis spent three seasons as an offensive line coach and in-season recruiting coach for the University
of Toronto’s football team.
According to a profile that was posted on the York University Lions’ website,
Younis once coached the offensive line for the Etobicoke Eagles, starting in 2007, before taking over as that team's offensive
co-ordinator in 2009.
He has previously served as the defensive co-ordinator for Team Canada, according to the profile.
anyone with information about the investigation is asked to call police at 416-808-8500 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS
@ChrisKitching is on Twitter. For instant breaking news, follow @CP24 on Twitter
Read more: http://www.cp24.com/news/york-u-football-coach-charged-in-child-luring-case-1.1167189#ixzz2Lih7oP1q
Former Toronto skating coach facing more charges in historic sexual assault
Sexual assault suspect and former skating coach Kevin Michael Hicks. TORONTO POLICE
A former figure
skating coach is facing more charges for alleged sexual assaults that happened in Toronto through the 1980s.
Kevin Michael Hicks, 53, was charged with assaulting a former skating student between 1983 and 1990. The student was 12 years
old when the assaults began, police said.
A second alleged victim has since come forward and police said more charges
were filed against Hicks on Tuesday. The alleged assaults continued for over a year, when the victim was 12 and 13 years old.
now facing a total of eight charges, including four counts of sexual assault, three counts of indecent assault on a male and
one count of buggery. He was scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday.
Police say Hicks is a former national-level figure
skater and former coach who taught at the Woodbine Winter Skating Club, the Weston Skating Club, the Windsor Skating Club
and the Burlington Skating Club.
Investigators believe there may be more victims.
Man faces three charges in child porn investigation
A Toronto police cruiser is pictured. (CP24/Tom Stefanac
Paul Johnston, cp24.com
Published Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 6:17PM
Police have charged a 43-year-old Toronto man in connection with a child
According to police, a search warrant was executed at a home on Feb. 12.
the suspect collected child pornography videos and images from the Internet.
The suspect, identified by police as Andrew
Logan, is charged with two counts of possession of child pornography and one count of accessing child pornography.
appeared in court on Tuesday.
Anyone with information is asked to contact investigators at 416-808-8500 or Crime Stoppers
at 416-222-TIPS (8477).
Read more: http://www.cp24.com/man-faces-three-charges-in-child-porn-investigation-1.1155774#ixzz2Ks8zPBjO
Gary Warren, 33, faces seven charges in child pornography
Man faces seven charges
in child pornography investigation
680News staff Feb 8, 2013 09:03:52 PM
Police Services Sex Crimes Unit, Child Exploitation Section, executed a search warrant on Feb. 6 at a home in the Finch Avenue
West and Martingrove Road area.
It is alleged that a Toronto man, Gary Warren, 33, was possessing, accessing, and making
available child pornography over the internet.
During the execution of the search warrant, it came to light the accused
was taking voyeuristic pictures of children between the ages of six and twelve.
The children in the photographs have
not been identified.
Warren has been charged with: two counts of possessing of child pornography, two counts of accessing
child pornography, two counts of making children pornography available, and voyeurism.
Warren appeared in court on Thursday,
Ontario man who picked up Kansas girl, 12, pleads guilty
An Ontario man who was found last year in Michigan with a 12-year-old Kansas
girl he met on the Internet has admitted his intent was to have sex with the girl.
Twenty-one-year-old Stewart Kenneth
Cody McGill, of Bewdley, Ont., pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of travel to engage in illicit sexual conduct.
the plea deal, the parties are asking the judge to impose an eight-year prison sentence.
Authorities say McGill travelled
in May 2012 to El Dorado to meet the girl.
They were found a few days later near Potterville, Mich.
The girl told
authorities at the time she went with McGill willingly.
Prosecutors say McGill told police he met the girl playing “World
of Warcraft” online and loved her.
Sentencing is April 24.
Man convicted in MLG sex scandal faces new charges
convicted in the Maple Leaf Gardens child sexual abuse scandal is facing new charges of sexual assault, Toronto police say.
announced the charges Thursday after investigating complaints from two men who say they were sexually assaulted when they
were children in the late 1970’s. At the time, one was 11 and the other was 13.
According to police, the alleged
sexual assaults occurred at a school, a community centre and at various other locations in Toronto while the suspect was a
teacher and a volunteer at a local community centre and with local sports clubs.
Investigators believe there may be
Police said Gordon Stuckless, 63, of Toronto was arrested Thursday and is charged with six counts
of indecent assault and single counts of assault and possession of a weapon or an imitation.
Stuckless is scheduled
to appear in court at Old City Hall on March 22.
Stuckless was convicted in 1997 of sex assault on 24 boys while he
was a maintenance man at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto between 1969 and 1988.
Stuckless was granted statutory release
in 2001 after serving two-thirds of a five-year-sentence.
Martin Kruze, a victim who came forward and brought the sex
abuse scandal to light, ended up killing himself.
Two other men were accused in the scandal.
MLG usher John Paul
Roby was convicted in 1999 of sexually abusing more than two dozen children, and was declared a dangerous offender in 2000.
He died of a heart attack in Kingston Penitentiary in 2001.
Equipment manager George Hannah died in 1984 before he could
Anyone with information about the new allegations is asked to call police at 416-808-7474 or Crime
Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).
With files from The Canadian Press
on Twitter. For instant breaking news, follow @CP24 on Twitter.
Read more: http://www.cp24.com/news/man-convicted-in-mlg-sex-scandal-faces-new-charges-1.1147156#ixzz2KFXbSefC
Toronto man charged with sexually assaulting 2 teens
Keith Rampersad, 37, is facing sex assault charges. TORONTO POLICE.
Toronto police have arrested and charged a man
who allegedly sexually assaulted two teenage girls.
Officers believe he may have assaulted other women.
began late last year. Police say the accused met a 14-year-old girl at a rave.
On Dec. 23, 2012, both the man and the
girl were at a house party near Jane Street and Eglinton Avenue. He then allegedly assaulted her.
During the investigation,
another girl came forward. Police say the accused met a 15-year-old girl at a rave in 2008. He allegedly assaulted her in
Keith Rampersad, 37, of Toronto, was charged with two counts of sexual assault, two counts of sexual interference,
forcible confinement, administering a stupefying drug and choking.
Rampersad will appear in court Thursday.
Math tutor charged with sexually assaulting 2 children
Lakshmikanthan Kumarasamy, 47, of Toronto has been charged in connection with the sexual assault of two children
between 1999 and 2003. TORONTO POLICE SERVICES/Handout
A 47-year-old math tutor has been charged in connection with the sexual assault of two
It is alleged that the assaults took place between 1999 and 2003.
Lakshmikanthan Kumarasamy of Toronto
has been charged with two counts of sexual assault, two counts of sexual interference and two counts of inviting sexual touching.
believe there may be more victims.
Members of the public are being invited to attend a community meeting hosted by members
of 51 Division’s Youth and Family Services Office and the Toronto Tamil Seniors Association on Jan. 25 at 5:30 p.m.
will address concerns relating to this case.
The meeting will take place at the Wellesley Community Centre, 495 Sherbourne
St., Room B.
Scarborough music teacher
arrested for alleged sexual assault
brianbollinger TORONTO POLICE
PHOTO Brian Bollinger, a 56-year-old Scarborough music teacher, has been arrested in connection
with a sexual assault investigation involving a young girl.
A long-time Toronto music teacher has been arrested
in connection with a sexual assault investigation.
Toronto police allege that between 2006 and 2010, 56-year-old Brian
Bolliger assaulted a young girl in her home. They also believe there may be more victims.
Bolliger, who has been a music
teacher for 30 years in Scarborough, was acquitted of sexual assault and sexual interference last year. In that case, a girl
alleged he touched her while giving her drum lessons from ages 6 to 8. Provincial court Justice William Bassel found him not
guilty after trial.
Bolliger was once a drummer with True Myth, a progressive rock group formed in London, Ont., which
put out two albums in 1979 and 1981.
He appeared in court Friday morning.
Montreal deacon charged with producing and distributing child porn
A Montreal deacon is being accused of producing and distributing child pornography a day after police say
they seized 2,000 images from his home.
William Kokesch, 65, was charged Saturday via video link at the Montreal courthouse.
Investigators say they searched his home and arrested him a day earlier.
Montreal police Const. Dany Richer said Kokesch
will remain in jail until Monday when he’s scheduled to again appear in court to face the allegations against him.
was a deacon for a church in Beaconsfield, a suburb on Montreal’s West Island.
Kokesch was a communications director
for the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. He helped coordinate World Youth Day conferences in Toronto, Rome and Paris,
according to the organization’s website.
The Archdiocese of Montreal issued a statement late Saturday saying they
had removed Kokesch from all pastoral activity. The organization said its thoughts were with the alleged victims of child
“We wish to assure all those concerned by this event that we are keeping them in our prayers, and
we urge everyone to have confidence in and respect for the judicial process and to await its conclusions,” the statement
Hamilton man facing child pornography charges
A 33-year-old man is due in a Hamilton court Tuesday on child pornography charges.
the Sulmona Drive home of the accused on Monday afternoon. Hamilton cops were working on a tip from their colleagues in Halton
Computers and other devices seized from the home are undergoing forensic examination, police said.
from various Hamilton police units were involved in the investigation.
Manuel Camara is facing seven charges, including
four counts of possession of child pornography and three counts of making it available.
His bail hearing was set for
Newmarket man faces several child luring offences
12/04/2012 | Showwei Chu, CityNews.ca
Sean Salrymple of Newmarket faces several child luring offences. COURTESY: York regional
A Newmarket man faces several child luring offences for allegedly trying to
meet an underage person for sex last week after posting an online ad seeking young girls.
On Nov. 13, the accused
posted an ad on a popular classifieds website, which police declined to name. He used the pseudonym Damian Marshell and the
online name, dammar001.
He was arrested last Friday morning following an investigation by police, including members
of York Regional Police’s Internet child exploitation unit and the sex assault bureau, Det. Clint Whitney told CityNews.
But Whitney declined to say if the arrest was part of an undercover sting, just that there were “multiple
components” to the investigation and that the accused was arrested in public in Newmarket.
46, was charged with luring to facilitate the commission of sexual assault and possession for the purpose of trafficking cannabis,
among other criminal offences.
He remains in custody and is expected to appear in court on Wednesday.
Hassan Mehrpouya, 76, charged in sexual exploitation investigation Photo
courtesy of: Toronto Police
Police charge Toronto piano teacher
with sex assault
Toronto police have charged a piano teacher with sexually assaulting one of
his students, an eight-year-old girl.
Police think there may be more victims.
Hassan Mehrpouya, 76,
has been running piano lessons from his home since 1996.
He's facing five charges, including sexual assault and
sexual interference and appeared in court this morning.
Police are asking anyone who may have had questionable
contact with the man to contact them or Crimestoppers
Man arrested in child pornography investigation
Richard “Rick” Westner, 68, of Toronto, is seen in this picture provided by Toronto police.
Paul Johnston, cp24.com
Published Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 5:31PM EST
Last Updated Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 5:43PM EST
Toronto police have charged
a 68-year-old man in connection with a child pornography investigation.
Police say the suspect was arrested in the Queensway
and Kipling Avenue area on Thursday.
Police allege he was in possession of child pornography at the time of his arrest.
a subsequent search of the suspect’s home, police allege they discovered numerous photos of children taken in parks
and along riverbanks in the Toronto area between the 1960s and 1980s.
Police say in some of the photos, the children
were not aware they were being photographed.
Richard “Rick” Westner, of Toronto, is charged with possession
of child pornography.
He appeared in court Friday morning.
Police believe there may be more victims.
with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-8500 or Crime Stoppers at 416-222-TIPS (8477).
Read more: http://www.cp24.com/man-arrested-in-child-pornography-investigation-1.1061209#ixzz2Dks9Twp8
skating coach charged with sex assaults
A Toronto police cruiser is pictured in this file photo. (CP24/Tom Stefana
Published Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012 2:47PM EST
Ont. -- A former Toronto-area figure skating coach has been charged in a child sex abuse investigation.
Sgt. Dave Cross says a man sexually assaulted three girls while teaching them to skate in Burlington, west of Toronto, between
2007 and 2011.
The girls' ages are not being released.
Forty-eight-year-old Michael Richards, of Burlington, faces
two counts each of sexual assault and assault, as well as one charge of sexual exploitation.
Cross says Richards was
arrested Wednesday night and is due in court Dec. 5.
Investigators are asking anyone with information to contact them.
Read more: http://www.cp24.com/former-skating-coach-charged-with-sex-assaults-1.1030405#ixzz2BfVLK1NJ
Man tried to abduct two-year-old girl, police say
Toronto police released this photo of David Briggs on Monday, Sept. 24, 2012. (Handout)
Chris Kitching, cp24.com
Published Monday, Sep. 24, 2012
Last Updated Monday, Sep. 24, 2012 11:05AM EDT
have been laid after a man attempted to abduct a two-year-old girl on the weekend, Toronto police say.
Police said the
incident occurred while the girl was riding her bicycle, as her father walked alongside her, at Millwood Park, near Mill road
and Bloor Street West, on Saturday at about 10:15 a.m.
The suspect drove up to the girl, stopped his car and began yelling
explicit comments to the child as he approached her with his arms extended, police said in a news release Monday.
girl’s father intervened and was helped by passersby, who restrained the man until police arrived.
there may be additional victims.
David Briggs, 46, of Mississauga, is charged with attempted abduction of a person under
14, sexual assault, invitation to sexual touching, assault with intent to resist arrest, possession of cocaine, and possession
of a controlled substance, police said.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 416-808-2200 or Crime Stoppers
anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).
@ChrisKitching is on Twitter. Don't forget, for instant breaking news, follow
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Skating coach charged in historical sexual assault
09/19/2012 | Christine Chubb, CityNews.ca
Kevin Michael Hicks, 53, charged in historical sexual assault investigation. TORONTO POLICE
A 53-year-old former skating coach has been charged in connection with a historical
It is alleged that between 1983 and 1990 he sexually assaulted a 12-year-old boy who was his student.
The assaults lasted until the boy was 19.
Kevin Michael Hicks has been charged with four counts of sexual
assault and one count of buggery.
Hicks has coached with Woodbine Winter Skating Club, Weston Skating Club, Windsor
Skating Club and Burlington Skating Club.
He also coached figure skating in Burlington, Toronto Mississauga and
Windsor during the 1980s.
Police believe there may be more victims and are asking anyone with information to contact
them at 416-808-2305.
Man accused of sexually assaulting young girls
Joseph Danny Stevenson is pictured in a Toronto police photo taken after his arrest Aug. 31, 2012. (Handout)
Chris Kitching, cp24.com
Published Tuesday, Sep. 18, 2012 12:58PM EDT
Charges have been laid against a 48-year-old man accused of sexually abusing two young girls, Toronto
Officers made the arrest Aug. 31, but they continue to investigate because they believe there may be additional
victims, police said in a news release Tuesday.
A suspect, 48-year-old Toronto resident Joseph Danny Stevenson, is charged
with five counts of sexual assault.
Investigators released two photos of Stevenson – one from 1993 and one from
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Det. Gord McNeilly or Det. Const. Stacey McCabe at 416-808-1200,
or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).
@ChrisKitching is on Twitter. Don't forget, for instant breaking
news, follow @CP24 on Twitter.
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2 men charged in separate child porn investigations
Bradley Ryerson, 43, of Toronto, is seen in this photo provided by Toronto police.
Paul Johnston, cp24.com
Published Thursday, Sep. 13, 2012 8:57PM EDT
police have charged two men in connection with two separate child pornography investigations.
On Wednesday, police executed
search warrants at a home in Ajax and business in Toronto.
Police allege that a man was in possession of and making
Brandon Coons, 25, of Ajax, is charged with two counts of possession of child pornography, two counts
of making available child pornography and two counts of attempting to access child pornography.
He was scheduled to
appear in court Thursday.
On Thursday, police also charged a second man in connection with a separate child pornography
investigation after a warrant was executed last month.
Bradley Ryerson, 43, of Toronto, is charged with accessing child
Police say Ryerson is a certified teacher in Ontario and until recently was employed by the York Region
District School Board.
Anyone with information about either case is asked to contact police at 416-808-8500 or Crime
Stoppers at 416-222-TIPS (8477).
Read more: http://www.cp24.com/2-men-charged-in-separate-child-porn-investigations-1.955330#ixzz26RxcFifN
man, 71, arrested in 1970s sex assault
08/31/2012 | CityNews.ca staff
Heshi Nussbaum, 71, has been arrested for alleged sex offences dating back to the early
70s. TORONTO POLICE.
A 71-year-old Toronto man has
been arrested for alleged sex offences dating back to the early 70s.
Toronto police accuse Heshi Nussbaum, then
a teacher at a private religious school in the Bathurst Street and Steeles Avenue area, of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old
The assaults occurred at the school and during a summer camp between January 1972 and December 1975.
Nussbaum was charged Wednesday with indecent assault of a male and made a court appearance that day.
there may be more victims.Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-3205 or Crime Stoppers
anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).
Child porn sentencing: TV worker with child porn blames Rogers as he’s sentenced to four years
pelich Peter Small/TORONTO STAR
Oldrich Pelich, with his hand hiding his face, arrives at Ontario Superior Court in Toronto
on Tuesday before a judge sentences him to four years in prison for child pornography offences.
A former TV and film
worker partly blamed Rogers Communications — one of his previous employers — for his downfall as a judge sentenced
him to four years in prison for accessing and sharing child pornography.
“It was Rogers that provided the ISP
address to me. It was Rogers that identified me as subscriber,” Oldrich Pelich, 45, told Ontario Superior Court Justice
Tamarin Dunnet Tuesday.
“I would like to maintain my innocence,” he said, then blamed the Crown for showing
child pornography with “relish and zeal” that “I saw for the first time in this courtroom.”
said he will appeal his conviction.
Police found pictures and movies in his home of prepubescent girls, some just toddlers,
being raped or forced to perform sex acts by adult men.
Dunnet sentenced him to four years in jail, less six months
for the house arrest bail conditions he has been under since his arrest four years ago. She barred him from playgrounds and
other places children gather for life.
Crown prosecutor Amanda Camara had called for five years. Defence attorney Christopher
Biscoe asked for an “upper reformatory” sentence of up to two years less a day, minus credit for his strict bail
On June 27, Dunnet found Pelich guilty of three counts of possessing, two of making available and one of
accessing child pornography.
Each viewing of child pornography perpetuates the abuse of the victims, she said. And the
industry keeps demanding new subjects, Dunnet added. “It is the new children that attract the most demand.”
noted Pelich, who has no criminal record and is apparently of otherwise good character, was a sophisticated computer user.
arrested in 2008, the immigrant from Czechoslovakia was working as a “master control operator” for a television
network responsible for program acquisition and technical control.
After his arrest, he lost his job and girlfriend.
June 5, 2008, Toronto police Det. Chris Purchas contacted an ISP address and found it was downloading files with titles suggesting
they were child pornography, using the Gnutella network and LimeWire peer-to-peer file sharing program. The officer selected
five and downloaded them.
Purchas identified the user’s provider as Rogers and made a request from the company
under the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act for the identity of the subscriber. Pelich was so identified.
July 15, the officer downloaded and viewed 14 files from Pelich’s IP address.
On July 16, he executed a search
warrant on Pelich’s West Mall home and found him by a computer.
Pelich told the officer, “There’s
nothing on the computer. I get rid of it.”
Police removed a laptop, a computer tower and CDs and DVDs. They found
125 unique child pornography images on the laptop, however 90 were inaccessible, in other words deleted or stored in a temporary
file Internet file folder or cache. On the tower there were 1,617 unique child porn images, but only six were accessible.
On the disks were 8,518 images and 92 child porn videos, a collection he had been amassing for seven years, the judge
A spokesperson from Rogers Communications could not be reached for comment.
Toronto man guilty of
child pornography charges
A Toronto man has been found guilty of six child pornography charges after
police downloaded files from his IP address and searched his West Mall home in 2008.
Ontario Superior Court Justice
Tamarin Dunnet found Oldrich Pelich, 45, guilty Wednesday of three counts of possessing, two of making available and one of
accessing child pornography, but not guilty of making it.
He returns for sentencing July 9.
St. Catharines Man Arrested for Luring a Child
In May of 2012, a twelve year old girl began receiving unwanted messages from a man she did not know. The messages
were received online through a social media website. The child’s parents subsequently reported the matter to the police
and members of the Niagara Regional Police Service Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Unit commenced an investigation. Due
to the diligent actions of the parents, the child’s safety was never compromised. Over the span of the next few weeks,
the man continued messaging the girl’s account and became more explicit in his conversation, inviting her to engage
in sexual activity. On Tuesday, June 12th, 2012 the male made arrangements to meet with the child on a recreational trail
in the City of St. Catharines. The male attended at the agreed upon location expecting to find the child he had been conversing
with, but was instead confronted by police officers and arrested by members of the ICE, Child Abuse and St. Catharines Detective
Office. Twenty year old Wayne WRIGHT of St. Catharines was charged with one count each of Luring a Child Under the Age
of Fourteen Years, contrary to Section 172.1(1)(c) of the Criminal Code of Canada, for the purpose of facilitating the offence
of Invitation to Sexual Touching, contrary to Section 152 of the Criminal Code of Canada. At the time of his arrest, WRIGHT
was also in Possession of a Prohibited Weapon, contrary to Section 91(2) of the Criminal Code of Canada. WRIGHT was held
in custody pending a bail hearing, scheduled for Wednesday, June 13th, 2012, at the Robert S. K. Welch Courthouse, located
at 59 Church Street, St. Catharines. Parents are strongly encouraged to monitor their child’s activities online.
The Niagara Regional Police Service conducts investigations into Internet Child Exploitation offences in partnership with
numerous Ontario Police Services. This investigative initiative has been made possible with financial assistance from the
Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services and the Ministry of the Attorney General. Members of the public can
report suspicious Internet activities relating to children to the Niagara Regional Police Service, or at www.cybertip.ca.
Internet safety tips for parents, children and Internet users are also available on the Cybertip website. Information on
crimes can be submitted anonymously using Crime Stoppers of Niagara. To leave an anonymous tip, please contact Crime Stoppers
via: Telephone: 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) Online: www.niagaratips.com Text: 274637 (CRIMES), keyword 'Niagara', then your
tip. Crime Stoppers guarantees that you will remain anonymous through any of the methods offered to provide tips. You may
also be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000 if the information leads to an arrest.
Incident Number: 12-41099
Rank & File No: Detective Sergeant, 9560
Unit: Child Abuse
Authorized By: MACKAY, James
Rank & File No: Staff Sergeant, 9616
Date Submitted: 6/13/2012
Thorold Resident Arrested for Child Pornography Offences
On Sunday, June 17th, 2012 members of the Niagara Regional Police Service, Internet Child Exploitation
(ICE) Unit obtained judicial authorization to search a Thorold address regarding an investigation into Possession of and Making
of Child Pornography. Subsequently, a number of computer systems and peripheral devices were seized. Investigation revealed
that in 2011, a man had coerced a fifteen year-old girl into providing images that constituted child pornography. The man's
actions were recently reported to police. Thirty-seven year-old David POTALIVO of Thorold was arrested at the scene without
incident. He was held in custody pending a bail hearing, scheduled for Monday, June 18th, 2012, at the Robert S. K. Welch
Courthouse, located at 59 Church Street, St. Catharines. The Niagara Regional Police Service conducts investigations into
Internet Child Exploitation offences in partnership with numerous Ontario Police Services. This investigative initiative has
been made possible with financial assistance from the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services and the Ministry
of the Attorney General. Members of the public can report suspicious Internet activities relating to children to the Niagara
Regional Police Service, or at www.cybertip.ca. Internet safety tips for parents, children and Internet users are also available
on the Cybertip website. Information on crimes can be submitted anonymously using Crime Stoppers of Niagara. To leave an
anonymous tip, please contact Crime Stoppers via: Telephone: 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) Online: www.niagaratips.com Text: 274637
(CRIMES), keyword 'Niagara', then your tip. Crime Stoppers guarantees that you will remain anonymous through any of the
methods offered to provide tips. You may also be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000 if the information leads
to an arrest.
Incident Number: 12-30427
Prepared By: MACKAY, James
Rank & File No: Staff Sergeant, 9616
Unit: Child Abuse
By: MACKAY, James
Rank & File No: Staff Sergeant, 9616
Unit: Child Abuse
Date Submitted: 6/18/2012
Mon Jun. 18 2012 3:33:38 PM | Paul Johnston , cp24.com
Man faces 14 sexual exploitation-related charges
Hugh Pickup, 59, of Mississauga, is seen in this photo provided by Toronto police.
police have arrested a man in connection with sexual assaults that occurred between 1998 and 2005.
On Friday, June
15, Hugh Pickup, 59, of Mississauga was arrested by police.
Pickup faces charges including three counts of sexual assault,
two counts of sexual interference and possession of child pornography.
He was scheduled to appear in court over the
Police believe there may be more victims.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-3300
or Crime Stoppers at 416-222-TIPS (8477).
Fri Jun. 01 2012 3:53:46 PM | The Canadian Press
Toronto babysitter charged with sexual assault
A Toronto police car is pictured in this Monday, Sept. 5, 2011, file photo. (CP24/Chris
TORONTO — An 82-year-old Toronto man is charged with sexual
assault in a series of incidents involving young children in his care.
Police say the accused baby-sat for a number
of children in his home in the past decade.
They allege two of the children -- a boy and a girl, both four years old
at the time -- were sexually assaulted in separate incidents.
In the boy's case, the incidents are alleged to have occurred
between 2002 and 2003.
Fermin Caracas is also charged with sexual interference and invitation to sexual touching.
are asking the public to report any similar incidents.
Man charged after massive child porn cache seized in London
05/31/2012 | CityNews.ca staff
A 60-year-old man is facing several child pornography charges after London, Ont., police allegedly
found a cache of disturbing images in the suspect’s home representing one of the largest child porn seizures the force
has ever seen.
Police allege more than 300,000 images and videos were seized on Wednesday from the man’s
home that were stored on several computers and digital storage devices.
Investigators were tipped off when someone
alerted them about child porn images that had been uploaded onto a website.
Robert Johnson is facing the following
- Three counts of distributing child porn
- Four counts of possession of child porn
count of accessing child porn
- One count of possession of a controlled substance
Johnson was expected to appear
in court Thursday morning.
Brampton teacher charged
with sexually assaulting student
Published On Mon May
Police have arrested a Brampton teacher
following allegations of sexual assault involving a former student.
David Lang, 29, is charged with sexual interference,
invitation to sexual touching and sexual assault.
He was held for a bail hearing and will appear in Brampton court
on June 4.
Lang is a teacher at Cheyne Middle School in Brampton. He has spent the past three years with the Peel District
School Board, and also taught at Fairwind Public School in Mississauga and Williams Parkway Senior Public School in Brampton.
was arrested following a complaint from a 13-year-old girl, who is a former student.
Another Brampton teacher was arrested Friday on sexual assault charges, thought the allegations did not involve students.
Anyone with information is asked to call
police at (905) 453-2121, ext. 3460 or contact Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
Man charged in historical sexual assault investigation
04/30/2012 | 680News staff
Phil Watson, 62, of Bancroft, Ontario. Courtesy Toronto Police.
Toronto police have released an image of a man charged in a historical sexual assault investigation.
It is alleged that between 1980 and 1982 the accused sexually assaulted a 12-year-old boy.
62, of Bancroft, Ontario, has been charged with indecent assault on a male.
Police say the accused travelled extensively
around Ontario for his employment around the time of the alleged offence.
Authorities believe there may be more
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-4100
, Crime Stoppers anonymously
at 416-222-TIPS (8477)
, online at www.222tips.com
, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637)
Man charged with alleged sex assault of boy, 13
04/19/2012 | CityNews.ca staff
Undated file photo of Vasco Serpa. HANDOUT/Toronto Police Service
A Toronto man has been charged with sexually assaulting a 13-year-old boy in his van a decade ago.
Police say in 2002, Vasco Serpa befriended the boy over MSN Messenger and arranged to meet him in a Toronto park.
The 52-year-old then allegedly sexually assaulted the boy in his windowless white delivery van.
Serpa has been
charged with sexual interference, invitation to sexual touching and sexual assault.
Police say there may be other
Two years ago, Serpa was charged with the same offences as well as assault and forcible confinement in
a separate case.
It’s alleged he befriended another 13-year-old at the YMCA near Yonge and College streets,
took him back to his apartment and sexually assaulted him.
Serpa had a court appearance on the most recent charges
on Thursday afternoon.
photo of convicted sex offender Graham James leaked to media
In a photo acquired by the Winnipeg Free Press, Graham James is seen in a Stony Mountain Institution mug shot in Stony
Mountain, Man., on Thursday, March 22, 2012. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Winnipeg Free Press)
WINNIPEG - Convicted
sex offender Graham James' efforts to hide his current appearance as he arrived for a court hearing last week were unmasked
on Saturday with the leak of a photo purportedly taken in the Manitoba prison where he's being held.
The Winnipeg Free
Press posted a photo of James on its website that the newspaper says was a mugshot taken at Stoney Mountain Institution, but
it did not indicate how it obtained the image.
James appears gaunt with his head closely shaven in the image.
Tuesday James hid behind a red ski mask as he entered a Winnipeg courthouse to be sentenced on two charges of sexual assault.
A photo of the masked James later received prominent play in the media and on the Internet.
In the photo on the Free
Press website, James appears to be wearing the same street clothes that he was wearing in court on Tuesday.
sentenced to two years in prison for hundreds of sexual assaults on two of his teenage players.
In a plea bargain arrangement
he agreed to plead guilty to sexually abusing retired NHL star Theo Fleury and his cousin, Todd Holt, in exchange for the
Crown agreeing not to proceed with a third charge.
The assaults happened when Fleury and Holt played for James in the
Western Hockey League in the 1980s and '90s.
The sentence has been criticized by his victims, and by many others, as
being far too light.
Federal law allows people to apply for full parole after serving one-third of their sentence —
which means James could be eligible for day parole in September and full parole in November.
The Crown is reviewing
the sentence, and has 30 days to decide whether to appeal.
It's the second prison sentence for James.
He got out
of jail in 2000 and promptly dropped out of public view after serving 18 months of a 3 1/2 year-sentence for molesting former
NHL'er Sheldon Kennedy and two other players.
Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version incorrectly
said James was sentenced on last Monday. In fact, he was sentenced last Tuesday.
Former teacher in court on sex assault charges
03/14/2012 | Marcia Chen, CityNews.ca
Norman McLeod, 71, is shown in an undated file photo. HANDOUT/Toronto Police Service
Norman Neil McLeod, 71, was charged last week after six alleged
victims came forward.
Police claim McLeod sexually assaulted them between 1965 and 1979, when they were 11-15 years
old and living in Toronto.
McLeod faces 11 counts of indecent assault on a male, eight counts of gross indecency,
assault and two counts of failing to comply with recognizance.
Police believe there may be more alleged victims.
A former teacher and Scouts Canada leader from Toronto is due in court Wednesday on sex assault charges
related to alleged incidents more than 30 years ago.
Man accused of
drugging, sexually assaulting 5 children
03/07/2012 | Shawne McKeown, CityNews.ca
Police have charged a 35-year-old Orillia-area man for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting
five children on several occasions last year.
Investigators want to ensure there are no other alleged victims.
The attacks on the five children under 13 happened on several occasions in 2011, police claim, at the man’s
home in Warminster, northwest of Orillia. Authorities said the man photographed one of the victims during one of the alleged
It's not known what drug was allegedly given to children, but police say the victims knew the accused.
The OPP arrested Paul Devries on Feb. 29 and charged him with:
- 1 count of making child pornography
count of possession of child pornography
- 5 counts of sexual assault
- 5 counts of sexual interference
counts of administering a noxious substance
Devries is being held for a bail hearing in Barrie on Friday morning.
Police are asking anyone with information on this case to contact the OPP Child Sexual Exploitation Unit at
Man charged for allegedly
sexually assaulting girl in North York elevator
03/07/2012 | Shawne McKeown, CityNews.ca
Sexual assault suspect Danny Correa. TORONTO POLICE
A 26-year-old man has been charged
for an alleged sex attack on a 13-year-old girl in a North York apartment building last month and police believe there may
be more alleged victims.
The youngster told police she was sexually assaulted in an elevator at 4500 Jane St.,
near Finch Avenue, around 11 p.m. on Feb. 22. Days after the alleged attack investigators released images of a suspect captured
on the building’s security cameras.
Officers arrested Danny Correa on Tuesday. He’s charged with sexual
assault and was due to appear in court Wednesday morning.Investigators are asking anyone with information
on the case to call (416) 808-7474 or Crime Stoppers at (416) 222-TIPS.
Mon Mar. 05 2012 1:37:39 PM | Chris Kitching, cp24.com
Police release photo of sex assault suspect
Waldemar Sidorowicz, 67, is pictured in this
photo released by Toronto police Monday, March 5, 2012, after he was charged with sexual assault and sexual interference.
Toronto police have released a photo of a 67-year-old man accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old boy
in a public washroom.
Police released a photo of Toronto resident Waldemar Sidorowicz because investigators believe
there may be additional complainants.
Police said a 14-year-old boy was sexually assaulted in a washroom in the area
of Bloor Street West and Dundas Street West on Oct. 26, 2011.
The boy managed to escape when another patron entered
Investigators arrested Sidorowicz last Thursday and charged him with sexual assault and sexual interference.
with information is asked to call the Toronto police sex crimes unit at 416-808-7474 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS
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Retired elementary school teacher charged in
boy's sex abuse
02/28/2012 | Showwei Chu, CityNews.ca
Toronto police say a retired elementary school teacher sexually abused
a boy for several years and fear there may be more victims.
Alec Owen, 85, of Toronto was charged with two counts
of committing an indecent assault on a male, police said Tuesday. He was previously charged with two counts of possession
of child pornography last November.
Owen taught in Scarborough schools from 1959 to 1981, and police believe he
tutored a number of students on a part-time basis.
“We fear there are additional victims,” Michele
Bond said, urging anyone with additional information to contact the sex crimes unit’s child exploitation section.
The Scarborough schools where Owen taught include:
-Guildwood Junior Public School
-Terraview Heights Public School
-Willowdale Middle School
-Inglewood Heights Junior Public School
-Birch Cliff Public School
-Tecumseh Senior Public School
Bond said that on June 23, 2011, a male from
Watford, Hertfordshire, in the United Kingdom was arrested during an ongoing investigation regarding sex abuse of a young
That investigation revealed the man was having discussions with Owen, authorities claim, and those comments
were forwarded to Toronto police.
A search warrant was executed on Owen’s home on Nov. 22, 2011, and Owen
charged with the child porn offences. A news release at the time prompted two male victims to come forward, one of which resulted
in the latest charge against Owen.
Police said no charges have been laid in the second case.
In a separate
Toronto police arrested a man in connection with sexual assaults on four boys that allegedly took place between
1969 and 1987.
Police say Ronald Lea, 61, used the name Alexander Thow and lived in the O’Connor Drive and
Donlands Avenue area when the alleged assaults took place.
He appeared in court on Tuesday and is facing:
- three counts of Sexual Assault
- three counts of Indecent Assault on a Male
- three counts of
- make Obscene Material
Police believe there may be more victims.
information is asked to contact the 54 Division Youth Services at 416-808-5405
, Crime Stoppers anonymously
at 416-222-TIPS (8477)
, online at www.222tips.com
, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637)
, or Leave A Tip on Facebook.
Police ID man charged
in Boxing Day abduction, sexual assault of 4-year-old
02/22/2012 | Ashleigh Smollet, CityNews.ca
Ryan Belbin. Ryan
Belbin. Courtesy Toronto Police.
Girl abducted from house on Charleswood Police investigate after a girl was allegedly abducted from a North York home on Dec. 26, 2011.
1 of 2
Toronto police have released
the identity of the man charged in the alleged Boxing Day abduction and sexual assault of a four-year-old girl in North York.
Police say that around 3 a.m. on Boxing Day, the child was abducted from a home in the Bathurst Street and Wilson
area and sexually assaulted.
A short time later, family members found the little girl and spotted a man fleeing
The girl, who had been visiting from Connecticut, was treated in hospital.
a scream that night. In the middle of the night - it woke me up it was so loud. And then I realized it was the girl because
the police came by to my house,’ said a neighbour, who asked not to be identified.
“We were unsure
how to protect ourselves from a stranger.”
Ryan Belbin, 28, of Toronto, was arrested on February 18 and charged
- Abduction of Person Under Fourteen
“We want people to see the man’s photograph. If you’ve had any contact with
him, if you have any information in regards to this 28-year-old man, contact police immediately,” said Toronto police
Cst. Tony Vella.Police are concerned there may be more victims. Anyone with information on this case is asked
to contact police at 416-808-7474 or Crime Stoppers at (416) 222-TIPS (8477).
teacher facing sex assault charges involving student
02/15/2012 | Ashleigh Smollet, CityNews.ca
Nachhatar Singh. Courtesy TORONTO POLICE.
teacher has been arrested on charges of sexual assault involving an underage female student, Toronto police said Wednesday.
Investigators say on Feb. 8, a teacher from Eastdale Collegiate Institute allegedly sexually assaulted a 17-year-old
Nachhatar Singh, 56, of Oakville, has been charged with sexual assault and sexual exploitation.
Police are concerned there may be more victims.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police
at (416) 808-5500 or Crime Stoppers at (416) 222-TIPS (8477).
Toronto man lured young girls on social networks, police say
Shiraz Nariman, 42, is charged with luring young girls over the Internet.SUPPLIED
A Toronto man used fake profiles on unprotected social network sites to stalk young girls across Canada
and beg them to send him compromising images and perform sexual acts over a webcam, police say.
Police allege the 42-year-old
man posed as a 19- and 21-year-old man on various sites, using the alias “Alex Sirop” to lure young girls for
at least six years.
“The girls he chatted with thought they knew who he was and some talked about moving in with
him, or even marrying him,” said Toronto police Det. Joel Manherz.
“For some, he became the highlight of
their day and he would feed their needs because they fed his.”
In September 2010, an Alberta girl told the RCMP
about an encounter on the Edmonton-based social network Nexopia.com with a 19-year-old named Alex Sirop.
male . . . demanded and at other times begged the victim to send him compromising pictures of herself and to masturbate for
him on webcam,” said Toronto police Det. Joel Manherz.
The man was found to have collected numerous images of
child sexual abuse, representing many other victims of his online stalking, police said.
There is also some indication
he may have met with some of the young girls he chatted with online, Manherz said.
Nexopia, which launched in 2003,
claims to have 1.2 million members and be “the online place for teens to connect and express themselves.”
is becoming the trend with many major social networks, Nexopia user information is public by default, unless changed, and
user profiles are searchable within the site using a wide range of parameters, including, age, location, sexuality and interests.
In 2010, the Ottawa-based Public Interest Advocacy Centre filed a complaint with the federal privacy commissioner citing
concern about Nexopia and the sharing of young people’s information.
John Lawford, lawyer for the centre, said
youth are vulnerable on such sites which make their information public and accessible to a wide range of people.
don’t understand the consequences of that type of tool,” he said.
Police said the man used Nexopia, Facebook
and MSN Messenger to meet and lure young girls. There is also an “Alex Sirop” on MySpace, using the same profile
photo as the other accounts.
The man befriended girls in B.C., Alberta, Ontario and possibly elsewhere in Canada. Police
said the relationships he built online spanned years.
Police are hoping more victims come forward and stressed anyone
who believes they may have been victimized is not in any trouble.
Shiraz Nariman, 42, of Scarborough, is charged with
luring a child, invitation to sexual touching, and accessing, possession and making child pornography. He was one of 60 people
arrested in a massive Ontario child pornography sweep this week.
60 arrested in child-porn investigation across Ontario
Police from across Ontario have rounded up 60 male suspects and laid 213 charges in a child
pornography sweep being described as one of the largest in the province's history.Pawel
Dwulit/THE CANADIAN PRESS
More than 200 child pornography-related charges against 60 people have been laid in a massive province-wide
investigation, the largest to-date of its kind, police announced Thursday.
A total of 22 victims were identified as
part of the investigation, conducted by the Provincial Strategy to Protect Children from Sexual Abuse and Exploitation on
“The sweep carried out over the past few days serves as another wakeup call to those who commit
these monstrous crimes against children,” said OPP acting commissioner Scott Tod at a press conference in Vaughan. “You
cannot hide your crimes. You cannot hide your identities. We are looking and we will stop you from victimizing our children.”
213 charges executed by 76 search warrants included sexual assault, child luring, possession of child pornography, making
child pornography and accessing child pornography.
Police said they identified nearly 9,000 IP addresses of potential
candidates of having downloaded child pornography.
From those, police identified 60 individuals, ranging in age and
occupation, as high-priority and conducted the arrests.
Eleven of those arrested are from the GTA, with others throughout
the province, including London, Hamilton and Ottawa.
Steven Ernest Slade, 44, of Scarborough, was arrested and charged
with two counts of luring a child and breach of probation, as well as counseling to commit an indictable offence.
Windsor Star reported a Steven Ernest Slade was arrested in 2009 after police were tipped to the man’s apartment
and discovered 568 images and 165 digital movies he’d shared online
Police also discovered chat logs with sexually
disturbing content, including where Slade counseled a man to sexually abuse his 9-year-old niece.
In 2009, Slade was
scheduled to serve three years in prison, followed by three years probation.
Slade was scheduled to appear in Windsor
court on Thursday.
Police credited the success of their ongoing investigation to the coordination between 24 police
services and partners and the advanced technology that allows investigators to weed out offenders online.
additional arrests could be made and more potential victims identified in the massive sweep.
On Friday, Toronto police
are expected to make an additional statement related to Shiraz Nariman, 42, of Toronto, in order to identify more potential
Nariman was charged with one count of luring a child under 16, invitation to sexual touching, and making, accessing
and possession of child pornography.
Alleged offenders in the GTA:
Nariman, 42, Toronto
• Henning Winifried Jonat, 47, Toronto
• Clifford Hollis Lewis, 46, Toronto
• Jay Newell
Thomas, 38, Toronto
• Derek Pearl, 59, Newmarket
Carparelli, 48, Markham
• Philip Prouse, 27, Markham
Batchelor, 56, Brampton
• Bret Sheppard, 51, Mississauga
Luis Sobarzo-Hernandez, 21, Mississauga
• Steven Ernest Slade, 44, Scarborough
Tue Jan. 31 2012 12:40:31 PM | The
Photographer charged in int'l child porn probe
(CP PHOTO/Dave Chidley)
— Provincial police say a St. Thomas, Ont.-area man who photographed young female models and weddings is to appear in
court today on child sexual exploitation charges.
Police say they were contacted by U.S. investigators about a man communicating
via the Internet with a person in Colorado.
The investigation revealed the person was allegedly sexually abusing children
Police say the investigation was carried out with the help of Toronto police, Colorado Springs police and
the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Last week, investigators raided a home in Southwold Township, just West of
St. Thomas, and seized computers and external media devices.
Jason Leonard Sawyer, 31, who operated Jay Sawyer Photography,
is facing sex and child pornography charges.
officer faces sex assault, child porn charges
01/11/2012 | Michael Talbot, CityNews.ca
A Durham Regional police officer is facing five charges, including sexual assault and making child
pornography, the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has confirmed.
Const. Scott Andrew Terry was arrested Wednesday
and released on bail.
"The SIU has reasonable grounds to believe that [the] officer ... committed criminal
offences in relation to incidents involving a female over the course of several months between 2000 and 2001," the SIU
said in a release.
The provincial police watchdog, which began its investigation in October, said it wouldn’t
comment on the case as it’s before the court.
Terry was charged with:
• one charge of sexual
• one charge of sexual exploitation.
• one charge of breach of trust by an official.
one charge of making child pornography.
• one charge of possession of child pornography
As part of his
bail conditions, Terry can't leave the province, must not carry a firearm and must not be within 100 metres of any park, playground
or school. He must also abstain from consuming alcohol or drugs.
He will be back in court in Oshawa on Feb. 7.
The SIU is an arm’s length agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious
injury or allegations of sexual assault.
Oshawa teacher gets 2 years for child porn offences
| Shawne McKeown, CityNews.ca
Stephen Martin. HANDOUT/DURHAM REGIONAL POLICE
Stephen Martin, 38, was arrested in April on 11 charges, including making child pornography,
luring and invitation to sexual touching. Police said he posed as a teenage girl online to trick boys into sending him lewd
photos of themselves.
Martin also pleaded guilty to 10 counts of computer contact with an underage person for a
He was sentenced to two years less a day in jail, and was given a year’s credit for pre-trial
custody. His jail sentence will be followed by three years of probation.
Investigators seized several computers
and equipment from his home on Magnolia Avenue, in the Taunton and Harmony roads area, last spring.
from The Canadian Press
An Oshawa elementary school teacher will serve a year in prison after pleading guilty to child pornography
Charges laid in sex assault of 14-year-old boy
Published On Wed Dec 14 2011
Police have arrested a 67-year-old man after
a 14-year-old boy was sexually assaulted on “several occasions.”
They say the suspect was self-employed,
running a general contracting and renovations business in Toronto between 2001 and 2004. He would hire youths as labourers,
and police allege he would sexually assault his employees.
Sexual assaults of the boy in question occurred between
Jan. 1, 2002 and Dec. 31, 2004.
Garry Barnes, 67, of Toronto has been charged with two counts of sexual assault and
two counts of sexual exploitation.
He is due to appear in court Thursday at Old City Hall at 10 a.m.
Niagara Falls Man Arrested for Child Sexual Assaults and Related Offences
In November, 2011, police received information alleging sexual offences committed against
a young female victim in the City of Niagara Falls. This matter was investigated by members of the Child Abuse Unit and during
the course of the investigation Child Abuse Investigators became aware of historic sexual offences committed by this same
suspect against another young female. As a result of the investigation Mr.Howard Triano, 78 years old of Niagara Falls, is
charged with two counts each of Sexual Assault and Sexual Interference contrary to provisions of the Criminal Code of Canada.
The investigation is continuing and anyone with relevant information is urged to contact the Child Abuse Unit at 905-688-4111ext.
5100 The accused is being held for a bail hearing to take place at the Robert S.K. Welch courthouse located at 59 Church
Street, St. Catharines on Friday November 25th, 2011. Information on crimes can be submitted anonymously using Crime Stoppers
of Niagara. To leave an anonymous tip, please contact Crime Stoppers via: Telephone: 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) Online: www.niagaratips.com
Text: 274637 (CRIMES), keyword 'Niagara', then your tip. Crime Stoppers guarantees that you will remain anonymous through
any of the methods offered to provide tips. You may also be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000 if the information
leads to an arrest.
Incident Number: 2011-107505
Prepared By: MEADE, David
Rank & File No: Detective Sergeant,
Unit: Investigative Analysis
Father of ex-Raptors head coach faces child sex assault charges
| Erin Criger, CityNews.ca
A Niagara Regional Police badge is seen during a police memorial parade in Ottawa on Sept.
26, 2010. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Francis Vachon.
Howard Triano, the father of former Toronto
Raptors coach Jay Triano, has been released on bail Friday after being charged with the alleged sexual assault of two young
Triano, 78, of Niagara Falls, Ont., was arrested Thursday and charged with two counts of sexual assault
and two counts of sexual interference.
He appeared at a St. Catharines, Ont., on Friday and was released on bail.
"He will live in the community, under conditions, in the time of his trial. I can't tell you the conditions,"
Triano's lawyer Andrew Furgiuele said outside court.
Triano has had "some" strokes, Furgiuele said, and
was in a wheelchair in court.
"Him and his whole family are stunned by the allegations," his attorney
added. "We are still getting all the details of what the allegations are."
Niagara Regional Police say
they received information about an alleged offence against a young girl this month in Niagara Falls.
As they investigated,
officers say they became aware of a previous alleged sexual assault against another child.
Man wanted for alleged sex assault of 4-year-old girl
11/26/2011 | Marcia
File photo of sex assault suspect Kyle Fiddler. HANDOUT
are searching for a 21-year-old Toronto man accused of sexually assaulting a four-year-old girl in her home.
say the suspect, Kyle Fiddler, exploited the child more than once between January and November of this year.
is wanted for three counts of sexual assault and three counts of sexual interference.
Fiddler is described as five-foot-nine;
200-230 pounds; with brown eyes; long, black hair; a goatee; and facial acne.
Anyone with information is asked
to call police at 416-808-540 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).
Teen camp counsellor charged with sexual assault
On Thu Nov 24 2011
A teenaged camp counsellor has been charged with sexual assault in an incident involving
an 8-year-old girl, police say.
The alleged assault took place at Glenbrook Day Camp in Whitchurch-Stouffville, according
to York Regional Police.
After the incident in early August, the camp immediately suspended the counsellor, contacted
police and notified parents, Glenbrook executive director Ron Shantz said in a statement.
The York police Crimes Against
Children Unit officially opened an investigation on Nov. 15.
Police say the victim was not physically injured as a result
of the alleged incident.
Shantz said the counsellor was well known to staff as a camper and program assistant. He said
the camp followed normal hiring protocol, which includes references and police checks.
“There were no indicators
that would have caused us concern at any time,” Shantz said. “We deeply regret this incident, and have offered
support to all concerned.”
Investigators are concerned there may be more victims and are asking anyone with information
to come forward.
Chris Morley, 18, of Markham, was charged Thursday with sexual assault and sexual interference. He
appeared in a Newmarket court.
Welland man faces child porn charges
Published On Thu Nov 24 2011
A Welland man is in custody after he was charged
Thursday with possession of child pornography.
After a month of investigation, Niagara Police’s Internet Child
Exploitation (ICE) unit executed a search warrant at a Welland home, where they seized a number of computer devices.
Day, 29, was arrested in the home and charged with one count of possession of child pornography.
Doctor faces child porn charges
| CityNews.ca Staff
Child porn suspect, 39-year-old Kevin Speight. CITYNEWS.
A doctor is facing child porn charges after police raided a residence in the
Front Street East and Jarvis Street area on Thursday.
Toronto police have charged 39-year-old Kevin Speight with
two counts of possession of child pornography. He is also facing single counts of accessing child pornography and making
Speight works in the emergency department at the Trillium Health Centre in Mississauga, and
the Franklin Medical Centre in Cambridge.
Trillium Health Centre has suspended him without pay while the investigation
He is scheduled to appear in court on Friday.Anyone with information is asked to contact
police at 416-808-8500, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637), or Leave A Tip on Facebook.
Wed Nov. 16 2011 3:02:28 PM | Web Staff, cp24.com
Toronto man arrested in child pornography
Nicodemus Crant, 47, of Toronto.
Toronto police have arrested a 47-year-old
man in connection with a child pornography investigation.
The suspect faces six charges including making child pornography,
possession of child pornography and two counts of luring a child via a computer.
Nicodemus Crant, 47, of Toronto, is
scheduled to appear in court today.
Police believe there may be more victims.
Anyone with information is asked
to contact police at 416-808-8500 or Crime Stoppers at 416-222-8477.
Wed Nov. 23 2011 8:20:51
PM | Paul Johnston , cp24.com
Retired teacher faces child pornography charges
Alec Stanley Owen, 85, of Toronto.
A retired Scarborough-area teacher
is facing charges in connection with a child pornography investigation.
On Tuesday, Toronto police executed a search
warrant at a home in the Birchmount Road and St. Clair Avenue area.
Alec Stanley Owen, 85, of Toronto, has been charged
with two counts of possession of child pornography.
He is scheduled to make a court appearance on Nov. 24.
believe there may be other victims.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-8500 or Crime Stoppers
Thu Nov. 17 2011 5:06:06 PM | Web staff, cp24.com
School teacher charged in child porn investigation
James Robert Coulter
A teacher at a middle school in East York
has been arrested and charged with possessing child pornography.
The charges were laid after police executed a search
warrant at a home in the Yonge Street and Yonge Boulevard area Thursday.
The 41-year-old suspect is charged with three
counts of possession of child pornography, one count of accessing child pornography and one count of attempting to access
The suspect, identified as James Robert Coulter is scheduled to appear in court Friday morning.
Coulter teaches at Cosburn Middle School near Cosburn and Coxwell Avenues.
Anyone with information is asked to contact
the Toronto Police Service, Child Exploitation Section at (416) 808-8500 or Crime Stoppers at (416) 222-TIPS (8477).
Toronto man charged with making child porn 132 By Terry Davidson ,Toronto Sun
Nicodemus Crant, 47, of Toronto, has been charged with various offences including making child pornography, Toronto Police
TORONTO - A Toronto computer professional is facing sex and
pornography charges involving a child.
Nicodemus Crant, 47, has been charged with offences, including invitation to
sexual touching, the exposing of genitals to a child, two counts of luring a child via a computer, the making of child pornography
and possessing child porn. Toronto police executed a search warrant of an apartment in the Yonge-College Sts. area early Wednesday,
said Const. Tony Vella.
While Vella said Crant worked with computers and was employed by a local company, he would not
specify further, only to say that Crant’s profession did not involve contact with children.
On Crant’s Facebook
page, there is a posting from earlier in November of a link to a YouTube video of two little girls wearing frilly, pink ballet
consumes and tiaras being interviewed by TV talkshow host Ellen Degeneres.
“I love these two little girls ...
soooo cute!” Crant wrote.
A man claiming to be a cousin of Crant’s couldn’t believe what he was hearing
when contacted by the Sun.
“He seems like a normal fella,” said Jack Crant from his home in Labrador City,
Crant added while he doesn’t really know his cousin, the two are friends on Facebook and occasionally exchange
pleasantries through the social-media website.
Child pornography charges laid against Toronto man
Published On Wed Nov 16 2011
A child pornography investigation has resulted in six charges being laid against
a 47-year-old Toronto man.
The sex crimes unit of the Toronto police carried out a search warrant Wednesday at a Toronto
residence. Nicodemus Crant was arrested without incident.
Crant faces charges of making child pornography, possession
of child pornography, two counts of luring a child via computer, invitation to sexual touching and exposing genitals to a
child under 16.
Police believe there may be more victims. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Toronto Police
Service at 416-808-8500 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).
Fri Oct. 21 2011 12:30:28 PM | Web staff, cp24.com
Church-goer, child assaulted in separate incidents
Toronto police have two people in custody after a church-goer
and an 11-year-old girl were sexually assaulted in separate incidents.
On Monday police arrested a volunteer at Debre
Selam St. Michael's Church on Broadview Avenue in connection with the sexual assault of a 25-year-old patron.
32-year-old Ashenafi Kahsay of Toronto, has been charged with one count of sexual assault and is scheduled to appear in court
at College Park Tuesday.
On Wednesday police arrested and charged a 23-year-old man with the sexual assault of an 11-year-old
girl in the Kingston Rd. and Morningside Ave. area.
Police say the crime took place on Tuesday and that there may be
A suspect, 23-year-old Sebastian Morana, has been charged with sexual assault, sexual interference
and invitation to sexual touching.
He is described as white, 5'6", 160 lbs., with short dark-brown hair.
with information is asked to contact 43 Division at (416) 808-4340 or Crime Stoppers at (416) 222-TIPS (8477).
Whitby guitar teacher faces child porn charges
Published On Fri Oct 21 2011
A Whitby man and self-employed guitar teacher faces numerous charges including
possession of child pornography after a girl told police she had been “lured” on Facebook.
After a month-long
investigation, Durham police searched a home on Whitby Shores Greenway, where the accused operates his business and gives
Police seized eight computers and are in the process of going through their contents in the belief
there may be more victims. The complainant said she had been in contact with a female on Facebook she had reason to believe
was fictitious. The accused was using the screen name of Maddy Dzelinkow-Holland.
Police said he also attends the homes
of some of his guitar students for lessons.
Richard James Nimmo, 50, has been charged with sexual assault, sexual interference,
invitation to sexual touching, luring and possession of child pornography. He has been held in police custody pending a bail
Charges laid in sex assault of 9-year-old
Published On Wed Oct 12 2011
A 58-year-old man is facing two charges after a 9-year-old girl was sexually
The assault occurred Thursday around 6 p.m. in the area of Humber Blvd. and Black creek Dr. The man, who
police say was walking a small brown and white dog, approached the little girl and sexually assaulted her. The girl got away
and police were called.
Eden Herrarte Grijalba of Toronto was charged with one count each of sexual assault and sexual
man faces 3 sex assault charges
2011/09/30 | Erin Criger, CityNews.ca
Luis Suarez. TORONTO POLICE.
elderly Toronto man has been charged with three sex assault offences.
Luis Suarez, 73, has been charged with invitation
to sexual touching, sexual assault and sexual interference. He was arrested Sept. 21.
Toronto police didn’t
disclose where Suarez lives, but neighbours confirm he lives in the Dufferin and St. Clair area.
Police told CityNews
he lives in a house that operates a daycare.
The victim was allegedly assaulted on a number of occasions between
September 2009 and September 2011, but police didn’t say where the alleged attacks occurred. Officers wouldn’t
say if the girl attended the daycare.
Police believe there may be more victims.
If you can help,
call police 416-808-1305 or Crime Stoppers 416-222-TIPS (8477).
With files from Tammie Sutherland
Oshawa man charged in connection with child porn
Shawn Chiasson, 37, of Oshawa was arrested by Durham Regional Police on Wednesday, Sept. 21
in connection with a child pornography investigation.
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Date: Wednesday Sep. 21, 2011
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An Oshawa man who worked as a Santa Claus in several malls has been charged in connection
with a child pornography investigation on Wednesday.
A search warrant was executed at a King Street East address in
Oshawa on Wednesday following an undercover investigation by the Durham Regional Police's Internet Child Exploitation Unit.
number of computers were seized with a large collection of child pornography on the hard drives, police said in a press release
The Durham police investigation, which started in November 2010, was assisted by Toronto Police Service
and the OPP's Behavioural Sciences Section.
Police said the accused operates the Kids Matter Family Day Care on King
Street East in Oshawa and has also worked as a Santa Claus in various malls across the Greater Toronto Area, including Promenade
Mall, Fairview Mall, Hillcrest Mall and Centrepoint Mall.
Police said an initial scan of the seized files did not indicate
he was victimizing the children under his care.
The investigation is ongoing and police said hard drives are being examined
to determine if victims can be identified.
Shawn Chiasson, 37, of Oshawa is charged with possession of child pornography,
two counts of making child pornography available and accessing child pornography. He was held for a bail hearing.
Beamsville Man Arrested for Child Pornography
In September 2011, Detectives from the Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Unit commenced a proactive online investigation
into the possession of child pornography and making it available to others over the Internet. As a result of the investigation,
judicial authorization was sought and granted for a Beamsville residence. On Thursday, September 15, 2011, Detectives from
the Internet Child Exploitation Unit, Child Abuse Unit, Technological Crimes Unit, and 8 District Uniform Officers executed
said search warrant. Subsequently, a number of computer systems and peripheral devices were seized as evidence. A suspect
was located and arrested within the residence. Ian Michael ELSTUB, 40 years, of Beamsville, Ontario, is charged with one
count each of Possession of Child Pornography and Make Available Child Pornography, contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada.
ELSTUB will be held in custody, pending a bail hearing scheduled for Friday, September 16, 2011, at the Robert S. K. Welch
Courthouse, located at 59 Church Street, in the City of St. Catharines. The Niagara Regional Police Service is a member
of the Provincial Strategy to Protect Children from Sexual Abuse and Exploitation on the internet and conducts investigations
into Internet Child Exploitation Offences in partnership with numerous Ontario Police Services. This investigative initiative
has been made possible with financial assistance from the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services and the Ministry
of the Attorney General. Members of the public can report suspicious Internet activities relating to child exploitation to
the Niagara Regional Police Service, or online at www.cybertip.ca. Internet safety tips for parents, children and Internet
users are also available on the Cybertip website.
Prepared By: HENDERSON, Tara
Rank & File
No: Detective Constable, 9919
Unit: Child Abuse
Authorized By: LEMAICH, Christopher
Rank & File No: Detective
Unit: Child Abuse
Date Submitted: 9/15/2011
Welland Man Arrested for Child Sexual Assault and Related Offences
On Friday August 26th, 2011 members of the Niagara Regional Police Service Child Abuse
Unit arrested 43 year old Rene RACICOT at his residence in Welland. In August, 2011, police received information alleging
crimes committed against a 14 year old female victim. The matter was investigated by members of the Child Abuse Unit, including
Internet Child Exploitation Detectives (ICE) and the Technological Crime Unit. In the early morning hours of Friday August
26th, 2011 the investigation concluded with the execution of a Criminal Code Search Warrant and arrest at a residence in Welland.
Rene RACICOT, 43 years old, is charged with one count each of Sexual Assault, Sexual Interference, and Making Child Pornography.
Rene RACICOT is a baseball coach with the Welland Minor Baseball Association. The investigation is continuing and anyone with
relevant information is urged to contact the Child Abuse Unit at 905-688-4111ext. 5100 The accused was held for a bail hearing
to take place at the Robert S.K. Welch courthouse located at 59 Church Street, St. Catharines on Friday August 26th, 2011.
Information on crimes can be submitted anonymously using Crime Stoppers of Niagara. To leave an anonymous tip, please contact
Crime Stoppers via: Telephone: 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) Online: www.niagaratips.com Text: 274637 (CRIMES), keyword 'Niagara',
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Incident Number: 2011-076520
By: MYERS, Jason
Rank & File No: Detective Constable, 9350
Unit: Child Abuse
Authorized By: MEADE, David
& File No: Detective Sergeant, 9647
Date Submitted: 8/26/2011
Fort Erie Man Arrested for Child Sexual Assault and Sexual Interference
On Tuesday August 30th, 2011 members of the Hamilton Police Service executed an arrest
warrant on 59 year old Gerald BACON at a residence in Hamilton, ON. In August 2011, the Niagara Regional Police received
information alleging crimes committed against two female victims, 6 years old and 10 years old, in the Niagara Region. The
matter was investigated by members of the Niagara Regional Police Service Child Abuse Unit. On August 29th, 2011 an arrest
warrant was issued for Gerald BACON. On August 30, 2011 the investigation concluded with the execution of an arrest warrant
at a residence in Hamilton. Gerald BACON, 59 years old, of Fort Erie, is charged with two counts of Sexual Assault and two
counts of Sexual Interference. The investigation is continuing and anyone with relevant information is urged to contact the
Child Abuse Unit at 905-688-4111ext. 5100. The accused was held for a bail hearing to take place at the Robert S.K. Welch
courthouse located at 59 Church Street, St. Catharines on Thursday September 1st, 2011. Information on crimes can be submitted
anonymously using Crime Stoppers of Niagara. To leave an anonymous tip, please contact Crime Stoppers via: Telephone: 1-800-222-8477
(TIPS) Online: www.niagaratips.com Text: 274637 (CRIMES), keyword 'Niagara', then your tip. Crime Stoppers guarantees that
you will remain anonymous through any of the methods offered to provide tips. You may also be eligible to receive a cash reward
of up to $2,000 if the information leads to an arrest.
Prepared By: MYERS, Jason
Rank & File
No: Detective Constable, 9350
Unit: Child Abuse
Authorized By: MEADE, David
Rank & File No: Detective
Unit: Investigative Analysis
Date Submitted: 8/31/2011
Men charged with child porn, child sex assault in separate incidents
Published On Fri Aug 26 2011
Two Ontario men are facing
charges relating to child pornography, and one of them also faces charges of child sex assault in two separate incidents.
Earlier this month, police started investigating a 43-year-old Welland man after reports he had been abusing a14-year-old
Police executed a search warrant and arrested the man Friday. He has been charged with sexual assault, sexual
interference and making child pornography.
Elsewhere in the province, the OPP made an arrest of an Angus man after
a two month investigation. Back in June, police seized a computer from a Barrie pawn shop. They found child pornography on
the computer, and made an arrest Thursday.
Lucas Fredrick Gannon, 27, has been charged with possession of child pornography.
He is due for a bail hearing Monday in Barrie.
And Rene Racicot, 43, of Welland was due in court Friday.
Toronto man faces child porn charges
Published On Mon Aug 15 2011
NOTE: This article has been edited from a previous version.
Toronto man faces child pornography charges after a raid on a Toronto home.
Police searched a home near Kingston Rd.
and Woodbine Ave. on Aug. 11, where they allegedly found a number of explicit photos of children.
Robert Van Hezewyk,
52, faces charges of possessing and accessing child pornography, as well as a charge of making it available.
Wed Aug. 10 2011 3:59:26 PM | Web staff, cp24.com
Teacher charged with sexual assault
TORONTO — Police are
looking for additional victims after a Toronto school teacher was charged with sexually assaulting a 13-year-old student.
The suspect, who teaches at St. John the Evangelist Catholic School near Lawrence Avenue and Weston Road, was arrested
on Tuesday for a crime police allege took place during the 2010-2011 school year.
Det. Const. Ya-Wen Yin, of 31 Division,
told CP24.com that the man remains an employee of the Toronto Catholic District School Board, but is currently on summer vacation.
She said police took the unusual step of releasing his photo in the hopes that other potential victims might come forward.
"We have grounds to believe there may be more (victims) and that's why we have released his photo," she said.
Orlando Fusaro, 37, of Woodbridge, is charged with one count of sexual assault and one count of sexual interference.
He made his first court appearance Wednesday morning.
ORILLIA, Ont. — A man
employed at provincial police headquarters in Orillia, Ont., has pleaded guilty to accessing and possessing child pornography
using a government computer.
Richard Cook, 53, worked for more than 15 years in fleet and supply services with the Ministry
of Community Safety and Correctional Services.
Court heard that Cook was arrested in May 2010 after the government did
a scan to detect computer users who were bypassing normal security measures.
The Penetanguishene man pleaded guilty
Tuesday. He will be sentenced Oct. 11.
Cook is free on bail, with conditions that include not accessing the Internet
and not being in the presence of someone und
Two Toronto men facing child porn charges
2011/08/08 | CityNews.ca Staff
Two Toronto men are facing child porn
charges in separate cases.
Axel Schmitz, 68, was charged with three counts of possession of child pornography and
two counts of make available child pornography after police conducted a raid in the Allan Road/Lawrence Avenue West area on
Police allege he was making child porn images available over the internet.
conducted another search Friday, this time in the Hwy 401 and Jane St. area.
"Police seized a quantity of
computer equipment containing child abuse images," police alleged in a release Monday.
William Cormier, 51,
of Toronto, has been charged with one count of possession of child pornography.
Anyone with information on either
case is asked to contact police at 416-808-8500
, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477)
online at www.222tips.com
, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637)
, or Leave A Tip on Facebook.
Warren Jeffs looks out the back of a Tom Green County Sheriff's Department car, after leaving
the Tom Green County Courthouse, in San Angelo, Texas, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011. (AP / San Angelo Standard-Times, Patrick Dove)
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The Associated Press
Date: Thu. Aug. 4 2011 5:55 PM ET
Texas — A Texas jury convicted polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs of child sexual assault Thursday
in a case stemming from two young followers he took as brides in what his church calls "spiritual marriages."
55-year-old head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints stood stone-faced as the verdict was read.
Jeffs, who acted as his own attorney, faces up to life in prison. The jury went immediately into sentencing proceedings.
They had deliberated on a verdict for more than three hours.
Police had raided the group's remote West Texas ranch
in April 2008, finding women dressed in frontier-style dresses and hairdos from the 19th century as well as seeing underage
girls who were clearly pregnant. The call to an abuse hotline that spurred the raid turned out to be a hoax, and more than
400 children who had been placed in protective custody were eventually returned to their families.
brought charges against several men from the group, with Jeffs by far the highest-profile defendant.
DNA evidence to show Jeffs fathered a child with a 15-year-old girl and played an audio recording of what they said was him
sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl. They also played audio recordings in which Jeffs was heard instructing young women
on how to please him sexually.
Jeffs has claimed he was the victim of religious persecution. The FLDS, which has at
least 10,000 members nationwide, is a radical offshoot of mainstream Mormonism. The church believes polygamy brings exaltation
in heaven and that Jeffs is God's spokesman on earth.
Jeffs stood mute and expressionless, staring at the floor, for
all but a few seconds of the half hour he was allotted for a closing argument on Thursday. At one point he mumbled, "I
am peace," and said no more.
The only noise in the courtroom was the creaking of wooden benches brimming with
Prosecutors said the case had nothing to do with his church or his beliefs.
"You have heard
the defendant make repeated arguments about religious freedoms," said lead prosecutor Eric Nichols. "Make no mistake,
this case is not about any people, this case is not about any religion. It is about one individual, Warren Steed Jeffs, and
Prosecutors relied heavily on information found during the raid on the compound and after a traffic
stop in Nevada in 2006, when Jeffs was arrested. Much of the material was discovered in a vault at the end of a secret passageway
in the temple and another vault in an annex building.
"You might have asked yourselves," Nichols said, "a
lot of people may ask, why would someone record sex? ... This individual considers himself to be the prophet. Everything he
did, hour after hour, he was required to keep a record of that."
On one of the tapes played at the trial, Jeffs
made a reference to "drawing close" or "being close," which authorities testified is how church members
refer to sex. Two female voices said "OK."
"A good wife is trained for her husband and follows the spirit
of peace," Jeffs was heard saying.
Another audio tape included Jeffs and the younger girl from a recording made
in August 2006 at the Texas compound, according to testimony from Nick Hanna, a Texas Ranger involved in the 2008 raid.
in court, it was difficult to decipher, but Jeffs' and a female voice are heard. He says, "I perform this service in
the name of Jesus Christ, Amen," then mentions the alleged victim by name. When she says something, he responds, "don't
talk while praying." Several minutes of heavy breathing followed.
The jury wore headphones to better hear the
recording and also followed a transcript. One female juror covered her face with her hand as she listened.
himself after firing seven attorneys in the six months leading to the trial. He broke his courtroom silence with an objection
marked by a nearly hourlong speech defending polygamy, and twice threatened the judge and the court with warnings of punishment
He refused to cross-examine the state's witnesses, and delayed giving an opening statement until he began
presenting his own defence. In that statement, he evoked images of the civil rights movement and mentioned former Mormon leader
Joseph Smith Jr. He also asked the jury to remember constitutional guarantees of religious freedom.
The lone defence
witness Jeffs called, church elder JD Roundy, spent about 10 minutes on the stand Thursday discussing FLDS history after 4
1/2 hours of testimony Wednesday evening.
Jeffs failed three times to remove state District Judge Barbara Walther from
the case, the last rejection coming even without a hearing. He claimed Walther was biased because she issued the warrant for
the original raid and was frequently updated as it progressed.
Eleven other FLDS men were charged with crimes including
sexual assault and bigamy. All seven of those who have been prosecuted were convicted, receiving prison sentences of between
six and 75 years.
Thu Aug. 04 2011 8:50:29 PM | The Canadian Press
Extradition of Canadians in child porn case
up to minister
TORONTO — A justice
ministry spokeswoman says one of two Canadians wanted in the U.S. on child pornography charges has already been cleared for
extradition by the courts.
Paul Graham Fry and Brandon William Lane are among 72 people indicted in the U.S. on charges
of allegedly participating in an international child pornography network.
Carole Saindon says a London, Ont., court
ordered Fry committed to custody on May 19 to await an extradition decision from Justice Minister Rob Nicholson.
would not say if Fry has been extradited or if Nicholson has approved the extradition.
Fry was arrested Dec. 2 in Waterloo,
Ont., the same day that Lane was arrested in Kingston, Ont., where he is to appear in court on Aug. 19.
a U.S. indictment released Wednesday, Lane and Fry are charged with engaging in a child exploitation enterprise, conspiracy
to advertise the distribution of child pornography, and conspiracy to distribute child pornography.
The U.S. justice
department alleges numerous participants in the network sexually abused children aged 12 and under, produced images and video
of the abuse and then shared it with other members of an online bulletin board called Dreamworld.
U.S. Attorney General
Eric Holder called the called the activity a "nightmare" for the children and said that some of the children featured
in the images and videos were just infants.
Thu Aug. 04 2011 12:51:26 PM | cp24.com
Police blotter: Happening now in T.O.
Thursday August 4, 2011
in child porn investigation
Police are looking for additional victims after a Toronto man was charged with
a number of offences related to the possession and distribution of child pornography.
On Wednesday, members of the
Toronto Police Service's sex crimes unit executed a search warrant downtown.
As a result of that warrant, police made
one arrest and seized a quantity of children's clothing and computer equipment.
Steven Lloyd, 41, is facing
two counts of possession of child pornography, two counts of distribution of child pornography and one count of accessing
He was scheduled to appear in court Thursday morning.
Anyone with information is asked to
contact police at (416) 808-8500 or Crime Stoppers at (416) 222-TIPS
Retired cop charged with luring young girl 76 By Rob Lamberti ,Toronto Sun
Retired Peterborough cop Douglas Ralph Bronson, 51, is charged with luring a child via computer and invitation to sexual
touching under 16 years of age.
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TORONTO - A retired Peterborough cop was arrested
in a sting operation after setting up an alleged meeting for a tryst with a young girl.
A man was arrested Tuesday in
Durham Region after he thought he set up a meeting with a girl under 16, but who in reality was an undercover cop, OPP Det.-Sgt.
Paul Thompson with the child sexual exploitation section said Wednesday.
Police are also trying to determine if there
are other victims who may have been approached by the suspect, police said.
“We have no reason to believe (there
are other victims) but the nature of the offence ... this person in this particular situation travelled to meet what he thought
was going to be a young person,” Thompson said.
“In fact, he met an undercover police officer and got arrested,”
The girl’s family called police in Lindsay about the child having inappropriate conversations with an
An officer assumed the identity of the victim and the six-month investigation ended with a meeting set up for
Tuesday, Thompson said.
“It was a real sting,” he said. “This person travelled approximately an hour
to meet somebody. That certainly raises a concern for the public, it raises a high level of concern for the police.”
arrest of a retired cop didn’t raise eyebrows among investigators, he said.
“We’ve certainly arrested
clergy, physicians, police officers, firefighters,” Thompson said. “We treat them all the same going into it.”
suspect on his LinkedIn site described himself as a veteran of 20 years of policing, having a good understanding of computers
and “leadership qualities as a business owner and sergeant in charge of over 20 people.”
On the dating site
Perfspot.com, he described himself as divorced and “tall, dark and handsome and did I mention modest.”
Ralph Bronson, 51, of Peterborough, is charged with luring a child via computer and invitation to sexual touching under 16
years of age.
Investigators executed a search warrant at a Peterborough home on Tuesday and seized a number of thumb
drives, hard discs and other potential evidence.
If anyone had any dealings with Bronson they should call the OPP’s
child sexual exploitation section at 705-330-3240.
Newmarket man charged with child pornography offences
Published On Thu Jul 28 2011
Newmarket man has been charged with child pornography offences.
The York Regional Police Internet Child Exploitation
unit received information from Toronto police that led them to investigate the man. After obtaining and executing a search
warrant at a Newmarket residence, they arrested Christopher Holowatyj.
He is charged with possessing child pornography,
making it available and breach of recognizance.
Holowatyj was scheduled to appear in court in Newmarket on Thursday.
Durham police warn convicted sex offender living in Whitby
2011/06/30 | Ashleigh Smollet, CityNews.ca
William Shorten. Courtesy DURHAM REGIONAL POLICE.
Police are advising residents in Whitby that a man convicted of sexual assaults
against children is now living in the area.
Investigators say William Shorten, 44, recently moved to central Whitby.
Between 1998 and 2007, Shorten was convicted of 12 sexual offences against children between the ages of 5 and 14.
Shorten didn’t know any of his victims, and the assaults all occurred in public places.
Police say he is
well within his rights to live in Whitby, and is being supervised by a probation officer. He is prohibited from visiting public
parks or swimming pools when children are present, playgrounds, daycare facilities or arcades. He is also banned from jobs
or volunteer work that involve children.
Parents are advised to report any suspicious activity to the Durham Regional
Police Offender Management Unit at (905) 579-1520 ext. 5357.
Man charged in sexual assault on teenage girl
Monday Jun. 27, 2011 12:58 PM ET
A Toronto man has been charged in a sexual assault on a teenage
girl and investigators say they believe there may be other victims.
Police said a man went to a youth shelter on June
10 where he offered a 17-year-old girl a job.
He then allegedly took the girl to his business where he gave her alcohol
and drugs and sexually assaulted her.
The man is described as brown, 5'7" and 150 lbs. According to a police statement,
the man has short, black, thinning hair, a long face and weak chin.
He is known as "Abby" and police said
the man targets girls living in youth shelters, specifically those looking for employment.
Police said the investigation
Ramalingam Abayaharan, 53, of Toronto has been charged with one count each of sexual exploitation and sexual
arrested for sexual assault of 13-year-old girl
On Fri Jun 10 2011
man faces four charges after a man allegedly lured a 13-year-old girl over the Internet and sexually assaulted her.
say a girl met a man over the Internet in 2008 and was lured into meeting him in Brampton.
When the girl met the man,
he allegedly sexually assaulted her, police say.
Police believe there may be more victims.
Luceno of Toronto was arrested on Monday and charged with luring a child under 16, invitation to sexual touching, sexual assault
and sexual interference
School worker faces six sex-assault-related charges
Published On Thu Jun 9 2011
Louis McRae, 32, of Toronto, faces six sex-assault related charges. McRae worked as a youth
program coordinator for an after-school program at Joseph Brant Senior Public School in Scarborough.Toronto
A worker at Joseph Brant Senior Public School in Scarborough
faces six sexual-assault-related charges.
It is alleged that he sexually assaulted a student at the school.
Tuesday, the man was arrested and charged after a sex assault investigation that had been going on since early May.
suspect is identified as a youth program coordinator for an after-school program at the middle school on Manse Rd.
is charged with three counts of sexual assault, two counts of sexual interference and an invitation to sexual touching.
School librarian on trial for sex assault on students aged 5, 6,
Published On Tue May 10 2011
An 8-year-old girl on Tuesday said her school librarian made her touch him
inappropriately on five different occasions when she was in Grade 1 at a Brampton French immersion school.
on closed circuit television from another room in a Brampton courthouse, she explained how the sexual touching took place
when she was 6 years old in a small room in a library at Carrefour Des Jeunes Public School in Brampton in 2008.
was aged 6 at the time and revealed what happened initially to another student and later to her babysitter and mother.
Anthoo, 38, has pleaded not guilty to sexual assault, sexual interference and invitation to sexual touching in connection
with the offences allegedly committed against the girl during a 72-day period ending on Nov. 11, 2008.
pleaded not guilty to the same charges involving a 5-year-old boy and an 11-year-old girl at a summer day camp connected to
the school where he worked as a camp counsellor in the summer of 2008.
In her opening address, Crown prosecutor Jennifer
Goulin told jurors the boy and 11-year-old girl will testify how Anthoo used various ploys at summer camp in the commission
of the alleged offences.
The trial before Justice Tom Bielby is expected to last three weeks. The names of the victims
and some witnesses are under a publication ban.
On Tuesday, jurors saw photos of the room where Anthoo is alleged to
have sexually assaulted the 6-year-old girl.
Under cross-examination by defence lawyer Jody Berkes, the girl said she
didn’t try to run away from Anthoo because she was “afraid” she would get in trouble.
One of the alleged
offences occurred after Anthoo helped her make a birthday card for her teacher, she said. Another happened when Anthoo called
her out of class because he needed her help in the library, she said.
She eventually told her babysitter, she told the
court, because she was “worried” and “scared.” She felt sick when she told her mom. “I thought
it was my fault,” she said.
The trial is continuing.
Babysitter guilty of sex assaults that began when girl was 4
Published On Mon Apr 18 2011
A male babysitter has been found guilty of sexually interfering with the young
daughter of a friend in several incidents starting when she was 4.
Benjamin Phillips, 71, showed no reaction when Ontario
Superior Court Justice Faye McWatt called his denials of the repeated incidents unbelievable.
to prove you’re innocent,” the retired building superintendent told the Toronto Star as he left
the University Ave. courthouse Monday. “It never happened.”
But McWatt convicted him of sexual assault,
sexual interference and invitation to sexual touching with respect to six incidents starting in 1993 when the girl, the daughter
of a friend, was 4.
He stopped seeing the family when she was 11.
The incidents involved kisses, fondling and
a sexual act but not intercourse.
Five incidents occurred in her mother’s east end addresses. One happened in
Phillips’ Scarborough apartment.
The victim testified that he warned her: “Don’t tell your mother.”
told prosecutor Kosta Stratos she knew what he was doing was wrong but was too confused and afraid to tell her mother.
was embarrassed and scared about what Mr. Phillips had done and she wanted to forget it,” the judge said.
the victim said the attacks continued to haunt her through high school and university.
At university she got counselling,
and that resulted in the incidents being reported, the judge said.
“I believe her,” the judge said, calling
the victim highly intelligent and having “a remarkable memory.”
The victim’s mother testified that
when she found out she confronted Phillips, calling him a “filthy pig and child molester,” but he denied the incidents
occurred or, alternatively, said the perpetrator might have been someone else. No other man had babysat the victim.
mother testified that she was furious, telling him he would burn in hell, and he replied “I know.”
found this to be tantamount to a confession, though he would later phone and leave a message saying: “No little b---h
is going to ruin” his good name, the judge said.
He also made veiled threats, telling the mother he had spies
in her neighbourhood, the judge said.
Phillips, a divorced father of three, took the stand in his defence, denying that
the incidents occurred, or saying that a friend, now deceased, may have been responsible for at least one of the incidents.
“I find Mr. Phillips’ evidence unbelievable,” the judge said.
He remains out of jail and returns
for sentencing June 27.
Girl, 16, sexually assaulted
Published On Sat Apr 9 2011
police have charged a Thornhill man with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl.
Officers arrested the suspect on Friday
following an investigation led by the Child Exploitation Section of Toronto police’s sex crimes unit.
44, has been charged with sexual assault, invitation to sexual touching and sexual interference.
Man arrested in sex assault on 4-year-old girl
Published On Sat apr 9 2011
man is facing two charges in relation to a sexual assault investigation involving a 4-year-old girl.
Police said they
responded to a call about a sexual assault Saturday afternoon at an address in the Jane St. and Finch Ave. area.
victim, a 4-year-old girl, was in the care of a babysitter at the time of the assault. Police said the accused is the husband
of the caregiver.
Ramesh Kishore, 51, of Toronto is charged with sexual assault and sexual interference. He is schedule
to appear in court Sunday.
Art teacher charged with sexual assault on 10-year-old girl
| CityNews.ca Staff
Toronto police arrested and charged
a teacher on Friday in relation to an alleged sexual assault on a young girl.
Rujian Huang, 46, of Toronto, teaches
art at the Canada Creative Education Centre at 3570 Victoria Park Avenue. He's accused of sexually assaulting a 10-year-old
girl between 2005 and 2006.
Huang, who also goes by the names Ken or Kent, is facing charges of sexual assault,
invitation to sexual touching, and sexual interference.
Police believe there could be more victims, and
are urging anyone with information to contact them at 416-808-4200
. You can also leave an anonymous
tip at Crime Stoppers - 416-222-TIPS (8477)
, online at www.222tips.com
, text TOR
and your message to CRIMES (274637)
, or Leave A Tip on Facebook
Oshawa teacher facing child porn charges after allegedly posing as girl on Facebook
2011/04/01 | CityNews.ca Staff
Stephen Martin. Courtesy of Durham Police.
An Oshawa teacher is facing child porn charges after allegedly posing as
a girl online but Durham Regional Police say there is no indication he approached children while working.
38, is charged with luring, invitation to sexual touching, possession of child pornography and making child pornography.
He has worked as an elementary school teacher in Durham Region since 1998.
Officers allege the suspect posed as a young
woman on Facebook and via numerous email aliases, encouraging young men to send him nude or sexually explicit images. He then
allegedly used these images to make pornography, police say.
Police say the suspect had the Facebook profile Ashley
Mtthws and his Hotmail accounts were under the assumed name of Ashley M or Ashley Matthews.
Martin was arrested on Wednesday
at his home on Magnolia Avenue, in the Harmony and Taunton Roads area. Police seized several computers and computer-related
equipment as part of the raid.
According to police, the suspect worked at the following schools over the past 13 years:
CF Cannon Public School
- Norman Powers Public School
- Sir William Stephenson Public School
Dunbar Public School
- Sir John A McDonald
- Cadarackque Public School
The online handles
he allegedly used were as follows:
Anyone with new information can call police at 1-888-579-1520.
Anonymous tips can be made to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at www.durhamregionalcrimestoppers.ca.
Toronto police officer accused of sex crimes
against two boys
2011/03/29 | Marcia Chen and Michael Talbot, CityNews.ca
Constable Brandon Fraser. Courtesy of Toronto Police Service.
A rookie Toronto police officer has been accused of sexual crimes against
two teenaged boys, and police believe there may be more victims.
Const. Brendon Fraser, 24, was arrested on Monday
evening and charged with one count each of sexual assault, sexual interference and sexual exploitation in connection with
The Scarborough-based officer – who joined the force seven months ago – allegedly sexually
assaulted a 14-year-old boy between January and May 2009 and engaged in an inappropriate sexual relationship with a 16-year-old
between last September and this month.
"One allegation took place before he became a police officer, and the second
allegations relates to when he was a police officer," revealed Toronto Police spokesperson Mark Pugash.
believe there may be other victims," he added. "One of the things that we have to look at in addition to the
criminal charges, is the background process and see, 'did it fall through the cracks, or didn't it?' and if it did we want
to know why."
Fraser appeared in an Old City Hall court Tuesday morning. His bail hearing was put over until
His lawyer said he was 'internet' friends with the alleged victims.
"Obviously he's devastated,"
said Fraser's attorney Gary Clewley. "He's in a jail cell and he's a police officer so it's not a very good situation
but we are working on getting him out."
"This is not a job-related thing," he added. "Let's
remember that's he's presumed innocent."
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 416-808-2827,
Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), go online at www.222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637), or leave a tip on Facebook.
minor hockey coach facing additional child porn charges
2011/03/18 | Shawne McKeown, CityNews.ca
minor hockey coach accused of sexual assault is facing more charges, Hamilton Police said this week.
46, was arrested and charged Feb. 10 after officers responded to a call about a dispute at a home on the Hamilton Mountain.
Authorities launched an historical sexual assault investigation and allege incidents occurred between 2001 and
2006, while the accused was a coach for the Mount Hamilton Minor Hockey Association.
McKinnon was released on bail
with conditions and the Mount Hamilton hockey association banned him from coaching while his case is before the courts.
He was originally charged with sexual assault, sexual exploitation, sexual interference, invitation to sexual touching
and production of child pornography.
This week police tacked on more charges, including assault, voyeurism and
additional child pornography counts.
Authorities said they believe there may be more victims and are asking anyone
with information to call them at 905-546-4614.
With files from The Canadian Press.
Cookstown man accused of luring, sexually assaulting 14-year-old
| CityNews.ca Staff
Matthew Ironstone, 52. Image courtesy of Toronto Police.
A 52-year-old man is accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old boy he met
online and police said they believe there may be other victims.
Authorities allege the Cookstown, Ont. man met
the boy on the social networking site Tagged.com.
Matthew Ironstone is charged with sexual assault, sexual interference
and luring a child with a computer.
He’s scheduled to appear in court Monday.
there may be other victims and are asking anyone with information to contact Toronto Police’s Child Exploitation Unit
at (416) 808-8500 or Crime Stoppers at (416) 222-TIPS.
Former youth mentor secretly filmed sex with teen
Published On Thu Mar 10 2011
Etobicoke youth mentor has been acquitted of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl but convicted of secretly making videos
of their encounters.
Gordon Skinner, 56, originally faced 29 charges, including sexually assaulting and exploiting
two girls. But the Crown dropped the charges with respect to one of the girls.
The remaining girl, to whom the convictions
relate, alleged they sometimes had consensual sex over almost three years starting when she was 15, but that she later complied
because he threatened her and her family.
But Ontario Superior Court Justice Jane Kelly ruled Thursday that Skinner
and the girl had only consensual sex — when she was 17 — and the relationship soured after she insisted he call
her his girlfriend.
When he refused, she threatened to tell police he had raped her, the judge found.
Skinner then told her he had secretly videotaped three of their sexual encounters and, in a desperate attempt to dissuade
her from going to police, threatened to show them to her family, friends and on the Internet.
The judge found Skinner
guilty of seven counts regarding making, possessing and distributing child pornography saying, “I find that Mr. Skinner
possessed the child pornography for purposes of making the sex tapes available to others.”
Crown prosecutor Shane
Hobson alleged that Skinner was in a position of trust toward the girl, whom he sometimes advised, but the judge found otherwise.
Although Skinner had been a mentor for troubled boys at the Etobicoke middle school the girl attended, he had little
contact with her at that time, the judge found.
He did hire her for a summer youth project he ran, but their sexual
relationship began four months after the job ended, the judge said.
“There is no doubt that the relationship
is ‘creepy,’” Kelly said, especially considering the secret sex tapes, “however ‘creepy’
does not make the behaviour illegal.”
Defence lawyer Rohan Robinson argued that Skinner made the sex tapes with
the legitimate purpose of proving their relationship consensual.
But the judge found he made them for his own pleasure.
Robinson said in an interview that his client is happy he was acquitted of the most troubling charges.
remains on bail and returns to set a date for sentencing April 7.
child molester guilty once again
Dennis James Taylor, 52, was found guilty of sexually assaulting a 5-year-old boy in 2009.Handout/Toronto Star
A jury has taken only half an hour to
find a Toronto man once declared a dangerous offender guilty of sexually assaulting a 5-year-old boy.
But the jury came
to its verdict Monday without knowing that Dennis James Taylor, 52, had been found guilty of seven previous sex charges dating
back to 1976 and had once been declared a dangerous offender.
After the verdict, prosecutors Rachel Young and Deborah
Krick told Ontario Superior Court Justice Janet Wilson that they want to have Taylor assessed by a psychiatrist as a first
step toward possibly declaring him a dangerous offender once again.
“My client has respect for the jury,”
Taylor’s lawyer, Ari Goldkind, said after the verdict. “It was a difficult case.
“My client understands
he will have a tough road ahead but he is reasonable and realistic about his situation.”
The victim in the latest
case, now 6, testified at a brief trial last week that on a visit to Taylor’s Sherbourne St. apartment on Aug. 27, 2009,
the man pulled down his pants, put him on a bed and “touched him on the skin.”
“He did not have a
word for the part of the body that was touched,” Young told the jury Thursday, in her final submissions.
he was able to point to it” both in a videotaped police interview and when he testified, she added. “He was pointing
to his crotch.”
In 1990, when Taylor was last convicted, he was sentenced to nine years in prison for assaulting
four children in Ottawa between July 1988 and February 1989 and declared a dangerous offender.
The Ottawa Citizen
reported that Taylor, a bisexual pedophile, pleaded guilty to three sexual assaults on boys and sexually touching a girl.
The sentencing judge, James Fontana, rejected the Crown’s request to give Taylor an indefinite prison term, available
for dangerous offenders, reasoning that it was tantamount to a life sentence.
In the latest case, surveillance video
shows the boy had his pants on frontwards when he got into the apartment building’s elevator with Taylor, but reveals
him coming back from the man’s unit with his pants on backwards.
The boy’s great aunt, with whom he was
staying, testified last week that when she saw his pants on backwards she told a friend and they decided to inform building
security. Security called police.
The boy loved Taylor’s dog, Bella, and frequently played with it, the great
“She had trusted Mr. Taylor to take (the boy) upstairs. She thought (he) was going to play with Bella,”
Young told the jury.
Taylor returns to court Tuesday.
Peel police arrest man in a 2002 violent sexual assault
Published 57 minutes ago
A 46-year-old was arrested for an alleged violent sexual assault on a 13-year-old
girl nine years ago, Peel Regional Police said.
The Special Victims Unit began the investigation after the victim, now
21, came forward, police said Friday.
Police said the assault occurred on Bromsgrove Rd., near Southdown Rd. and Royal
Windsor Dr., in Mississauga, where the accused used to live.
He now resides in Waterdown, which is just west of Burlington.
Doran was arrested on Wednesday and faces a number of charges, including sexual assault with a weapon, sexual interference
and invitation to sexual touching.
“Investigators are concerned Doran may have sexually assaulted other young
girls from 2002 onwards, who for personal reasons, have chosen not to disclose to police,” police said in a statement.
Hamilton Hockey Coach Facing Child Porn, Sexual Assault Charges
2011/02/11 | CityNews.ca
A Hamilton hockey coach is facing several charges, including
production of child pornography and sexual assault, police said Friday.
Officers responded to a report of a dispute
at a home on the Hamilton Mountain Thursday. Through the course of their investigation police said a sexual assault that occurred
sometime between 2001 and 2006 was reported.
Authorities executed a search warrant at the home and charged a 46-year-old
man, who police say coaches in the Mount Hamilton Minor Hockey Association Minor Pee Wee Division.
Police are releasing few details about the investigation to protect the identity of the alleged
Richard McKinnon is charged with sexual assault, sexual interference, invitation to sexual touching, sexual
exploitation and production of child pornography.
Police believe there may be other victims and are asking anyone
with information to contact them at 905-546-4614 or 905-540-5543. You can also call Crime
Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
TV reporter subject of large child sex invsetigation
Global BC reporter Ron Bencze leaves Surrey provincial court after being charged with five
sex-related charges against a minor. Jan. 18, 2011. (CTV)
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Date: Monday Feb.
7, 2011 5:42 PM PT
A B.C. television reporter facing child sex abuse charges is the subject of
a "very large" investigation, and police are searching for more alleged victims.
Veteran Global BC journalist
Ron Bencze faces five charges, including two counts of sexual interference with a person under 16 and two of invitation to
sexual touching involving a person under 16. The alleged offences involve one alleged victim and date back to 2001, when the
child was just six years old.
RCMP Cpl. Drew Grainger told CTV News that the investigation into Bencze is still underway,
and more children are being interviewed.
t's a very large active investigation, which is ongoing," Grainger
said. "There's still several witnesses that our serious crimes investigators are still speaking to and we are still trying
to determine if there are any other victims that have been identified in this matter."
Bencze, 44, was an assistant
coach for Surrey United Soccer Club for the past five years.
He was scheduled to appear in Surrey provincial court
on Monday, but a lawyer attended on his behalf instead. His next scheduled court appearance is Feb. 28.
charged in January after a brief two-day investigation by police. He has since been suspended from his job at Global BC.
longtime broadcaster started his nearly two-decade media career in his hometown of Kamloops, where he produced and hosted
a children's variety show.
He joined Global BC in August 2004 and has since won accolades for his work on the Robert
Pickton serial killer trial as well as a 2005 series on crystal meth.
Richmond Hill man jailed in Scotland for luring girl over Internet
RICHMOND HILL, Ont. —
Police say a man from Richmond Hill, Ont., has been jailed in Scotland in a child luring case.
Police in Sanquhar,
Scotland allege they arrested a man who travelled to Scotland last April to have sex with a 15-year-old girl he met over the
York Region police say evidence found on two computers seized at a Richmond Hill residence supported the
luring allegations in Scotland.
Police say Serge Arseneault, 31, pleaded guilty to luring charges in Scotland.
was sentenced Jan. 25 to 16 months in jail in Scotland and placed on a sex offenders register.
Man jailed after inappropriately touching girl at hotel pool
NEWMARKET, Ont. — A
48-year-old Toronto man who touched a young girl at a hotel swimming pool has been sentenced to jail.
Hourigan sentenced Edgardo Mejia to four months in jail in addition to the 54 days of pre-trial custody he already served.
Mejia, who pleaded guilty to sexual interference in November, was also placed on probation for three years.
approached the seven-year-old victim in the pool area of a Vaughan, Ont., hotel on July 14, 2007.
Court heard he engaged
the girl in conversation and then inappropriately touched her.
Mejia was arrested and charged shortly after the incident.
Brantford youth worker charged with child porn offences
CTV Southwestern Ontario
Monday Jan. 3, 2011 4:49 PM ET
Gregory William Pickard, 40, who works at a Brantford group home
for youths, has been charged with possessing child pornography.
Pickard is also reportedly actively involved in working
with children and youth at his church in the community, police say.
The charges follow a search of his Magnolia Street
home by Brantford Police on the morning of Jan. 1. Police say several items were seized at the residence.
a court appearance by video link on Jan. 2, however the investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information is asked
to contact Brantford Police Det. Steve Bebee of the Child Exploitation Unit at 519-756-0113 Ext. 2207 or Brant-Brantford Crime
Stoppers at 519-750-8477.
Child porn investigation
leads to seven arrests
CTV Southwestern Ontario
Wednesday Jan. 26, 2011 2:37 PM ET
London police say 47 charges were laid against suspects across
southwestern Ontario on Tuesday following a coordinated child porn investigation.
London Police, the OPP and Waterloo
Regional Police were all involved in the investigation and arrests as part of the Provincial Strategy to Protect Children
from Sexual Abuse and Exploitation on the Internet.
Charges include accessing, possessing, distributing, making available
and producing child pornography, luring and various drug offences.
Five people from London have been arrested and charged
including; Ian Twigg, 22, Douglas Weir, 64, Gilbert Gilbert, 44, Todd Wilson, 44 and a 15-year-old male.
in Waterloo Region have been arrested and charged, including 35-year-old Marc Rempel and a 17-year-old male, both charged
with possessing, accessing and distributing child pornography.
Arrested In 1975 Alleged Sex Assault
2011/01/11 | CityNews.ca Staff
Jon James Maillard
Police have arrested a man in connection with sexual assaults dating back to 1975.
Officers allege the accused
assaulted two young girls between 1975 and 1982.
The accused was an active member of the West Rouge Community Church,
in the Port Union Road and Highway 401 area, and police believe there may be more victims.
Jon James Maillard,
70, of Toronto, is charged with:
- two counts of Indecent Act on Female
- Sexual Assault
High school teacher charged in decades-old sexual assaults
Published On Fri Dec 10 2010
Robert Pickering, of Kettleby, Ont., faces two charges of sexual assault, one count of sexual
exploitation and seduction of a female between 16 and 18 years old.torontowaldorfschool.com
York Regional police have charged a private school teacher after two former students
alleged they were sexually assaulted decades ago.
Acting Det. Sgt. Joanne Waite said a 56-year-old teacher has been
charged after two victims came forward, more than 18 years later.
Police said the attacks allegedly happened when both
girls were 17 years old, in 1985 and 1992, at the Toronto Waldorf School in Vaughan.
“They’re not friends
or acquaintances. They didn’t know each other,” Waite said. “The connection between them is really the school.”
said the accused was a guidance counsellor for at least one of the victims and he is currently still employed at the school.
school’s administrator, Michèle Andrews, said staff and parents are “pretty devastated.”
former students approached the school around three-and-a-half weeks ago,” Andrews said. “We immediately felt this
was something we should turn over to the police.”
The man, who teaches high school science and music, was suspended
with pay while police investigate. He’s worked at Toronto Waldorf for 27 years.
“He is a very well-respected
staff member,” Andrews said, but said the school cannot reveal if any previous allegations were made against the teacher.
“I’ve been asked not to comment on anything historical as this is an active police investigation,”
She added the women “found each before approaching the school” although they did not attend
Toronto Waldorf at the same time.
“I think they are pretty courageous women who are coming forward with great
good will. We’ve offered them all sorts of kind of support,” Andrews said. “And ultimately we’re hoping
the truth comes out.”
Students and parents were informed about the allegations on Nov. 16, shortly after the
women came forward, Andrews said.
“We’re also reaching out to all of our alumni,” Andrews said, as
these alleged crimes happened decades ago.
Investigators believe there may be more victims and urge anyone with information
to call the police.
Toronto Waldorf is a private school of 350 kindergarten to Grade 12 students located at 9100 Bathurst
St., near Rutherford Rd.
Robert Pickering, of Kettleby, Ont., faces two charges of sexual assault, one count of sexual
exploitation and seduction of a female between 16 and 18 years old.
7 GTA men arrested in international child porn probe
Published On Wed Dec 8 2010
Randy Miller, 40, of Napanee, a professional clown known as Honker and a volunteer beaver scout
leader, faces a sexual assault charge and two counts of making and possessing child pornography. SUPPLIED
An Anglican priest, professional clown, university researcher and residence
don are among the Canadian men arrested in an international Internet child porn sweep.
A high-profile B.C. sex offender
was also one of the many suspects rounded up in the year-long multi-force investigation.
The child exploitation and
image trading network has been shut down with the arrests of 57 men, including 25 in Canada and seven in the GTA, police said
Project Sanctuary began with the arrest of a priest in Newfoundland last December, a month after police intercepted
images of child pornography during the initial online sting that soon spread to include 13 police agencies in Canada, the
U.S. and Europe.
Rev. Robin Barrett, 51, of Conception Bay South was the first to be charged and he was sentenced to
a 2½-year jail term in September.
Investigators traced the images of 45 children, aged 4 to 15, which were produced
and swapped on the Internet by men in North America and across the Atlantic.
The images were of boys and girls. Some
of the men arrested are not being identified because they are related to the victims, police say.
was chosen because it talks about a place where people can get away from danger,” Toronto police Det. Paul Krawczyk
of the sex crimes unit told a news conference.
Unfortunately, “the trading of these images will never go away”
as they are permanently in the public domain every time they were saved on users’ computers, Krawczyk said.
the arrest in Newfoundland, police forces in the GTA, across Canada, the U.S. and Europe worked together to track people active
in the child porn network.
Krawczyk said those arrested were from all walks of life and ranged in age from 20 to 68.
Some have already been convicted and sentenced to jail terms ranging from 30 months to 25 years.
The 25 Canadian men
face a total of 131 charges. Krawczyk did not reveal specifics, saying only that “the way they were sharing images online
is a commonality.”
He said 25 children, including 12 in Canada, have been rescued and taken into the care of local
child protection agencies or relatives.
“It’s terrible what these children go through,” said Krawczyk.
“When you look into the children’s eyes every day, how can you not go to every length to stop it?”
those arrested in the Toronto area are: York University fellow Richard Dyde, 47, and Toby Stimpson, 24, a York University
residence don, both charged with various counts of making available and possessing child pornography.
Dyde was additionally
charged with making child pornography.
Others arrested in the GTA are: Jonah Whitehouse, 31, of Toronto, Erin Holder
(a.k.a. Erin Wilson), 26, of Toronto, Michael Pellow, 68, of Toronto, Christopher Holowatyj, 20, of Newmarket, and Trevor
Partridge, 44, of Bowmanville. Kevin Sheppard, 41, of Barrie also faces charges.
Randy Miller, 40, of Napanee, a professional
clown known as Honker and a volunteer beaver scout leader, faces a sexual assault charge and two counts of making and possessing
Also arrested in Project Sanctuary was David Caza, 47, a convicted pedophile who made headlines in
October 2005 when he was released from prison and settled in Merritt, B.C.
Intense public pressure forced Caza to move
to Kamloops, where rallies drew residents opposed to his presence there.
With a lengthy criminal record that includes
42 convictions, Caza was found guilty of nine sexual offences, one involving three teenaged boys.
He refused all treatment
while in prison and in 2007 Caza was acquitted on a charge of breaching his probation.
In a violation of a court order,
Caza had travelled to Saskatchewan and lived on the streets thus unable to provide his probation officer with a fixed address.
A judge called his situation a catch-22 before acquitting Caza.
Man Who Used Internet Dating Sites Faces Child Porn Charges
2010/12/02 | CityNews.ca
Suspect Robert Rayner (from left) in an undated photo, in 2009, and in 2010.
A 50-year-old man faces four charges related to making and possessing child pornography.
say they searched Robert Rayner’s Toronto home and seized images of children being sexually abused.
had allegedly used internet and telephone dating services to look for single women with children, especially in the Newmarket,
Richmond Hill and Oak Ridges areas.
He has been charged with two counts each of possessing and making child pornography.
Investigators believe there may be more victims.
They are asking anyone who has had contact with Rayner
in the past 10 to 15 years to call them at 416-808-7474
, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS
, go online at www.222tips.com
, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637)
, or Leave A Tip on Facebook
Man Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Two Six-Year-Old Children
| CityNews.ca Staff
Police have charged a Newfoundland man with sexually assaulting two six-year-old children – and investigators believe
there may be more victims.
The alleged assaults date back to 1969.
Officers allege the suspect babysat
a six-year-old girl between 1969 and 1971, and during that time, he sexually assaulted her.
He then allegedly babysat
a six-year-old boy in 1988 and sexually assaulted him.
Thomas Duval, 70, of Deer Lake, Newfoundland, has been charged
- Indecent Assault against a female
- Sexual Assault
If you can help, call police
, Crime Stoppers anonymously 416-222-TIPS (8477)
, online www.222tips.com
, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637)
, or Leave A Tip on Facebook.
Youth jail guard charged over child porn
Published On Mon Nov 29 2010
Bartosz Furmanek, 25, has been charged with possession of child pornography and marijuana.
Brampton’s controversial superjail for teens is under
fire again after police charged a youth services officer with possession of child pornography.
The Peel Regional Police
child-exploitation unit seized a personal electronic device containing graphic images from the employee’s work area
at the Roy McMurtry Youth Centre after receiving a call to investigate.
“We had enough with just what we took
at the scene to lay charges,” Const. George Tudos told the Star. Police said the device seized at the workplace
was an iPod. Police also seized the employee’s home computer.
The Ministry of Children and Youth Services, which
oversees the youth jail, said it is cooperating with authorities. The facility holds youth ages 12-17.
on the device were not related to youth inmates, police said.
Last November, the Toronto Star reported allegations
that youth at the newly built, $93-million facility were deprived of food, programming and subjected to beatings and questionable
The latest charges are a “huge blow to the organization and its plans to turn things around,”
said Irwin Elman, Ontario’s children and youth advocate.
“We’ll make our own inquiries and try to
understand what happened.”
The centre, which opened in the summer of 2009, was supposed to offer “state-of
the-art” programming to empower troubled teens and discourage them from becoming repeat offenders. Highly-trained staff
were supposed to “see youth as having a problem, not being one,” as former chief justice Roy McMurtry noted in
a report he co-authored on the roots of youth violence.
Prompted by scores of complaints from young detainees last year,
Elman’s office launched a review into the facility just months after it opened.
“They talked to me about
a lockdown,” Elman told the Star at the time. “They were telling me that there was a strip search because
there was a DVD missing. There had been a strip search and a full-cavity search for the DVD.”
about violent hazing rituals performed within earshot of staff. One Toronto teen arrived for his court hearing with blackened
eyes and bloodied clothing. He said he was brutally beaten by other inmates throughout the 13 days he spent at the jail awaiting
a bail hearing. His lawyer said staff turned a blind eye.
A senior jail guard at the facility told the Star
the institution was severely understaffed and lacked managerial direction.
The advocate’s report concluded the
facility wasn’t safe for employees or young people.
Premier Dalton McGuinty vowed to address the problems.
office will launch a second, more wide ranging review of the facility in the early New Year when the 192-bed jail is expected
to be operating near capacity.
In a written statement to the Toronto Star, a spokeswoman for the Ministry of
Children and Youth said Minister Laurel Broten “fully supports individuals who report on these issues in the workplace
. . . The Minister's interest always is ensuring that young people in care, including those in Youth Justice facilities are
Bartosz Furmanek, 25, the guard charged, is scheduled to appear in Brampton court on Dec. 6.
jail would not say what action it has taken.
“Unfortunately, we can't release any details about employment or
payment of any past or present employees,” a ministry spokeswoman said.
The Star tried to talk with Furmanek
at his apartment in Georgetown. He would not comment. Brampton lawyer John Thomas Wiley told the Star his client
is innocent until proven guilty.
Diana Zlomislic can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-869-4472.
took photos in change rooms at pools, zoo
On Wed Nov 24 2010
Brian Fothergill, 46, charged in voyeurism investigation.SUBMITTED
“I have had this problem for 30 years,” a professional photographer
told officers when he was arrested for voyeurism. “I have more pictures at home.”
Carrying a digital camera,
Brian Fothergill had entered the boys’ change room at the Jimmy Simpson Recreation Centre on Queen St. E. on April 8,
2009, a court was told Wednesday.
Two fathers were changing their boys, ages 2½ and 6, out of their bathing suits,
which Fothergill furtively photographed.
The father of the younger boy confronted him and told staff.
arrested Fothergill, police retrieved a camera memory stick he had thrown in the change room toilet. It contained pictures
of very young children, fully nude, changing out of clothing, and everyday pictures of his own family, according to an agreed
statement of facts read out in court.
Fothergill, 46, who surreptitiously took pictures of boys changing at public pools
and the Toronto Zoo, pleaded guilty Wednesday to child pornography and voyeurism.
Provincial court Justice Cathy Mocha
sentenced him to two years less a day, plus three years probation, on the joint recommendation of Crown prosecutor Rachel
Young and defence lawyer Craig Penney.
Fothergill has two children and at the time of his arrest had a male partner
who, though now estranged, was briefly in court Wednesday.
Police linked Fothergill to a Jan. 6, 2009, incident at the
recreation centre when a 10-year-old boy noticed him secretly photographing the youngster changing out of his bathing suit.
searched Fothergill’s home, seizing several computers and digital storage devices.
Police identified other photographs
that Fothergill had taken of children 9 or 10 over a long period at the recreation centre.
Police also found pictures
of kids changing at Birchmount Pool, near Birchmount and Kingston Rds., and in the change room near the Toronto Zoo’s
He had eight child pornography videos, and 2,713 child pornography images at home, including 246 photos
he had taken.
Fothergill was released with conditions that included not being near places where children gather, and
not using a computer without software allowing police to monitor its Internet use.
On Sept. 18, 2010, Fothergill was
caught using a laptop in a parked car across from a public library and close to schools, parks and a playground.
found he had a laptop containing child porn and with no Web monitoring software.
Fothergill began to cry and said, “I’ve
been trying so hard.”
Child molesting cop merits 10-12 years, Crown says
Published On Mon Nov 8 2010
Former OPP officer Robert Lewis leaves court in Orangeville on Monday after his sentencing hearing
on his child molestation conviction.JOHN GODDARD/TORONTO STAR
former OPP officer who sexually molested boys for most of his policing career deserves 10 to 12 years behind bars, the prosecution
Robert Lewis, a hulking man who committed his crimes throughout 25 of his 30 years on the force, has
never admitted guilt, expressed remorse or taken responsibility for his actions, Crown prosecutor Mary Ellen Cullen told a
sentencing hearing at Superior Court in Orangeville.
“He is a disgrace to the uniform that he wore,” Cullen
Lewis led a duplicitous life as an apparently caring husband and community man while using his position as a
police officer to commit his acts, she said. On occasion, he committed his crimes in a police cruiser, in uniform.
lawyer Leo Kinahan argued for a term of five to seven years, saying penetration did not occur.
“Sometimes I dream
about getting out of the police car and running, wishing he would just shoot me or run over me,” one victim said in
an impact statement read in court amid stifled sniffles and the rustle of tissue.
“Probably the issue I have to
live with,” another said, “is that if I had come forward and told someone when this was happening, it might have
stopped then. . . . Maybe this all could have stopped long ago if I hadn’t feared reprisals because of Mr. Lewis’s
job as a policeman.”
Cullen said the victims have nothing to apologize for.
Lewis, 63, a towering figure
standing 6-foot-6, entered the courthouse looking puffy and disheveled in a rumpled black suit, accompanied by his wife, Carol.
feature of the case was that Lewis typically abused boys of close family friends. During one incident at a friend’s
home, the boy’s father was upstairs, Cullen said. In another case, the boy’s parents were in the next room.
proceedings, Lewis sat impassively as victims standing to the side and slightly behind him told how his abuse destroyed their
self-esteem, leading to troubles in marriage, other close relationships and sometimes with addiction.
Asked by the judge
if he wished to speak, Lewis said he stands by his not-guilty plea but accepts the decision of the court.
Lewis was found guilty of 19 sex-related offences out of 25 originally brought against him by 10 complainants. The acts took
place between 1969 and 1994. Lewis was first charged in 2006 and convicted after a 35-day trial that began in May 2009.
judge reserved his decision on the sentence.
Child molester declared dangerous offender
Published On thu oct 14 2010
Donald Mumford, a repeat child molester, has been declared a dangerous offender.
An HIV-infected child molester who befriended single mothers to access their sons has been declared a
Donald Mumford has six convictions dating back 30 years for exploiting young boys in Winnipeg and
All his victims were between 7 and 14.
“He is persistent and aggressive in his behaviour when he
commits sexual offences against pubescent and pre-pubescent boys,” Ontario Superior Court Justice Frank Marrocco said
in his ruling released Thursday.
Dressed in an oversized white T-shirt, the 57-year-old pedophile’s mouth twitched
continuously but he showed no reaction to the sentence, which sends him to prison indefinitely.
His most recent offences,
against a 7-year-old Toronto boy, occurred in 2007.
He befriended a poor single mother in Flemingdon Park so he could
groom and molest her son, the judge found. He has admitted that this is his modus operandi.
Tests show he has a sexual
preference for aggression against children. His behaviour escalated in the latest case, where he penetrated the boy with foreign
objects while tape recording the victim in pain.
Mumford told the boy he would kill his mother if he divulged the attacks.
performed sexual acts with the boy despite being HIV-positive. The boy estimated he was assaulted 50 times, but fortunately
he did not contract a sexually transmitted disease.
Marrocco found Mumford guilty of aggravated sexual assault, threatening
death and sexual touching.
“The brutal nature of his behaviour in the case before me compels the conclusion that
in the future his behaviour is unlikely to be inhibited by normal standards of behavioural restraint,” the judge said.
Philip Klassen described Mumford as exploitative and unempathetic.
Klassen predicted that his next offence, if committed,
will be more severe.
Mumford’s lawyer, Peter Bawden, argued that a sentence of 16 years minus pre-trial custody
— followed by a long-term supervision order — would protect the public.
He argued that the risk Mumford
presents will decline as he ages.
But the judge rejected this option, finding that the risk of him offending will only
decline “somewhat” after he turns 60.
Crown prosecutor Jill Witkin told reporters after the decision she
is relieved that the victims and their families can finally gain some closure and that young boys will be protected from future
“He is a live weapon,” she said.
Mumford’s son, Wayne Mumford, is also a
convicted sex offender. The rapist was declared a long-term offender in 2007 after sexually assaulting two Parkdale prostitutes.
Former priest arrested while awaiting sentencing
Published On Wed Oct 6 2010
Donald Grecco, a former priest from the Diocese of St. Catharines, runs from a Hamilton courthouse
after a sentencing hearing last June. He pleaded guilty to sexually molesting three former altar boys.Jim
A former St. Catharines Catholic priest awaiting sentencing
for sexually abusing three altar boys has been arrested for breaching conditions of his release.
Police arrested Donald Grecco, 70, on Wednesday. An officer at the Prince Edward County detachment said more details would
be available Thursday.
It was not immediately clear what condition had been allegedly breached. Such a charge typically
results in automatic jailing. Common release conditions include residing at a specified address and reporting regularly to
Grecco pleaded guilty in March to sexually abusing three former altar boys between 1978 and 1986. Despite complaints
to the diocese, he remained a priest for nearly two more decades.
He was due to be sentenced in a Hamilton court Oct.
29. The sentencing hearing has twice been delayed due to Grecco’s unspecified health problems.
The breach charge
came a day after Mike Blum, one of Grecco’s victims, announced a $3 million civil suit, naming Grecco, the Diocese of St. Catharines and its former bishop James Wingle as defendants.
Blum, now 46, was 14
and serving as an altar boy in a Cayuga church in 1978 when Grecco’s abuse began.
Although Grecco has pleaded
guilty to molesting Blum and two others in criminal court, many of the allegations contained in Blum’s civil suit have
not been proven in court.
The statement of claim has been served on the diocese, but Wingle could not be found.
process servicer was also having trouble serving Grecco at the address where he was expected to be, Blum’s lawyer, Rob
Talach, said on Tuesday.
Thu Sep. 30 2010 2:52:50 PM
School assistant faces 3 charges in sexual
assault case involving boy
The Canadian Press
Leonard Anthony Price has been charged in a sexual assault investigation. (Image courtesy of Toronto
TORONTO — Police say an educational assistant with the Toronto District
School Board is facing three charges in a sexual assault investigation.
It is alleged that between January 2007 and
September this year, the accused befriended a boy and sexually assaulted him.
It's also alleged the accused was in
possession of child pornography.
Police say a man was arrested Sept. 24 in connection with the case.
Anthony Price, 27, of Toronto, is charged with sexual assault, sexual exploitation and possession of child pornography.
scheduled to appear in court Oct. 5.
Police say they believe there may be more victims and are asking anyone with information
to contact police or Crime Stoppers.
Computer Store Owner Charged In Sex Assault Case
2010/09/20 | CityNews.ca Staff
Police have made an arrest
in a sex assault case involving a teenage boy.
They say a man owned a computer store in the Pharmacy and Danforth Avenue
A fifteen-year-old boy was employed at the store.
The suspect allegedly invited the young victim
to the store’s basement to engage in sexual activities.
The store’s owner, Robert Maguire, 60, has
been charged with two counts of invitation to sexual touching.
Police are concerned there may be other victims
in this case.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-4100
or Crime Stoppers
at (416) 222-TIPS (8477)
Man charged with Internet luring
Last Updated: September 2, 201
A 48-year-old Toronto man was allegedly surfing the web
for kids, but he soon found himself tangled up in an undercover sting operation.
Now he’s facing Internet luring
charges as Toronto Police appeal for other possible victims to come forward.
“We know he has been talking with
young people on the Internet,” Det.-Const. Jason Albanese, of the Sex Crimes Unit, alleged Thursday. “But it’s
too early in the investigation to know to what extent.”
Police allege the man recently made contact with what
he believed to be a “young person,” using the Internet and text messaging.
But that young person turned
out to be an officer pretending to be a child, one of the dozens of cops across the province who regularly patrol the web
in search of pedophiles.
John Thomas McBride was arrested Wednesday and charged with luring a child under 16 and attempt
invitation to sexual touching.
He is expected to appear in a College Park courtroom Tuesday.
The accused used
the email address email@example.com and the user names “firerangerca” and “jmcbride.”
said detectives are hoping anyone who had contact with McBride will recognize his e-mail address or user names.
certainly like to speak to them,” he said.
Anyone with information about McBride is urged to call investigators
at 416-808-8500, or Crime Stoppers at 416-222-8477.
B.C. child porn suspect linked to global ring
Last Updated: August 28, 2010 5:39am
- Vancouver high school teacher Christopher Charles Ingvaldson, 40, was among the 11 people arrested in
worldwide child porn ring bust. (Independent Schools Association of BC photo)
A Vancouver high school teacher
arrested in June for child pornography charges has been linked to an alleged international child porn ring that was operating
on popular social networking site Facebook.
One other Canadian - a resident of Kelowna, B.C., - was among the 11 people
arrested worldwide in the bust. He has not been charged.
In Vancouver, Christopher Charles Ingvaldson, 40, was arrested
June 4 and charged with four counts related to possessing and accessing child pornography.
Vancouver police began investigating
Ingvaldson, then a teacher at a private school, after the RCMP was alerted to his alleged involvement in the international
ring by Australian police in May, said Sgt. Tony Cavezza, who heads the Vancouver police vice unit.
no evidence that any of the children in the child porn being distributed were in Vancouver, and are confident that's not the
case, Cavezza said.
Ingvaldson was immediately relieved of his duties by St. George's School, an all-boys school for
students in Grades 1 to 12.
He has been released on bail, and his conditions include not working or volunteering in
a position that would put him in a position of authority over people under 16, Cavezza said.
Ingvaldson's next court
appearance is scheduled for Sept. 21.
Kelowna RCMP arrested a man who was released without charge.
working closely with the Crown on that case and expect to lay charges of possession and distribution of child pornography,
but it is not known when the charges will be laid, Const. Steve Holmes said.
The investigation, dubbed Project Ocean,
was launched by Australian Federal Police (AFP) in March, when an officer created a Facebook account and was approached by
"numerous" users to become friends, Australian Federal Police said in a release.
By engaging with these Facebook
users, police identified the network whose members they allege were exchanging "child exploiting material."
say the network used Facebook to host the images and shared images and videos through the use of private groups.
worked with the RCMP, the FBI and the U.K.'s Child Exploitation Online Protection Centre in the investigation.
commissioner Neil Gaughan, who heads the force's High Tech Crime Centre said in a release that Facebook took action immediately
once it was alerted to the offensive activity.
"Facebook deactivated the online accounts of the initial suspects
but there were indications that, within hours, the groups were re-forming again,'' he said in a release.
In a joint
statement, Facebook and the AFP said they are working on "protocols that will ensure activity of this nature is more
rapidly reported to Australian law enforcement."
The global partnerships involved in this investigation are being
credited for the ability of various forces to react quickly and apprehend suspects in the child porn ring once alerted by
overseas law enforcement agencies.
Cavezza said the "very close working relationship" is a positive aspect
to this case.
"Sometimes criminals use the Internet and feel safe because the anonymity that it affords, and they
feel the safety of their homes or workplaces means that they can conduct this kind of behaviour and not be detected,"
But the international busts should "put criminals on notice," Cavezza said.
have thought that eyes on the other side of the world in Australia would have detected him?"
Convicted sex offender
Ian Green, 45, the alleged head of the network, has been sentenced in British court to four years in prison.
Sussex man pleaded guilty to six counts of making, one count of possessing, seven counts of distributing and 10 counts view
to distributing child porn.
Court heard that Green used 11 different Facebook accounts to distribute indecent images
of children, the BBC reported.
Green was granting selected contacts access to private Facebook groups that contained
Five more suspects were arrested in the U.K. and three men were arrested in Australia, police said.
Ajax man charged with online luring
Last Updated: August 27, 2010 5:47pm
- John Victor Rahal allegedly sought out girls from 10 to 14 years old over the Internet, police say.
An Ajax man is accused of spending hours in front of the computer, luring girls from online chat rooms
before “exposing himself” over webcam.
The 36-year-old man, who lived on Root Cr., near Harwood Ave. N.
and Rossland Rd. E., was arrested Thursday after a nearly three-month investigation that involved undercover officers posing
as girls using online chat rooms, Durham Regional Police Sgt. Nancy van Rooy said Friday.
Investigators allege the man
sought out girls in the “10 to 14 age group,” before engaging in sexual conversations and “exposing himself”
over webcam, van Rooy said.
“He never pretended to be (of the) female gender. He was always male and in some cases
(allegedly) exposed himself to prove (it),” van Rooy said.
There was no indication the man pretended to be younger
than his 36 years, Det. Randy Norton said.
“We’re not sure how many victims are out there,” Norton
said. “He’s very active in the chat rooms (and dating websites) and that’s why we’ve released his
picture. We’re aware of a couple people he’s talked to, but we don’t know who they are.”
said he’s waiting to examine the man’s computer to find further information.
“There were numerous
chat rooms to speak of but no one in particular, so I think he was just a surfer out there trying to be successful luring
anywhere, anytime type thing. I think it’s all this man does, or did,” van Rooy alleged. “He had access
to many computers and spent lots of time. This (allegedly) was a passion, so to speak.”
John Victor Rahal was
arrested during the execution of a search warrant at a Kingston Rd. W. home in Ajax. He is charged with seven counts of Internet
luring of a child, seven counts of invitation to sexual touching, five counts of indecent exposure of genitals to a child
and one count of possession of a controlled substance.
Rahal, who used to live in Oshawa, was known to use screen names
“John_Rahal2003” and “Rahal73.”
His first court appearance was scheduled for Friday.
need to be more diligent and be aware of what their kids are doing on the Internet,” Norton said.
information about the case was asked to contact Norton at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 5363, Det.-Const. Brian Vickers at ext. 5349
or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477 or durhamregionalcrimestoppers.ca.
Bowmanville man charged after child pornography investigation
Published On Thu Aug 19 2010
Trevor Patridge, 44, of Bowmanville, shown in this undated police photo, has been charged with
possessing and making child pornography.TORONTO POLICE SERVICE
man has been arrested after a child pornography investigation undertaken jointly by Toronto and Durham police.
said undercover officers found photos of child sexual abuse on the Internet and traced them to an address in the Regional Road 57 and Baseline Rd. area of Bowmanville.
A search uncovered more photos and videos of child sex abuse in the male suspect’s home.
man has allegedly posed as a 17-year-old and chatted online with girls. He uses the online identifiers “Joe Jones”
Police believe he has approached children in Toronto and Bowmanville.
44, of Bowmanville, has been charged with possessing and making child pornography.
He is scheduled to appear in court
on Aug. 24.
Winnipeg sex offender's freedom short-lived
Last Updated: August 15, 2010 5:00am
- Joshua James Turner, 26, was arrested Saturday for alleged probation violations. (HANDOUT)
- A high-risk sex offender has been arrested in Winnipeg for allegedly violating his probation.
Joshua James Turner,
26, was apprehended without incident about 8:15 p.m. Saturday in the area of Keewatin Street and Notre Dame Avenue. A few
hours earlier, Winnipeg police asked for the public’s help in finding Turner, who had last been seen Friday night in
the city’s downtown area.
In an initial media release, the Winnipeg Police Service said officers were concerned
for Turner’s well-being as he has a number of health issues. Police did not offer any details regarding those issues.
record includes convictions for sexual assault, harassment, indecent phone calls and court-order breaches.
wasn’t the first time city police asked for the public’s help in finding Turner. Last November he was arrested
just one day after he was released from jail. At the time, a source said Turner had walked into a downtown office, locked
the door and asked the female employee — who was alone — for sex. He fled and was arrested at an area hotel shortly
afterward, the source said.
That arrest came a few hours after police released Turner’s photo and description
because he had allegedly walked away from a Winnipeg halfway house a day earlier.
City police also asked for the public’s
help in locating Turner in April 2008 after he allegedly walked away from a halfway house on Arden Avenue in St. Vital, just
a couple of days after being released from the Headingley Correctional Centre.
Turner was arrested two days later in
the 100-block of Main Street after he had allegedly broken into two businesses in the first 100-block of Portage Avenue and
used office telephones to call phone-sex lines and computers to look at Internet pornography, city police said at the time.
November 2004, Turner appeared in the Winnipeg Sun as part of a monthly Crime Stoppers list of wanted criminals. He was accused
of breaching probation orders related to a sexual assault conviction.
More sex charges against Niagara-region teacher
Updated: Wed Aug. 18 2010 4:48:01 PM
Regional Police say they have laid more sex-related charges against a local teacher and horse-riding school operator.
Aug. 10, police said Greg Hamelin, 52, of Lincoln, had been charged with two offences:
- luring a child to facilitate
the making of child pornography
- luring a child to facilitate the offence of invitation to sexual touching
is alleged that the accused made inappropriate comments to a young person via text messages and invited her to engage in sexual
activity," police said Wednesday in a news release.
Police said they have identified more alleged victims.
a result, the following additional charges have been laid against Hamelin:
- invitation to sexual touching (three
- luring a child to facilitate the offence of invitation to sexual touching (two counts)
- sexual exploitation
- sexual exploitation of a person with a disability
"All of the alleged offences occurred
between January 2003 and August 2010 and the victims were young females," police said.
Hamelin works as an elementary
school teacher with the District School Board of Niagara and operates Glacier Creek Farm, a horse-riding facility in Lincoln.
is in police custody. He has a bail hearing scheduled in St. Catharines for Aug. 24.
No allegations against Hamelin
have been proven in a court of law.
"Police continue to investigate this matter and ask anyone with information
to contact the Niagara Regional Police Service at 905-688-4111 extension 5100," they said.
People can also call
Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) to leave anonymous tips.
Doctor accused of child molestation out on $10K bail
Dr Dan Marshall outside the Sopinka Courthouse Dave Mydlo for CHCH News
(Updated: Video added) Charges of sexual assault and
sexual interference against Dr Dan Marshall stem from a complaint by a patient, an 11-year old boy.
Marshall has been practicing in Hamilton for the
last 25 years, out of offices in the east end and the mountain. Police launched
the investigation four months ago, and believe there may be more victims. Part
of the bail conditions prohibit Marshall from examining any patients under 18, unless he's accompanied by another doctor.
He is also not allowed to be alone with anyone under 16, besides his children
and grand-children. Marshall will be back in court on September 8th.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Cops nab man wanted
in 61 sex attacks
Gerald Graham Garrity Hamilton
Gerald Graham Garrity,
the Hamilton man wanted on on 61 sex charges involving children has been arrested.
West Nipissing police and an OPP canine unit found
Garrity in a remote campsite in West Nipissing.
Hamilton police were looking for
Garrity who they allege sexually assaulted a young woman under sixteen between 1980 and 1991.
Police also believe there are other victims, and that Garrity preyed on young runaways.
If you have any information, call Det. Helena Russell, Sexual Assault Unit at 905-540-5544 or Det. Art Lenters, Child
Abuse Branch at 905-540-6253.
Or you can submit a tip to Crime Stoppers.
Sex offender likely headed to northeastern B.C.
Clifford Joseph, 26, was last seen Tuesday in Vancouver and may be travelling to Prince George
or Fort St. John. (Handout)
By: Darcy Wintonyk, ctvbc.ca
Thursday Jun. 10, 2010 9:51 AM PT
Vancouver police believe a sex offender wanted on a Canada-wide
warrant could be on his way to northeastern B.C.
Curtis Joseph, 26, walked away from a Vancouver halfway house Tuesday
and may be going to Prince George or the Fort St. John area, spokesperson Const. Jana McGuinness announced Wednesday.
is considered a high-risk offender and is currently on statutory release for offences including aggravated sexual assault,
assault, kidnapping and unlawful confinement.
The Aboriginal man is described as 5-9, 160 lbs., with black hair, brown
eyes, acne scars and tattoos of "hi" on his right hand and a squiggly line design on his right upper arm.
who has a history of drug and alcohol abuse, was last seen wearing a white shirt and blue jeans.
Thu Jun. 03 2010 4:24:23 PM
TDSB teacher charged with sex assault
Web Staff, cp24.com
Toronto teacher Chi Cuong Hang, 38, is facing sex assault charges.
A Grade 7 teacher at the Toronto
District School Board has been charged with sexual assault in connection with a case involving students.
A letter was
sent home with students from Don Mills Middle School on Wednesday, informing parents of the charges against Chi Cuong Hang.
Hang taught English, math and phys-ed, according to Grant Bowers, a lawyer with the TDSB. He has taught at the
school for the past seven years.
On May 14, four students in the man's class complained to school officials. The information
was immediately passed on to police, Bowers said. Police completed their investigation by May 31 and laid charges soon afterward.
School officials say the teacher has been sent home on a paid leave and has been replaced by a substitute until the
matter is resolved before the courts.
"We know that this situation may be upsetting for some of our students and
will ensure that supports are in place for those students," the letter says. "TDSB staff is available to our school
to help students with any questions or concerns they might have."
Parents are invited to come to the school Thursday
evening at 6:30 p.m. for a special meeting with officials to "review procedures" and ask any questions they may
The school is made up of students in Grade 6, 7 and 8.
Hang is charged with two counts of sexual assault
and two counts of sexual interference.
Toronto police say there may be more victims who have yet to come forward.
charges come just a day after police arrested another Toronto teacher for allegations of child pornography.
recovered child pornography images of boys between the ages of five and 12 from the suspect's home.
Stuart Adams, 46,
faces four child-pornography related charges.
Suspect Sought For Alleged Sex Attack On 10-Yr.-Old
2010/06/02 | CityNews.ca Staff
Police are searching for a suspect after an alleged sex attack on a 10-year-old girl in the Regent
Police allege a man grabbed the youngster as she tried to enter her apartment in the River and Oak Streets
area, dragged her into his unit and sexually assaulted her on May 25.
On Wednesday authorities released an image
of the suspect, 40-year-old Hung Duy Bui. He’s wanted on charges of sexual assault, kidnapping and forcible confinement.
He’s described as 5’4”, 125lbs, with brown eyes and black hair.
If you have any information call
police at (416) 808-5100 or Crime Stoppers at (416) 222-TIPS.
Teacher Charged After Child Pornography Seized From Home
2010/06/02 | CityNews.ca
Police have charged a public school teacher after they reportedly seized child pornography from his
On Tuesday, detectives say they searched the Eglinton and Kipling-area residence of Stewart Adams
and found pornographic images of boys aged five to 12.
“We seized a quantity of media including CDs, DVDs
and several terabytes of hard storage. These are external hard drives which are capable of storing a massive amount of data,”
said Det. Cst. Chris Purchase of the Sex Crimes Unit.
The 46-year-old Adams is a popular ESL teacher at Kingsview
Village Junior School in Etobicoke and has worked there for more than a decade.
Before that, he taught at the following
- Park Lawn Junior Middle School, from February 1, 1990, grades 6 and 7
- Wellesworth Junior School,
from September 1, 1990, grade 2
- Lanor Junior Middle School, from September 1992, grades 1, 2 and 3
Although police don’t yet know if Adams took the photos in question, they’re concerned there could be victims
who have yet to come forward.
“There’s no indication so far from police that this involves any child
in the Toronto District School Board,” said Grant Bowers of the TDSB.
“It’s always very concerning
any time one of our trusted professionals who is working along with kids gets charged with any kind of sexual offence, particularly
this. It’s very disturbing for the board.”
So far, he has been charged with possession, making, making
available and accessing child pornography.
He was scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday morning.
officials hope to address parents’ concerns at a community meeting at Kingsview on Thursday at 3:30pm.
with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-8500, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS
(8477), online at www.222tips.com, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637).
Child Porn/Luring Probe In Durham Region Results In Four Arrests
2010/05/26 | CityNews.ca
joint effort by Durham police and the OPP, which included officers posing as 12 to 14-year-old girls online, resulted in the
arrests of four men on child porn and other charges this week.
Authorities rounded up the suspects between May
18 and 21st after executing search warrants and seizing computers. Detectives are now wading through 1.5 terabytes worth of
storage space on those machines.
The men charged range in age from 22 to 56.
While investigating one
suspect, authorities allege they discovered five email accounts where parents in the U.S., Australia and Sweden were sharing
abuse images of their own children. Detectives are now trying to track down those people and free those youngsters from harm.
Another arrest was made after authorities identified a victim from Kawartha Lakes in a chat room.
of two of the suspects were released. Authorities allege these men used webcams and want to ensure there are no other victims.
Daryl Clarke, 22, of Oshawa is charged with possession of child porn and making it available.
56, of Whitby, is charged with luring.
Matthew Macklem, 27, of Oshawa, is charged with luring, invitation to sexual
touching, possession of child pornography and distribution of child porn. Police say he used the screen names Matt2k818; Sonic_storm82;
m m; Princeofdarkness200364; Mainframe2_1 and Matt26.
Arthur Denyke, 37, of Oshawa, is charged with making child
pornography, sexual interference, sexual assault and invitation to sexual touching.
If you have any information
contact Det. Randy Norton at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 5363.
Alleged child predators
Last Updated: May 26, 2010 6:47pmChild Porn/Luring Probe In Durham
Region Results In Four Arrests
picture of Matthew Macklem, 27, of Oshawa, who faces charges of luring as well as possession and distribution of child pornography.
Police are releasing this photo because they say they believe there may be other victims. Macklem was one of four men arrested
in Durham Region.
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An undercover investigation targeting online paedophiles in Durham has led to four arrests.
Durham cops say last week’s child pornography and Internet luring sweep should serve as a warning to creeps who use
computers to prey on children.
“Be aware, the police are on the Internet every day and we will catch you,”
Det. Randy Norton, of the Sex Assault Unit, said Wednesday.
The veteran cop is one of 53 officers from forces across
Ontario who work together hunting paedophiles as part of a continuing provincial initiative which started in 2006 and is led
by the OPP.
The four arrests made last week may not seem like much considering the large number of predators lurking
in cyberspace, but Norton said many hours of work goes into each bust.
It often starts with an officer signing into
a chat room, typically as a young girl around 12-years old. The predator becomes the hunted as he’s reeled in through
lengthy conversations that can include requests of a sexual nature and even invitations to meet in person.
It may take
weeks or even months, Norton said, but ultimately police will obtain and execute search warrants like they did in Durham on
Four people were arrested on 26 charges and eight computer hard drives were seized.
22, of Oshawa, is charged with possession of child porn, make child porn available and possession of marijuana.
Parr, 56, of Whitby, is charged with three counts of luring.
Matthew Macklem, 27, of Oshawa, is charged with seven
counts each of luring and invitation to sexual touching, as well as one count each of possession of child porn and distribution
of child porn.
Arthur Denyke, 37, of Oshawa, is charged with making child porn, sexual interference, sexual assault
and invitation to sexual touching.
Investigators now must begin the daunting task of sorting through all of the evidence
seized, including 1.5 terabytes of computer files.
Anyone with information, should contact Norton at firstname.lastname@example.org,
or 1-888-579-1520, ext. 5363. Tips can be made to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, or online at www.durhamregionalcrimestoppers.ca.
Child porn charges laid on Toronto nudist
A 75-year-old nudist is facing 11 historical sex and child pornography
Toronto Police Det.-Const. Joel Manherz said Dutch police passed information to them recently that helped track
down alleged local victims of the man.
Officers searched the man’s downtown home Wednesday before announcing the
arrest and charges Thursday.
Police alleged the man was communicating with Edward Brongersma, a former Dutch politician
who died in 1998.
“He was (allegedly) trading letters and photos with that gentleman,” Manherz told the
Sun Thursday. “We were able to refresh that information.”
Brongersma was a member of the Dutch senate, an
advocate of lowering the age of consent for homosexual relationships and author of the book Loving Boys.
died, Dutch police seized his collection of visual material as child pornography.
Investigators alleged that between
1969 and 1985, the Toronto man photographed more than 40 child victims from 10 different countries in sexually explicit poses.
The man had sexual relations with many of the children, police said.
The alleged victims are from Canada, England and
eight other countries, Manherz said.
Police said the man gained access through his affiliation with various nudist organizations
around the world.
Detectives released the suspect’s photo, one showing his current appearance and one as he appeared
a few years go in the hopes of tracking down more alleged victims.
Julian Mardon, 75, of Toronto, is charged with buggery,
two counts of indecent assault on a male, two counts of gross indecency, three counts of making or possessing obscene matter,
mailing obscene matter, possession of child pornography and making child pornography. He is expected to appear in court Tuesday.
said the investigation was a result of co-operation with the Haarlem Police in the Netherlands, Interpol, the OPP and the
National Child Exploitation Co-ordination Centre.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-8500,
email@example.com, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS, online at 222tips.com, or text TOR and
your message to CRIMES.
Stephane Deschenes, director of the Federation of Canadian Naturists, called the charges sad
He stressed naturism does not provide access to sex offenders.
“It is a family activity,”
Deschenes said. “No adult is in a position of power.”
“Being affiliated with a naturist/nudist organization
would not provide any more access than joining any other group,” he said.
“Being dressed has not kept children
safe,” Deschenes stated in a press release later.
“Those who prey on children are attracted to any place
where children can be found,” he said.
Man Facing Child Porn Charges, Police Believe There May Be Other Victims
Police released images
of a man accused of making child pornography Tuesday because they believe there may be other victims.
came after authorities executed a search warrant at a home in the Royal York Road and Queensway area Thursday where they allegedly
found a quantity of child pornography.
Robert Rayner, 50, is charged with possession of and making child pornography.
He was scheduled to appear in court Tuesday morning.
Police said Tuesday the suspect is known to have hung around
areas frequented by kids and released his image because they have reason to believe there may be other victims.
you have any information call (416) 808-8500 or Crime Stoppers at (416) 222-TIPS.
Fri May. 07 2010 5:47:24 PM
Police charge TDSB coach with sex-related
Web Staff, cp24.com
Jonathan Summerhayes, 47, faces several charges after a boy was sexually assaulted at Carlton Village
Police have charged a Toronto District School Board swimming coach with five sex-related offences after
an assault on a 12-year-old boy.
Police believe the boy was assaulted at Carlton Village Public School in April 2009.
The school is located near Old Weston Road and Davenport Road.
Police have warned that there could be other victims.
Jonathan Summerhayes, 47, is charged with sexual assault, sexual exploitation, sexual interference, invitation to sexual
touching and forcible confinement. He is currently a coach at Allenby Junior Public School, near Avenue Road and Eglinton
He is to appear in court on Saturday.
Wed May. 05 2010 1:47:37 PM
Canadian pleads guilty to running child sex
ring from Thailand
The Associated Press
John Wrenshall in a handout photograph.
NEWARK, N.J. —
A Canadian man pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges stemming from an international pedophile ring that investigators traced
from computer records in the U.S. to Thailand.
John Wrenshall entered his plead in a Newark federal courtroom to conspiring
to engage in sex tourism and conspiring to produce child pornography, and one count of distributing the materials.
63-year-old Wrenshall admitted, in response to a prosecutor's questions, to detailed graphic abuse of boys as young as 4 years
Wrenshall, a thin, bespectacled, balding man with greyish-white hair, wore a bright yellow prison jumpsuit and
told the judge that he had two graduate degrees.
He then acknowledged conspiring to engage in sex tourism and soliciting
clients in the U.S. and elsewhere to visit his home, where he arranged for them to have sex with prepubescent boys from 4
He admitted to encouraging his clients to photograph, videotape, and share footage of the exploits.
U.S. Attorney Lee Vartan says authorities discovered Wrenshall was running a brothel for pedophiles in Thailand after confiscating
computers from Wayne Corliss of Union City, New Jersey. Wrenshall was extradited from Thailand after authorities found correspondence
and chat room conversations between the two men, and others.
Vartan read from emails that Wrenshall acknowledged he
had sent to Corliss.
"'I am ready, willing and able to be your guide,"' Vartan read from the email. "'Boys
are available here."'
The emails outlined the prices for sex acts on children, and encouraged clients to bring
certain items from the U.S., including "lots of bubble bath," that Wrenshall said were hard to buy in Thailand.
Corliss, a small-time actor and former children's entertainer known for playing Santa Claus, is serving a 20-year sentence
in a New Jersey prison. His 2008 arrest was the culmination of an international manhunt. He admitted travelling to Thailand
three times from 2000 to 2002 to have sex with at least two boys, ages 6 and 9.
Seven people have been arrested in
the investigation, which is ongoing, according to Vartan.
Bad Santa guilty of child porn charges
Last Updated: April 21, 2010 8:01
- Daniel Walter Gyselinck, 59, pleaded guilty to possessing child porn. (QMI FILE PHOTO).
— With a little pot belly, long white hair and a white beard, a man who has played the part as Santa Claus pleaded guilty
to possession of thousands of images of child pornography.
Daniel Walter Gyselinck, 59, played the starring role of
Santa in Barrie’s Christmas parade for the past two years, waving to hundreds of children from his glittering sleigh
in his bright red suit as he handed out treats.
Standing in handcuffs beside his lawyer in a Barrie courtroom Wednesday,
he quietly said “guilty” to possession of 90,000 images of child porn as well as over 1000 video clips child porn.
He also pleaded guilty to making the images available to the public and to downloading the images and movies from his computer
on to personal CDs and DVDs.
Court heard police came to his apartment door with a search warrant last June where they
found the material as well as an unusual collection of festive decorations, even though it was the middle of June.
police video tape played in court showed Gyselinck’s apartment shelves cluttered with Christmas trinkets, hundreds of
stuffed toys, gingerbread houses, a Christmas tree and a Santa suit.
“When I sit at my computer, I slip into this
dark side,” Gyselinck told police. “I don’t know why I do it.”
Court heard he also told police
that it was easy to download any type of child porn he wanted off of Limewire.
“Why doesn’t the government
stop making it so easily available?” he asked police.
In court, police also played a sampling of the thousands
of images and videos they seized. Several show clips of adult men raping a small child. One clip shows a small child playing
in a bubble bath when suddenly a quiet, muffled male voice is heard in the background asking the child to stand up in the
tub and display her genitals. The unknowing child appears to happily obey, each time saying “cheese” with a happy
smile as she posses.
Gyselinck will be sentenced May 21.
Kids Baseball Association Pres. Facing Child Pornography Charge
2010/04/20 | CityNews.ca Staff
The president of a local baseball organization is accused of having child pornography on his computer.
Stephen Lane, 65, was charged this week. He’s the founder and current president of the Weston Baseball Association.
Police claim he brought his computer to a shop for repairs and several images of videos of child pornography
were allegedly found on the machine.
Lane was arrested in the Weston Road and Lawrence West area on Monday, authorities
Investigators are concerned the suspect may have had close contact with kids and Det. Paul Krawczyk is asking
for information on the role Lane played in the Weston baseball organization.
Lane is charged with possession
of child pornography. He's scheduled to appear in court Friday.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police
at (416) 808-8500 or Crime Stoppers at (416) 222-TIPS.
Man Accused Of Trying To Buy Boy Remains In Canadian Jail
2010/03/31 | The Canadian Press
A fugitive from Georgia accused of trying to buy a five-year-old boy over the Internet will remain
in a Canadian jail.
Patrick Molesti, 56, appeared via videolink in Toronto for a detention hearing conducted by the
Immigration and Refugee Board. Molesti, whose real name is Patrick Lamontagne, maintained that he's innocent of the charges
but conceded he's a flight risk.
An international manhunt for Molesti ended last week when he was arrested by police
at a bus station in the northwestern Ontario city of Thunder Bay.
Molesti is being held in a Thunder Bay jail while
authorities determine whether he's legally allowed to be in Canada.
Canada Border Services Agency has said it's likely
he'll be deported due to the charges he's facing in the United States.
Molesti has been charged with criminal attempt
to commit child molestation, sexual exploitation of children and theft.
The U.S. Marshals Service says a federal investigation
is underway as well as ongoing probe by the state on additional state charges.
Police in Georgia said they don't believe
Molesti was in Canada in search of a child for sale.
They say Molesti, a French national, likely fled to Canada because
he thought he could get to France more easily through Quebec.
A government lawyer said Molesti is a citizen of France
and a resident of the U.S.
Patrick Ange Molesti was an alias, the hearing was told.
molester reported living in Tonga
Published On Sat Mar
Hossein “John” Marejnejad, 38, was charged with sexual assault in November
2004.YORK REGIONAL POLICE
Police are investigating reports that a Toronto-area fugitive
who allegedly molested a 13-year-old boy has resurfaced in the South Pacific island nation of Tonga.
Marejnejad, 38, was charged with sexual assault in November 2004. At the time, he owned a convenience store in Keswick, a
small town on the shores of Lake Simcoe, in northern York Region. He was accused of assaulting the boy in his apartment over
the store and threatening to hurt him if he told anyone.
Residents of Neiafu, a remote town in the Tongan archipelago, say a man with Marejnejad’s name who matches his description has been living
there for a little over a year.
Mary Jane Fa told the Star that he runs a restaurant on property rented from
her family. A copy of the lease provided to the Star and dated February 10, 2009, is signed by Fa and a man named
“He’s said he’s from Canada,” she says. “He’s married a Tongan
girl, and he has one kid.”
Shawn Miller, a Canadian expat who owns a barbecue restaurant in Neiafu, said the man
moved with his wife and young son to Neiafu from the Tongan capital.
He says the man, who goes by the name “John”,
told him he had lived in Canada and then New Zealand before coming to Tonga. At one point, Miller lent him his carpentry tools
to renovate the restaurant.
“He served Indian cuisine, it was really good,” he says. “He was pretty
amicable, he seemed like a nice guy.”
Calls from the Star to the restaurant were not answered.
wife, Karie, says he used to come into the couple’s restaurant and criticize it. She says the man she knows is identical
to the one in the photos she’s seen of the fugitive.
“There is absolutely no question this guy is the same
guy as on the wanted posters, unless he’s got a twin brother,” she said.
York police say they are trying
to determine if Marejnejad is in Tonga.
“We have received reports that he is there,” said York Regional
Police Const. Rebecca Boyd. “We have been in contact with Interpol to try and find out more.”
York police have also spoken with officials at the Attorney-General’s office to discuss possible extradition proceedings.
Sex Assault Suspect May Be In The GTA
2010/03/05 | CityNews.ca Staff
Ottawa Police believe a man charged for the alleged sexual assault of two boys last fall may be in
the Toronto area.
Authorities are trying to track down 64-year-old Eldon James Hardy. He reportedly walked away
from an Ottawa hospital last Friday and investigators have reason to believe he headed to the GTA.
allege Hardy has failed to comply with his release conditions. He was charged in September for the alleged sex attacks.
Hardy had previously been found not criminally responsible for attacks on young boys in the 1970s and 1980s.
If you spot Hardy or have any information on his whereabouts call Crime Stoppers at (416) 222-TIPS.
Man Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Young Boy At YMCA Faces Additional Charges
2010/02/18 | The Canadian
A Toronto man accused of sexually assaulting a young boy at a YMCA is facing additional charges.
The alleged incidents are five years apart and police believe there may be more victims.
allege that the suspect befriended a 13-year-old boy on Feb. 6. at the community centre near Yonge Street and Grosvenor Avenue.
The man then allegedly brought the boy back to his apartment near Yonge and Jarvis streets and sexually assaulted
On Thursday, investigators said that another alleged victim had come forward. The boy, who was 16 years old
at the time, was allegedly assaulted in the same manner five years ago.
Vasco Serpa (pictured), 50, is charged
- Sexual Interference
- Invitation to sexual touching
- Forcible confinement
Anyone with information is asked to contact police 416-808-5500
, Crime Stoppers
anonymously 416-222-TIPS (8477)
, online at www.222tips.com
, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES
Man Accused Of Attempted
Child Abduction Appears In Court
2009/12/17 | CityNews.ca Staff
A small child has a crowd of concerned bystanders to thank
after she narrowly escaped an alleged attempted abduction on Wednesday.
Toronto Police were called to the Lakeshore
Boulevard West and Allen Avenue area around 4:40pm on December 16.
Officers believe that the child was walking
home when a man exited his vehicle. The man then allegedly attempted to force the child into his vehicle – but a group
of people intervened and held the man for police.
The suspect was arrested at the scene.
believe that the same man is responsible for similar abduction attempt just one day earlier.
that the suspect approached two young children in the Royal York Road and Mimico Avenue area on December 15.
allegedly attempted to lure them into his vehicle, but was unsuccessful.
Joseph Troisi (pictured), 53, has been
- Abduction of a person under the age of 14
- two counts of Criminal Harassment.
Troisi’s car is described as a silver, four-door, 2009 Cadillac CTS.
Troisi appeared in front of a judge on
Thursday and will be held pending a bail hearing. He will next appear in court on December 22.
there may be other victims.
If you can help, call 416-808-7474 or Crime Stoppers to remain anonymous
416-222-TIPS (8477). You can also leave your message online at www.222tips.com, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637).
68-Yr.-Old Private School
Teacher Charged With Sexual Assault
2009/12/07 | CityNews.ca Staff
Police arrested a 68-year-old private school teacher Monday for an alleged sexual assault on a girl
and police believe there may be other victims.
The alleged assaults happened between Nov. 26 and Dec. 3. The victim’s
age hasn’t been released.
The suspect teaches French for the Bnei Akiva Schools of Toronto. Authorities say
he also taught in the Niagara Region.
Jaskaransingh Ramburn, also known as Jask, is facing a total of four charges,
including sexual assault, sexual interference, sexual exploitation and invitation to sexual touching. He was scheduled to
appear in court Monday.
Detectives have reason to believe there may be other victims. If you have any information,
contact police at (416) 808-3200 or Crime Stoppers at (416) 222-TIPS.
StreetBeat – Dec. 2 – Sex Assault Suspect Arrested
2009/12/02 | CityNews.ca Staff
Police arrested a man this week who they claim sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl he met online
and detectives believe there may be more victims.
The man met the teenager on a social networking site and after
chatting they met on Centennial Park Road, near Renforth and Rathburn Roads
, police said, and that’s where the girl was allegedly sexually assaulted.
Muhammad Ali, 20, was arrested
on Monday and is charged with sexual assault, sexual interference and invitation to sexual touching.
are asking anyone who’s had contact with the suspect to contact them at (416) 808-7474
or Crime Stoppers
at (416) 222-TIPS
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Paul Robert Lepage, 58, will be held in protective custody indefinitely after being labelled a dangerous offender.
Oct. 19, 2009.
Man convicted of kidnapping girl labelled dangerous
Mon Oct. 19 2009 20:00:28
The man convicted of kidnapping, drugging and repeatedly sexually assaulting
an 11-year-old Armstrong, B.C., girl three years ago has been declared a dangerous offender.
Paul Robert Lepage, 58,
will be held in protective custody indefinitely.
Lepage was found guilty in February 2008 of luring his young
victim from outside an Armstrong video store with a story about catching a mouse. He injected her with cocaine and sexually
assaulted her during 36 hours of confinement.
Lepage has multiple convictions dating back to the 1960's. A forensic
psychiatrist testified he would pose an extremely high risk to the community.
Judge Peter Rogers agreed, labelling
him a dangerous offender in a Vernon court Monday. The designation is accompanied by an indeterminate jail sentence.
spoken to the girl and her mom, and I think they're feeling that this will help with closure," Crown Counsel Howard Pontious
told CTV News.
"I mean the girl has had to go through counselling now for three years. It was a horrific crime.
So I'm happy for them."
The RCMP's major crimes unit is checking to see if Lepage might be linked to any other
unsolved crimes. He has been ordered to provide a DNA sample.
With a report from CTV British Columbia's Kent
Man, 71, Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Young Boys In Decades-Old Case
| CityNews.ca Staff
Police are investigating a decades-old sexual assault case, and they believe there are more victims.
Michael Dimmick, 71, once worked as a minor hockey referee and a scouting association assistant.
allege that between 1969 and 1975, the accused befriended young boys through his involvement in these organizations.
Dimmick (pictured) then allegedly assaulted those boys either in his own vehicle or while on outdoor excursions.
He was arrested on Thursday September 3 and later charged with:
1) five counts of Indecent Assault,
Anyone with information is asked to contact police 416-808-2300 or Crime Stoppers to remain anonymous
416-222-TIPS (8477). You can also text TOR and your
Richard Doucet, a 36-year-old teacher, was arrested in Fredericksburg, Va.
Ex-Montreal teacher to serve 13
years for sex crimes
Updated Mon. Aug. 3 2009 5:04 PM ET
MONTREAL -- A former elementary teacher from an elite Montreal prep school
will serve at least 13 years in a Virginia jail for sex crimes involving children.
Richard Doucet pleaded guilty in
May to eight charges, including reproducing and distributing child pornography, attempting to take indecent liberties with
a child and soliciting a minor for sexual activities.
Stafford County court clerk Dawn Perry says the 37-year-old Doucet
was sentenced today to 14 years in prison.
Perry says Doucet must spend 13 years behind bars, but could be released
early in the final year of his sentence for good behaviour.
Virginia police arrested Doucet in May 2008 at a hotel,
where he was expecting to meet a teenager.
A police detective acting online as a 13-year-old boy alleges he had many
sexually explicit web chats with Doucet over several months leading up to the arrest.
Doucet also faces related legal
hurdles in two other Virginia courts.
He pleaded guilty to 25 counts of possessing child porn in Fredericksburg and
will be sentenced there Aug. 14.
Doucet is also scheduled to appear next month in Prince William County, where he faces
nine related charges.
Officials at the Selwyn House school where Doucet taught say he never interfered with any students
at the all-boys institution.
Man Facing Nine Charges In Child Porn
Investigation To Appear In Court Wednesday
A Toronto man will appear in court on Wednesday
to answer to nine charges in a child pornography investigation - and police believe there could be more victims.
searched a home in the Geoffrey Street and Sorauren Avenue area on Tuesday, and what they found was allegedly enough to take a 48-year-old man into custody.
Police allege that
a quantity of child pornography was taken from the home. The National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre helped with the
Now, Toronto Police are worried that there may be other victims.
If you can help, contact police
416-808-8500 or Crime Stoppers to remain anonymous 416-222-TIPS (8477). You can also text
TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637).
Thomas Willing (pictured), 48, of Toronto, is charged with:
- five counts of Possession of Child Pornography
- three counts of Making Child Pornography.
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Don and Ron Croft, who are involved in Toronto's entertainment industry, are facing charges in connection to a child porn
T.O. twin actors charged in child porn probe
Wed Jul. 15 2009 2:45:48 PM
Twin brothers who have appeared on several TV commercials have
been charged in possessing child pornography by Toronto police.
Ron and Don Croft, identical 40-year-old twins, were
each charged on May 28 with possessing and accessing child porn but investigators said Wednesday they are now focused on locating
Det. Const. Jeff Kidd with Toronto police Sex Crimes Unit told ctvtoronto.ca that the men are accused
of looking at sexual images of children as young as 1 years old.
The twins are not facing additional charges, Kidd
said, though he added that could change if witnesses come forward.
Police say they have worked in the entertainment
industry for several years and have worked on children's television shows and have had access to children through a piano
school run by a family member.
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Scott Connor, a former Toronto fire captain, has been found guilty of possessing child pornography.
convicts ex-firefighter of possessing child porn
Updated: Fri Jun. 19
2009 10:01:28 AM
A former Toronto fire captain awaits sentencing after a judge skipped a Crown
prosecutor's final submissions and found the defendant guilty of possessing child pornography.
On Thursday night, Justice
Anne Malloy told the court that she had found Scott Connor guilty of possessing child pornography, as well as a number of
other criminal counts that included weapons charges and a charge related to the marijuana grow operation he was running in
his Scarborough home.
Right before a Crown prosecutor was about to make her final submissions, the judge informed the
court she had enough information to make a decision.
Molloy said she had found Connor guilty of a number of charges
and would not accept any of the evidence he gave to the court in recent days.
The judge said she will provide the court
with a statement on Sept. 16, explaining the reasons for her decision to convict Connor. At that time, she will also deliver
The 48-year-old Connor was a fire captain who lived in a home on Copping Road, near Morningside Park,
that was raided in September 2006.
Police said they found 30 hours worth of child pornography videos on his computer,
several weapons, as well as evidence that he was running a small marijuana grow operation in his home.
Purchase told CTV Toronto that the judge told the court she would be "disregarding" Connor's testimony at his trial.
"She did say after the completion of the evidence that the Crown presented an overwhelming case and that she's
going to be disregarding any evidence that Mr. Connor had to offer," he said.
In court, Connor testified that
he discovered the child pornography while downloading music and movies. He said he deleted what he found, including material
that was downloaded hours before his 2006 arrest.
With a report from CTV Toronto's Galit Solomon
Child Porn Charges Laid 2 Yrs. After
Man Allegedly Makes Contact With 13-Yr.-Old Girl
Wednesday May 20, 2009
A 28-year-old man is under arrest, accused of meeting
a girl half his age over the Internet and then luring her to create images of child pornography.
allege Derek Campbell met a 13-year-old using the website vampirefreaks.com, and convinced the youngster to pose for videos
and photos that depicted sexual situations.
That was back in September 2007.
When the alleged victim came forward
to a police officer in her school this month about what she says happened to her, an investigation began.
found enough evidence to arrest the suspect on Monday, charging him with possession and making child pornography, sexual assault
and interference and bestiality.
He'll be in Old City Hall court on Thursday morning, but cops aren't waiting
until then to continue their probe into his alleged actions.
They believe there may be other victims and want anyone
who may have had contact with Campbell to call (416) 808-7467 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at (416)
The website the suspect is said to have used isn't accused of doing anything wrong, but it
may sound familiar. That's because its name surfaced in with connection another famous Canadian case. Vampirefreaks.com was
the site where Kimveer Gill kept a blog laying out his hatred and disgust with society.
On September 13, 2006, Gill arrived at Dawson College in Montreal
armed with several weapons. By the time his rampage was finished, one woman was dead and 20 others were hurt. Gill used his final bullet to take his own life.
His rants were later located on the site, providing key insights
into his possible motives for the shooting spree.
Photo Released Of Man Accused Of Taking Locker Room Pictures
Wednesday April 15, 2009
Police have released the photo of a man they say took his own pictures
- of young boys in a community centre change room.
The alleged incidents happened at a facility near Queen St. and Logan Ave. On two separate occasions, the accused allegedly took photographs of the undressed victims.
Officers fear there could be more children who have not yet come forward.
Brian Fothergill, 41, has been charged
with two counts of voyeurism.
If you have any information, call police 416-808-5500 or Crime Stoppers
to remain anonymous 416-222-TIPS (8477).
Reversal Of Fortune: "Dungeon Dad" Pleads Guilty To All Charges
Wednesday March 18, 2009
Josef Fritzl may have hidden his face behind a blue binder for the past two days in an Austrian courtroom, but he couldn't
hide his guilt. And in the end, the 73-year-old standing trial for a series of horrific crimes decided not to contest the
accusations against him, pleading guilty to all charges.
The former engineer now agrees his actions led to the death of his son and that he enslaved his daughter, locking
her up in a hidden basement dungeon in the town of Amstetten for 24 years and fathering seven children with her, while telling the world she ran away to join a religious cult. Many of
the sexual attacks came in front of her kids.
The admission came one day after a lengthy video statement from Elisabeth Fritzl, who was just 18 when her father forced
her into captivity and committed repeated acts of incest on her. He admits seeing that tape helped change his mind about his
She gave birth to seven children by him and didn't see the light of day until a medical emergency last year forced one
of those offspring to the hospital - and the now 42-year-old mother emerged from her nearly quarter century captivity.
Fritzl, who had already admitted to the incest, as well as rape and forced imprisonment, calmly walked into court Wednesday
morning and reversed his former plea. "I declare myself guilty to the charges in the indictment," he told the panel
of judges, referring to his "sick behavior."
The admission of negligent homicide stems from the 1996 death of a three day old infant that the father had with his daughter.
When the twin experienced breathing problems, Fritzl refused to call in medical help, which would have revealed his secret.
Instead, the baby boy died and his dad burned the body in an incinerator to destroy the evidence.
He took three of the other children into his own home upstairs, telling his wife they were abandoned. But three others
were left in the windowless locked dungeon all their lives and had grown up never seeing daylight.
The stunning reversal ends a salacious trial that had the world riveted, and now moves onto the penalty phase. It's expected
Fritzl will receive a life sentence for his crimes.
A psychiatrist told the court the accused suffers from a dangerous personality disorder and would be a threat to society
if he were ever set free. The doctor claims the bad dad has an extreme need to control everything and everybody and while
he knew what he was doing was wrong, he was able to simply block it out.
But she believes Fritzl should serve his punishment in a psychiatric ward instead of a jail cell.
In the end the father agrees he should have tried to do something to save the ailing infant. "I don't know why I didn't
help," he told the judges. "I just overlooked it. I thought the little one would survive.
"I should have recognized that the baby was doing poorly."
With the admission of guilt, Fritzl seems to have lifted a burden off of himself. For the first time since the trial began
on Monday, he didn't hide his face, allowing cameras to catch their first clear glimpse of him since his arrest in 2008.
The sentence and the final verdict are both expected Thursday, after the defence and prosecutors give their closing statements.
Girl awakens from coma
"I am not a monster": accused dad
Daughter may sue father
New questions emerge in case
Family reunited for first time
Accused father was 'tyrant' at home
Father accused of being 'incest addict'
Prosecutors question daughter
Daughter breaks silence
Family issues statement
Dad facing murder charges
Father found fit to stand trial
Dad admits to several crimes, but not murder
Woman held captive for 24 years testifies in court
83-Yr-Old. Charged With Molesting Kids In Case That Stretches Back To The 1970s
An 83-year-old man is facing charges in a series of terrible crimes.
His name is Leo Fobert
and he now lives in Innisfil. But three decades ago, in the 1970s, he was a resident of Grovedale Ave. in the Keele and 401 area. He's also lived at various other addresses in both Ontario and the rest of Canada.
think he was on the move a lot because of what they accuse him of doing so long ago: befriending children in whatever area
he lived and allegedly sexually assaulting them.
It's been years but cops now say they have the evidence to charge
Fobert with two counts of indecent assault on a male, buggery and two counts of gross indecency.
But while investigators
think they can make their case in two instances, they allege their suspect may have been committing similar crimes as far
back as the 1960s and continuing his activity right up until the present.
And they're urging any past victims
- or new ones- to let them know immediately.
If you have anything to tell police, call (416)808-3105.
Because of the nature of the alleged offence, you can also reach Crime Stoppers anonymously at (416) 222-TIPS (8477).
Man Faces 22 Charges In Sex Assault Investigation Involving Three Boys
January 2, 2009
A sex assault investigation that had
police digging into their historical files has led to an arrest.
Officers from 22 Division allege that the suspect attacked
three boys over a period of time - and that there may have been more victims.
Bruce Manger, 49, of Mississauga (pictured)
has been charged with:
- seven counts of sexual assault
- six counts of sexual interference
counts of invitation to sexual touching
- sexual exploitation
- two counts of gross indecency
with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-2200, or CrimeStoppers to remain anonymous 416-222-TIPS
(8477), or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637).
Dad Accused Of Holding Daughter In Dungeon For 24 Yrs. Now Facing Murder Charge
November 13, 2008
He's accused of imprisoning his own
daughter in a windowless dungeon for 24 years and fathering seven children by her. But now the suspect in one of the most
bizarre criminal cases in history is facing a new accusation - murder.
You likely remember the story of Joseph Fritzl
(top left). He's the dad from Amstetten, Austria accused of abducting his daughter Elizabeth when she just 18, secreting her in a specially built series of rooms under
his home and leaving her and most of the subsequent kids who were born there captive for their entire lives.
Fritzl had allegedly told his family the girl ran off to be with a religious cult. The ordeal ended last April,
when one of the youngsters - now a teenager - became seriously ill and had to be taken to hospital.
Three of the kids
were taken upstairs to live with the man assumed to be their father, with Fritzl telling curious relatives that Elizabeth
had left them on his doorstep and then disappeared.
Three others lived with their mother in those rooms of glooms since
It's what happened to the seventh that has brought the latest charge. Fritzl has admitted one of the youngsters
died when he was just a baby and that he disposed of the body in a furnace. Prosecutors are trying to make the case that if
the infant had received treatment, he might have lived, justifying the murder count.
"Despite recognizing the
baby's life-threatening situation, he deliberately decided not to intervene" and get a doctor, the 27-page indictment
As it is, the imprisoned 73-year-old electrician is already facing rape, incest, false imprisonment and slavery
accusations. He has 14 days to appeal the charges.
Fritzl has been found fit to stand trial, with a sensational court
case set to begin in early 2009.
Elizabeth, now 42, and her children, have been taken to a care facility for counselling
and reintegration to society, a world they never knew and may have trouble relating to.
Girl awakens from coma
"I am not a monster": accused dad
Daughter may sue father
New questions emerge in case
Family reunited for first time
Accused father was 'tyrant' at home
Prosecutors question daughter
Daughter breaks silence
Family issues statement
T.O. Police On Hunt For High Risk Offender Found Guilty Of Crimes Against Children
Monday October 27, 2008
Do you know where this man is?
If you do, Toronto Police need to know where you saw him.
His name is Shawn Thomas Fries and he's a high risk offender who allegedly hasn't been complying with the conditions of
Police say Fries is likely to re-offend and may be in the Scarborough area.
"He's wanted by the Toronto Police for failing to comply with his conditions," notes P.C. Tony Vella.
"We're asking anyone with information on his whereabouts to contact police," he adds.
Authorities are targeting the Scarborough area because they say Fries was last seen at Scarborough Town Centre and has
ties just down the road at Ellesmere and Morningside Road.
Parents in the area are understandably shaken.
"I'm scared to even leave (my daughter)," one mom said. "I have to hold her hand, I am scared to turn my back knowing
there is somebody out there. It's just scary."
While police say they can't divulge details of any of Fries's offenses or the restrictions placed on him, CityNews.ca has
learned they involve crimes against children, and that he allegedly refused to stay away from areas where they gather.
He's believed to be wandering around the city somewhere and authorities want to put him back behind bars.
But they need to find him first.
He's described as:
- 150 lbs.,
- Slim build,
- Short dark hair.
If you see him, keep your distance and call (416) 808-4300 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at (416)
Toronto Man Hit With More Charges In Child Porn Probe
Thursday October 16, 2008
Police have laid additional charges against a Toronto man who's been in custody
since May 2 for allegedly possessing and making child pornography.
Chun Chung Geoffrey Tang, 36, was initially
charged after police executed a search warrant at his home on Marcelline Crescent. Police
allege they recovered several images depicting child sexual abuse, and that Tang actually produced some of the images.
After an extensive investigation cops also think they've found three
alleged victims from the Toronto area, and have subsequently added two counts of sexual assault to Tang's ever-expanding rap
Police also reveal that Tang had ongoing contact with children because he worked at
Brightest Minds Video store near Kennedy and Finch since 1991, and they are worried that there could be
more victims who haven't yet come forward.
At a Thursday morning press
conference, police reminded parents to keep a close eye on their kids.
as a parent, you know, it is your responsibility to make sure that you know what your children are doing and who is being
in contact with them, and the reality is that you can never be too safe," said Det. Cst. Janelle Blackadar.
On Thursday night, CityNews' Andrea Piunno met with one of Tang's former neighbours, who
said she was originally quite fond of the man.
"He never gave me the impression
that he was dangerous at that time," recalls Poonam Jain. "He didn't even approach the kids in any bad manner .
he seemed like a very sweet person."
Now, she's not so sure. And police
say they have plenty of reason for further doubt.
"To date we have located
three (alleged) victims," Det. Cst. Blackadar added.
with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-8500,
Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).
Man Convicted Of Sex Assault Goes Missing On Day Of Sentencing
October 2, 2008
Guy Palinker doesn't believe his punishment
should fit his crime. It's been almost four years since the 32-year-old committed a terrible act on an unsuspecting 17-year-old,
er he was someone she could trust.
The predator was determined to get what he wanted from the youngster, who
may have thought he was a police officer. Real cops say he spent two hours stalking her and following her home. He pulled
up and told her he was one of Toronto's Finest and ordered her to get into his car.
When she did, he began sexually
assaulting her. That was on October 29th, 2004. It took four years, but Palinker was convicted of all the charges against
him, including sexual assault, extortion and impersonating a police officer.
But to the frustration of authorities
and most especially his victim, on the day he was supposed to be sentenced, he never showed up in court.
Now cops are
trying to find him all over again.
Despite his absence, he's been sentenced to three years in jail and police want
to make sure he serves every day of it.
Call (416) 808-1300 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at (416)
222-TIPS (8477) if you know where this fugitive from justice is hiding.
Man Accused Of Stalking 12-Year-Old At CNE
Friday September 5, 2008
Does this man's face look familiar to you? He's accused of stalking a 12-year-old boy at the C.N.E. last month and
cops allege it wasn't the only incident at the annual fair.
The first time the stranger came to the attention of authorities was back on August 22nd, when cops were called about a
man who allegedly positioned himself behind the youngster and began touching him in a sexual manner on his back.
The child escaped his clutches but the 12-year-old was alarmed to turn around during his Exhibition sojourn and see the
man apparently following him.
Eight days later, another witness saw the same man carrying out the same strange behaviour at the fair, with his sights
seemingly set on another youngster.
Police were alerted and were finally able to track down a suspect. He's 62-year-old Saturnino "Nino" Alberi (top left) and
cops are anxious to know what he may have been up to over the past few weeks.
If you've seen him or come into some unexpected contact with him, they need to hear from you at (416) 808-1405.
This man was also arrested back in July 2006 on allegations of sexual assault and sexual exploitation against a 14-year-old boy in 1998. Authorities claimed the suspect
worked as a fitness trainer for several years and recruited young boys through hockey arenas.
Alberi appeared at College Park courts on Wednesday. He's been charged with sexual assault and criminal harassment.
30-Yr.-Old Child Predator Poses As 12-Yr.-Old Student For 2 Years
Thursday September 11, 2008
Does this man look like a 12-year-old to you? Believe it or not,
he actually passed himself off as one and even enrolled in an Arizona public school.
Neil Havens Rodreick II is actually
30 years old and a child predator. He used the unbelievable ruse to get close to more victims. It lasted for two years before
he was finally caught.
He's pleaded guilty to seven charges, some stemming from the charade, and will now spend his
time in a far different institution - a prison cell, where he'll be for the next 7 decades.
Authorities never found
that Rodreick actually molested any of his Yavapai County classmates, but they did discover a huge cache of child pornography in his home.
He confessed to fraud and misdeamour
assault charges as a result of the impersonation, stemming from an incident in which he grabbed a girl's buttocks at a charter
school. The victim originally shrugged off the attack as the curious misbehaviour of a 12-year-old boy. But when cops told
her his real age, she started to cry.
How did he pull off such an outrageous scam for so long? Authorities say Rodreick
enrolled in a school in 2005, continually shaving to hide any five o'clock shadow and using pancake make-up to make him appear
younger. He fooled teachers, administrators and fellow students into believing he was a boy named "Casey."
disguise held for two years, before suspicious paperwork in a seventh grade class finally tripped him up in 2007.
he had help. His 36-year-old cousin posed as his father, and two other men played his uncle and grandfather. All are also
under arrest and will face trial in November.
Rodreick spent six years in an Oklahoma prison for lewdly propositioning
a 6-year-old boy in 1996. He won't be eligible for parole this time until he serves the full 70 years, tantamount to a life
Photo courtesy: Yavapai County Sheriff
Sex Assault Suspect In Court Monday
Monday August 11, 2008
The case began with a scream.
Last week, residents near a Courtice school were ripped from their sleep by the terrified shrieks of a 12-year-old girl.
One woman immediately called police. When they arrived, the youngster claimed she had been sexually assaulted. That was the morning of August 6.
Now, five days later, a man accused of the brutal attack appeared in a Peterborough
court for a bail hearing. However, that decision was held over until Thursday. He'll stay
behind bars until then, where he's been since his arrest.
The victim was allegedly driven nearly 70 kilometres in a red van to the scene of the alleged crime, taken off the streets
while walking home from a friend's birthday party. That's the last anyone saw of her until police found her behind the high
The man in question sped off when he saw the cops, but they gave chase, only giving up their hunt when it reached dangerous
speeds. The suspect was collared later in the day.
However, according to the suspect's wife, that's not what happened at all.
Natalie Tippett claims her husband called her before he was arrested to say he'd been held at gunpoint early Wednesday
and didn't know where he was. He apparently also told his wife of 12 years that he'd been carjacked the night the youth was
allegedly snatched off the streets of Peterborough.
She also said her husband told her he was in hospital getting a blood transfusion in Toronto the night of the assault.
The 12-year-old has been traumatized by the ordeal, but wasn't seriously injured.
"She is obviously under great distress, going through a very difficult time right now," said Dave Selby of Durham
Stanley Tippett, 32, faces charges of abduction and sexual assault.
Police Confirm Arrest In Alleged Abduction And Sexual Assault On 12-Year-Old Girl
Accused In Alleged Abduction Of 12-Year-Old Claims Innocence, Wife Says
Thu Aug. 07 2008 3:21:16 Pm
Sex assault suspect appears in court
Web Staff, cp24.com
Stanley James Tippet, 32, was arrested this morning
Natalie Tippett, the wife of Stanley James Tippett, speaks to the media outside the courthouse. (CP24/Omar Sachedina)
It was an emotional day for a man charged in connection with the abduction and sexual assault of a 12-year-old Peterborough
girl, as he made his first court appearance in relation to the case on Thursday.
Stanley James Tippett, 32, was in court after being arrested on Wednesday. He's charged with one count of sexual assault
and one count of kidnapping. He has prior convictions for harassing two women.
Dressed in an orange jumpsuit, Tippet could be seen mouthing "I love you" towards his wife. At times he put his hands on
his face and took several deep breaths.
In 1999, he told a Toronto newspaper he was a suspect in the murder of 15-year-old Sharmini Anandavel, saying police had
searched his home and car. He was not charged in connection with the case, which remains unsolved.
The 12-year-old Peterborough victim in the current case was reported missing at 1:35 a.m. on Wednesday. She had been at
a birthday party and was supposed to stay with her grandmother that night.
She was later found by police at Courtice Secondary School, about 40 minutes from Peterborough. A neighbour called police
at 2:20 a.m. after hearing screams from the schoolyard.
Police say she's recovering in hospital with "very traumatizing" but non life-threatening injuries.
His wife, Natalie Tippett, says she's shocked to hear of the charges because her husband said he had been carjacked the
night the girl went missing.
"He said they threw him out of a vehicle near Bowmanville and they walked him along railroad tracks," says Natalie Tippett,
noting she has not spoken to her husband since his arrest.
He also told her he was out late that night because he had to get a blood transfusion at a Toronto hospital, she says.
His wife says the family of seven will do its best to move forward through what will likely be another rough patch.
"I feel angry," she says, describing the past 24 hours as "a living hell."
"I want to know the truth," she says.
She explained to her oldest son that his father is facing charges related to a horrible crime, she says.
"Ryan says, 'I don't believe my dad would ever do that to a girl," says Natalie Tippett, holding a baby in her arms during
"It just breaks my heart."
Stanley Tippett will appear in court for a bail hearing on Monday.
With files from The Canadian Press
67-Yr.-Old Man Allegedly Taped 2 Sex Attacks On 5-Yr.-Old Girl
Monday August 11, 2008
A sexual assault on a five-year-old girl is horrific enough.
Two of them is unbearable.
Taping both is unconscionable.
But that's what Toronto Police are accusing a 67-year-old man of doing, after they searched his home at Sheppard and Yonge
Cops allege Mark Forbes assaulted the child on two separate occasions and contend they found the tapes of the crimes in
They allege the attacks took place on July 29th and August 4th.
But that's not all police say they found when they went behind those closed doors, asserting they also came across two
handguns, a rifle and a shotgun.
Forbes is facing 25 charges overall, ranging from sexual assault to making child pornography and unauthorized possession
of a firearm.
He'll be in court Wednesday but police are already wondering if there are other victims with an equally troubling story
Call (416) 808-1200 or Crime Stoppers at (416) 222-TIPS if you have anything to add.
Police Step Up Search For Accused Pedophile
Friday May 23, 2008
He's accused of committing disturbing crimes against youngsters, and now Toronto Police are turning to the Internet in
an attempt to track him down.
Julio Cesar Arriero, 36, is wanted for two counts each of sexual assault and sexual exploitation, in connection with the
alleged sexual assault of two youths.
Investigators want to find him fast, and posted a video appeal for information on YouTube. They've also posted information about the case on the Facebook Crime Stoppers page (You need to be a member to see it.).
Arriero is decribed as:
- Light brown complexion
- 5'8", 180 lbs
- Muscular build
- Long hair worn in a ponytail (which may have been cut short)
He has tattoos of names on his right hand, nicknames on his chest, and sun, cloud and lightning symbols on both arms. He's
been known to go by the names Ceasar Vargas, Ceasar Arriero and Carlos Vargas.
It's believed he's in the Toronto area and has a number of acquaintances and relatives throughout the GTA.
Anyone with information is asked to contact 416-808-3100, or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS
Man Accused Of Sexually Assaulting 14-Yr.-Old He Met Online
Monday July 7, 2008
A 22-year-old man is facing some disturbing charges after an alleged sex assault on a 14-year-old girl he met on the Internet
and investigators believe the man may have attacked others.
Police say the two chatted with each other for months online using MSN Messenger and Facebook and arranged to meet in the
Jane Street and Lawrence Avenue West area on Thursday around 6pm.
That's when the alleged attack occurred, authorities said, adding the suspect was in the company of another girl under
the age of 18 at the time.
Craig Anthony Farrier, also known as Chase Anthony and Anthony Chase, is facing several charges including extortion, sexual
assault and threatening death. He appeared in court Friday.
Anyone who's had contact with the suspect or who may have any information on this case should call police at (416)
808-3100 or Crime Stoppers at (416) 222-TIPS.
Man Charged In Connection With Sexual Assault Of Two Teens
Wednesday June 18, 2008
Police have charged a 20-year-old Toronto man in connection with the sexual assault of two teens at a bus stop.
Investigators allege that on two separate occasions, the accused approached two 16-year-old girls at a bus stop in the
Rathburn Rd. and East Mall area in the city's west end and sexually assaulted them.
Brendan Schnabel was taken into custody on Tuesday. He has been charged with two counts of sexual assault.
He had a scheduled court appearance Wednesday morning.
Police believe there may be more victims in this case and they're appealing for anyone with information to contact them
at 416-808-2205 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).
Commercial Pitchman Confesses To Child Porn Charges
Monday May 5, 2008
He was once known as the spokesman for Alexander Keith's beer. But now he's become famous for something else - possessing
and distributing child pornography.
Robert Smith (top left), the actor who was the face of the brew, stepped into a Toronto courtroom on Monday in an entirely
different role - a man accused of downloading the disturbing images on his computer. Minutes later, he was typecast in the
role, admitting to two counts of child pornography and another that he made it available to others over the Internet via the
file sharing site Limewire.
Some of the images represent girls as young as 9, and many of them have since been rescued from their abuse. But their
images will forever be out there for pedophiles to look at.
Smith's wife was never aware of what her husband was up to and neither were his two young children. But they may have to
get used to not seeing their father for a while. A date for sentencing is scheduled for next Monday.
Man Charged With Sexual Assault After Attacks On Young Kids At Library And Bookstore
Thursday April 3, 2008
The public library and a bookstore should be places for kids to learn and grow. But Toronto Police allege that each
of them turned into a location of terror for two young girls. They've made an arrest after the youngsters came forward
with separate accounts of a man sexually assaulting them.
One of the victims was 16, the other just 10.
Both of the incidents occurred March 6th in the Bayview and Sheppard area and both happened within a few minutes of each other. In the first, a man approached a teen around 5pm and struck up
a conversation with her. After a few minutes of gaining her trust, cops say he pounced and began attacking her.
She ran off for help and the man fled, but cops contend he didn't go far. About half an hour later, a 10-year-old was browsing
through the children's section of a nearby bookstore when the same man came up to her. This time, detectives allege he didn't
even try to initiate a dialogue and simply went after her. She cried out and by the time help arrived, he was gone.
Police were called and began probing the incidents and on Wednesday, they finally came up with a suspect. He's
41-year-old William Douglas Shorten, a Toronto resident, and he's facing a number of charges, including indecent acts, sexual
interference and sexual assault.
He made his first appearance in a Finch Ave. West courtroom on Thursday, but this case is by no means closed. Police are
worried there may be other victims and are asking any young girls with a story to tell to call them at (416) 808-3305
or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at (416) 222-TIPS.
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Doctor Charged With Sexual Assault After 8-Yr-Old Girl Complains
Monday March 31, 2008
A doctor who was previously barred from examining female patients without supervision was back in court Monday facing new
Toronto police arrested Dr. Eleazar Noriega, 63, on Saturday after an eight-year-old girl complained following an examination
conducted last week.
Noriega has been charged with one count each of sexual assault and sexual interference.
In 2004, the physician had his medical licence suspended for 18 months for sexually abusing a patient.
Investigators believe there may be other victims and they're asking anyone who's had contact with Noriega to contact them
at 416-808-2205, or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).
Police Outline Details Of Largest Child Porn Probe In Ont. History
Tuesday February 12, 2008
Police outlined the details of the largest co-ordinated child porn investigation in Ontario
history during a Tuesday morning press conference. Twenty-two people have been arrested in connection with the ambitious
probe, which began in January and involved 25 search warrants in 16 communities across Ontario. A total of 73 criminal
charges have been laid. Among those accused are a woman and a young offender.
"Today's successful announcement has taken weeks of legwork by dozens of members of the provincial
strategy to protect children from sexual abuse and exploitation," said O.P.P. Commissioner Julian Fantino."The most fundamental
responsibility of any society is to protect its children. Every child has a right to be nurtured and to be safe, and we as
a society have a duty to ensure that that happens."
"Child pornography is the sexual abuse of children,"
he added. "A brutal crime committed by despicable predators. Every image of
child pornography represents the irrefutable evidence of a child being brutalized and it's not just about impersonal, abstract
Fantino cited the increased use of the Internet as a prevalent threat to young people, and
urged further education on how to use the technology in a safe, responsible manner.
"It is appropriate that we are here today making this announcement on Safe Internet Day, a
day recognized in 43 countries worldwide, a day designed to highlight the need to make the internet a safe and useful tool
for our children to access for both educational and personal use.
"In far too many cases the misuse of the internet continues to pose a threat to children, parents
and all law-abiding decent people in our society, including the police. The production and distribution of pornography, the
luring of young people by pedophiles for their own deviant purposes and the proliferation of internet sites where pictures
of just about every imaginable kind of abuse of children including infants can be accessed by anyone, is a major concern to
police agencies worldwide."
Inspector Dave Kimmerly admitted that the arrest of a woman in the probe was somewhat startling.
"It's certainly unique," he said. "I understand it may be the first time in recent
history in Canada that a female has been arrested (on child porn charges)."
News of the arrests came in tandem with the findings of startling O.P.P. study that revealed
more than 15,000 people in Ontario actively use their computers to distribute child pornography. The study discovered that in Canada, images involving child porn have been traced to more than 205,000 unique computer addresses.
In Ontario alone, more than 63,000 unique IP addresses have been linked to the illegal
The O.P.P. say 30 percent of people who posses child pornography also sexually abuse children,
pointing to the abduction and killing of Holly Jones as a prime example of the worst case scenario. "(Michael) Briere who is now convicted of murdering Holly Jones, he in his own confession spoke about how he was viewing
child porn material, and he knew as soon as he saw Holly Jones he was going to murder her," Fantino adds.
Fantino closed out the emotional press conference by reminding all citizens of their duties
to protect children. He also had a stern warning for perpetrators, and hinted that the courts needs to take a stronger
stance against those who view, trade, or make child pornography.
"We all have a responsibility in this matter. If anyone comes across child pornography or suspects
that a child is being abused in any way, they are morally and ethically obligated to report the abuse to the police.
"The provincial strategy will stop at nothing to hunt down child predators and eliminate the
threat they pose to our children and our communities. Fair warning to pedophiles: You can run but you can't hide. And sooner
or later, we will identify you. We will arrest you and we'll bring you to justice.
"Now, let's see what the courts do with these cases."
How To Protect Your Kids From Internet Predators
Charges are as follows:
Jay Hutchinson, age 24, of Hamilton, 1 count of Make Available Child Pornography, 1 count of
Possession of Child Pornography, to appear in provincial court at 45 Main St., Hamilton on Feb. 12, 2008.
Doug MacDonald, age 50, of Ottawa, 1 count of Possession of Child Pornography, 1 count of Make
Available Child Pornography, to appear in provincial court at 161 Elgin St., Ottawa on February 12, 2008.
Edwin Morris, age 63, of Burlington, 1 count of Possession of Child Pornography, 1 count of
Access Child Pornography, 1 count Make Available Child Pornography, to appear in provincial court at 491 Steeles Ave., Milton
on February 12, 2008.
Michael E. Shipley, age 31, of Milton, 1 count of Possession of Child Pornography, 1 count
of Access Child Pornography, 1 count Make Available Child Pornography, to appear in provincial court at 491 Steeles Ave.,
Milton on February 12, 2008.
Thomas Webb, age 56, of Brantford, 1 count of Possession of Child Pornography, 1 count Make
Available Child Pornography, to appear in provincial court at 44 Queen Street, Brantford on February 12, 2008.
Wendy Allison Potter, age 28, of Whitby, 1 count of Possession of Child Pornography,
1 count Make Available Child Pornography, to appear in provincial court at 242 King St. E., Oshawa on February 12, 2008.
Harry James Aseltine, age 57, of Oshawa, 1 count of Possession of Child Pornography, 1 count
Make Available Child Pornography, 1 count of Possession of a Controlled Substance, to appear in provincial court at 242 King
St. E., Oshawa on February 12, 2008.
Michael Cherry, age 37, of London, 4 counts of Possession of Child Pornography, 3 counts
of Making Available Child Pornography, to appear in provincial court at 80 Dundas St., London on February 12, 2008.
Nathan Armstrong, age, 27, of Peterborough, 2 counts of Possession of Child Pornography,
1 count Make Available Child Pornography, to appear in provincial court in Peterborough on February, 12, 2008.
Matthew McDougall, age 20, of Red Lake, 2 counts of Possession of Child Pornography, 1 count
of Making Available Child Pornography, to appear in provincial court at 115 Howey St., Red Lake on February 12, 2008.
Matthew Brunton, age 22, of Cornwall, 1 count of Possession of Child Pornography, 1 count of
Access Child Pornography, appeared for bail hearing at provincial court, 29 Second St. E., Cornwall on February 11, 2008.
Guilio Carere, age 46, of Guelph, 1 count of Possession of Child Pornography, 1 count Make
Available Child Pornography, 1 count of Possession of a Controlled Substance, appeared for bail hearing in provincial court
at 36 Wyndham St. S., Guelph on February 11, 2008.
Keith Kamenz, age 29, of Guelph, 1 count of Possession of Child Pornography, 1 count
Make Available Child Pornography, appeared for bail hearing at provincial court, 36 Wyndham St. S., Guelph on February 11,
Lawrence Bouillon, age 44, of Espanola, 2 counts Possession of Child Pornography, 1 count Make
Available Child Pornography, 1 count Access Child Pornography, 1 count Possession of a controlled substance, to appear in
provincial court at 155 Elm Street, Sudbury on February 12, 2008.
Eric Brown, age 25, of Brampton, 1 count Possession of Child Pornography, 1 count of Make Available
Child Pornography, 1 count of Access Child Pornography, to appear in provincial court at 7755 Hurontario St., Brampton on
February 12, 2008.
Michael Avison, age 33, of Mississauga, 1 count Possession of Child Pornography, 1 count of
Make Available Child Pornography, 1 count of Access Child Pornography, to appear in provincial court at 7755 Hurontario St.,
Brampton on February 12, 2008.
Stephen Burritt, age 39, of Sault Ste. Marie, 1 count of Possession of Child Pornography,
1 count Make Available Child Pornography, 1 count of Distribution of Child Pornography, 1 count of Possession of Child
Pornography For The Purpose Of Distribution, 5 counts of Unsafe Storage of Firearm, 1 count of Unsafe Storage of
Ammunition, 1 count of Knowingly Posess A Prohibited Firearm Without Authorization,
1 count of Possession of Prohibited Firearm.
Karl Herman, age 64, of Cambridge, 1 count of Possession of Child Pornography, 1 count of Make
Available Child Pornography, to appear in provincial court at 200, Frederick St., Kitchener on Feb. 12, 2008.
Nicola Sisi, age 26, of Toronto, 2 counts of Luring Under 14, 1 count of Invitation to Sexual
Touch, 1 count of Exposure to person under 14, 1 count of Possession of Child Pornography, 1 count of Distribution of Child
Glenn Albert Laurin, age 45, of Toronto, 1 count of Possession of Child Pornography, 1 count
of Make Available Child Pornography, to appear in provincial court tomorrow for bail hearing on February 11, 2008 in provincial
court at 444 Yonge St., Toronto.
One young offender from Hamilton who cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act has
also been charged with 1 count of Possession of Child Pornography.
Cops Arrest Suspect In Sex Assault On 15-Year-Old
Thursday February 21, 2008
On the same day that Toronto Police warned parents of the release
of a sexual predator who targets kids, comes news from their Peel counterparts in a case of their own.
A 20-year-old Mississauga man is in custody
after someone sexually assaulted a victim at a residence on February 7th. The age of the person attacked: just 15. Zachary
Appleby is facing a range of charges, including sexual assault, choking and forcible confinement.
But now cops are
wondering if anyone else has come into contact with him and if they have their own story to tell. Call the Special Victims
Unit at (905) 453-3311 extension 3460 if you have something investigators need to know.
due in court on Friday.
More Charges Laid Against Toronto Man Arrested For Sexual Assault Allegations
Wednesday February 6, 2008
A new charge has been laid against a man in connection with a sexual assault investigation.
Patrick White, 64, of Toronto now faces an additional charge of Sexual Exploitation with a person of a disability after
another victim stepped forward.
White was working as a vendor at a flea market at 5555 Dundas
It's alleged that he was targeting people with mental disabilities whom he hired to work for him, either at the flea market or selling chocolates.
He's scheduled to make a court appearance on Friday morning.
Police believe there may be more victims who haven't come forward yet, and are asking anyone with information to call (416)
808-5505 or Crime Stoppers at (416) 222-TIPS.
Porn Suspect May Have Had Access To Children
Thursday January 17, 2008
police have charged with possession of child pornography may have had access to young children, and authorities are concerned
there may be victims of abuse that have yet to come forward.
Michael Harman, 37, (pictured) was arrested and charged
with possession, and making child porn available, after a raid of his home in the Kennedy Road/Highway 401 area on Wednesday.
previously volunteered at the Glamorgan Junior School and has represented himself as a member of the clergy.
know that Mr. Harman positioned himself within areas of the city in his community, which would have afforded him access to
young people," revealed Det. Const. Jason Albanese of the Child Exploitation Section during a press conference Thursday.
"This includes a junior school, an elementary school, and after-school programs in the area of his residence.
We also know that Mr. Harman portrayed himself as a member of clergy. We are trying to identify any victims or witnesses,
if any, who may have had any contact with Mr. Harman."
"If this man is familiar, and you know his name or
face, and you believe that your child may have had any direct contact with him, we are urging you to give us a shout so we
can find out what the contact was about," he adds.
The suspect's next court appearance will be on Monday, January
21st, 2008 at the Toronto east courts.
Anyone with information regarding Harman is urged to contact the Toronto
Police Service Child Exploitation Section at 416-808-8500, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS
(8477), or online at http://www.222tips.com/.
Toronto Man Faces Charges In Connection With Sexual Assaults Of Three Girls
It's a disturbing case dating back 16 years, and now
police have arrested and charged a suspect in connection with four separate sexual assaults.
Toronto Police contend
three young girls, aged seven to nine, were sexually assaulted between last November and this past August.
August they arrested 64-year-old Pedro Briceno and charged him with three counts of sexual assault, three counts of sexual
interference and two counts of invitation to sexual touching. Investigators allege the incidents occurred in the suspect's
The Toronto man apparently worked as a professional newspaper photographer where he had regular contact
A new twist to the case came in recent weeks when a woman came forward claiming Briceno had
sexually assaulted her at a community centre 16 years ago. As a result of that allegation Briceno was charged with three more
offences including sexual assault.
Detectives worry there may be more victims in this case and they're asking anyone
with information to contact investigators at the Toronto Police 11 Division Youth Bureau at 416-808-1105
or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).
Cops Seek More Info On Man Facing Child Porn Charges
Friday October 26, 2007
is believed to be involved with local mosques and Turkish community centres is the focus of a police investigation involving
child pornography. Cops arrested 44-year-old Ayad Mejid on Tuesday and charged him with accessing and possessing child pornography.
But they fear his other pastimes may have brought the Brampton resident into close contact with children and officers
are trying to find out if there's anything else they need to know about his activities. Mejid is known to have volunteered
at several religious houses of worship in Mississauga and Toronto where kids might be present. And he also taught at a number
of Islamic schools in the GTA after coming here from Montreal.
If you have anything to tell cops about the suspect,
call (416) 808-7985 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at (416) 222-TIPS.
Canadian Pedophile Suspect Could Be Brought Back Here To Face Charges
2007/10/16 | CityNews.ca Staff
Where in the world is Christopher Paul Neil? Authorities believe the Canadian man who has suddenly
become one of the world's most wanted is hiding out in Thailand. But wherever he is, when he's finally apprehended, he could
be charged for his alleged crimes and face justice right here in Canada.
Neil is the 32-year-old the international crime
fighting agency Interpol says is the man seen having sex with several Cambodian and Vietnamese children in at least 200 disturbing
and disgusting child porn pictures authorities first discovered on the Internet three years ago.
But the man's face
was obscured by a "swirl pattern", put on by some photo software using a computer. Last week, experts were able
to undo that electronic disguise and put out a plea for his identity. "His face had been twisted under a digital manner and an expert working in Germany
managed to untwist the face and that's the effect that you see," explains Interpol's Mick Moran. "So we got a clearer
picture of the man who's seen in the images."
Late Monday, we told you how those clues led them to finally
put a name to the face, when Neil suddenly left his job as an English teacher in South Korea and turned up on an airport security camera after landing
in Bangkok (top left).
An all-points-bulletin is out for him and now that Thai police have his name, passport number
and other vital stats, most don't think he'll be able to avoid capture for long. And that's when this already sordid tale
will move back home.
Police here expect the suspect to be extradited and returned to Canada once he's caught and any
subsequent trial could be held on these shores. "Because we now have the laws in place to prosecute and because the offender
has been identified as a Canadian, he'll be brought back to Canada to face the penalties here," agrees Kim Scanlan of
the Toronto Police Child Exploitation Unit. Detectives have been trying to learn his name for at least three years, but it
wasn't until Interpol took the rare step of making his face public that the case came together.
And whatever you may
think about what Neil is accused of doing, there are others who might see him as some kind of hero. "Sometimes what we
find in some of the bigger investigations or the more complicated investigations is that there's a real status among people
who collect sexual abuses of children," confirms Scanlan. "It may elevate their status within certain communities."
in Maple Ridge, B.C. isn't likely to be one of them. It's said he attended the University of British Columbia there,
but left this country five years ago to teach English overseas. His family hasn't heard from him since he departed
for South Korea in August. A student in the city of Gwangju says he suddenly stopped showing up for class last week and
disappeared. He describes him as a well-liked instructor who also had a temper.
Now his brother is pleading for his
sibling to surrender and put this behind him. "My mother is devastated and the family is in shock," 30-year-old
Matthew Neil reveals, after the Mounties came asking about him. "We're co-operating with RCMP and Interpol.
We're hoping this comes to a quick close."
Neighbours simply can't believe the allegations being made against the
man they know. "Very shocked and surprised," confirms Rick Pennykid, the landlord of the home where the Neils live.
"He was just a regular person, like nothing stood out."
But investigators are hoping his image does. His picture
has been handed out to border guards across the region and there's no place he can go unobserved.
- If hunting suspected
pedophiles in Thailand sounds like a headline you've read before, it is. Last year, another former English teacher who spent
time in South Korea was the subject of worldwide attention when John Mark Karr confessed to killing little JonBenet Ramsay in Colorado in 1996. But DNA evidence showed the American couldn't have committed
the crime and the reasons behind his stunning admission were never clear.
To see the Imterpol release on
Neil, click here.
What do we know about the suspect?
Neil's MySpace page now filled with double meanings
Cops rely on amazing technology to catch pedophiles
Police Make Child Porn Bust
Thursday September 20, 2007
The explosion of computer technology in recent years has coincided with an increase in sexual deviants roaming the lawless
lands of cyber space. On Thursday, police believe they removed one such character from the online landscape.
Cops accuse Neil Schneider, 58, (pictured) of downloading and distributing child pornography on the internet.
A search warrant was executed at his home in the Markham Road/Eglinton Avenue area of the city.
Police say items seized during the search have led them to believe the suspect may have had contact with young children
and they're asking anyone with information to call them at 416-808-8500, or Crime Stoppers at 416-222-TIPS.
Man faces 11 charges, including making child porn
Toronto police have charged a 51-year-old man with 11 sex offences, including several charges of sexual assault and making
Police made the arrest after a nine-year-old girl was allegedly sexually assaulted over an 18-month period between 2005
The accused is a convicted child sex offender, police said.
In 1994 in Brampton, he was found guilty of two counts of sexual interference, and in 1987 in Belleville, he was convicted
of indecent assault and sexual assault.
Charged is Randolph Bartley, who is also known as "Randy" or "Gordie."
Bartley worked at Star Coin Laundromat at Dufferin Street and Glencairn Avenue.
Investigators believe there may be other victims, and are urging anyone whose children have had contact with the accused
to contact police.
Bartley is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 14.
Church Volunteer Accused Of Molesting Young Girl
July 30, 2007
A volunteer at a west-end Mormon church has been charged
with molesting a child, and police believe there could be more victims out there.
Sixty-four-year-old Melvin MacNeil
(pictured) is accused of sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl over a period of two years.
MacNeil was helping to coordinate
missionary work in Toronto, and police say he had regular access to children at the church on Ossington, north of Bloor.
believed there may be other victims and anyone with information is asked to contact 14 division, Youth Family Services at
416-808-1405," said Det. Const. Chu Chang.
"These are very serious charges for an 8-year-old victim, truly
Those who knew MacNeil were shocked to hear of the charges.
"He was a very nice man, I find
that hard to believe," remarked church member Laurie Still.
"Very amicable, very nice person."
accused is currently in police custody and a bail hearing has been scheduled for August 27.
Victims Outraged Attacker Will Be Released From Jail Despite Conviction
Friday July 13, 2007
He was convicted of molesting young children, sometimes for years. And after waiting for justice for such a long time,
his victims believed they would finally see him locked behind bars for the next decade. Instead to the shock and horror of
those he so terribly wronged, George Stea is expected to walk out of prison on Saturday a free man.
How can that be? Stea is appealing his conviction on the charges and a judge has agreed to release him during that process.
Those who were cruelly harmed by the man can't fathom the logic behind the stunning move. "Unbelievable," one victim,
now a young woman, exhorts. "Unbelievable that this man has been let back out on the streets. That he's been allowed to have
bail." We can't tell you her name to protect her identity. But her pain transcends any moniker.
She claims Stea began abusing her when she was just nine years old. It didn't end until she turned 16. And she wasn't the
only one. Stea was also found guilty of assaulting other kids ten years ago. His conviction brought some small amount of closure
to them. But his release brings no small amount of outrage. "I thought it was over," another of his victims fumes. "It will
never be over. "I am really, really upset."
Others who suffered at Stea's hands cried when the judge announced his decision. "I feel completely depleted," the first woman
concedes. "I just feel like crying." And she may feel that way for a while. Stea's bail is just $50,000 and it could be 3-6
months before his appeal is even heard.
'High-Risk' Sexual Offender Back On T.O. Streets
Friday June 15, 2007
He was known to them as "Uncle Art", a friendly guy who took them on outings all
over the GTA and bought them treats and presents. But he took far more than he gave, plying two young boys with
sleeping pills to get what he really wanted - and now a convicted pedophile is back on the streets of the GTA.
Toronto Police took the unusual step of warning the public about Clarence Dean Friday, after his release from a three-year sentence
in the pen the day before. The 68-year-old has undergone therapy for sex offender treatment before, but it hasn't worked
and cops insist he's at a 'high risk to re-offend.'
Dean regularly took two young boys on outings in the community,
buying them treats and letting them stay at his apartment on weekends. But cops say when the youngsters were just six years
old, he drugged them and committed repeated sexual offences on them. It lasted until both were 13.
As is always the
case in these kinds of cases, authorities aren't able to say just where the man is staying, and are asking parents to
be aware of his possible presence in their neighbourhood. He's under a number of restrictions he has to abide by if he's going
to stay on the streets.
- Reporting weekly to police
- No contact with his prior victims
- Not to attend
a public park, public swimming area or community centre where there are people under the age of eighteen including day-care
centres, school grounds, playgrounds or arcades
- Not to talk to or be with anyone under 18
- Not to be with
anyone known to be involved in any criminal activity
Keep one eye on your kids and another
out for Dean. If you see him violating any of these orders, let police know at (416) 808-7474.
Convicted Pedophile Charged Again
Thursday May 24, 2007
His name is Donald Mumford and if it sounds familiar, it's because he's been in the public eye
before. The 53-year-old convicted pedophile has been charged with aggravated assault endangering life after an incident
in an east end thrift store.
Cops say Mumford, who is HIV positive, was a volunteer at the shop when he befriended a mother that was a frequent customer. Police accuse him of using the woman
to get to her child, and attacking the seven-year-old while he was babysitting him. It would appear from the charges
that Mumford may have used extreme coercion to ensure silence. Among the allegations he's facing are threatening death and
threatening bodily harm.
It's the latest chapter in a story we first brought you in 2001, when the convicted child
molester was released to the Keele Centre halfway house after serving just two-thirds of a five-year sentence for sexually
assaulting an eight-year-old Toronto boy. He'd also been found guilty of assaulting three other young males between 1985 and
A year later, he was released and settled in a neighbourhood filled with children and four public schools - the
Queen and Roncesvalles area, an act that outraged parents.
His M.O. was always the same - assume a position of trust with a family then take
advantage of the most vulnerable.
As part of his release conditions, he was under a lifetime ban to keep far away from
children. But this latest arrest suggests he may not have complied with those orders. Mumford will make his first court appearance
on these new charges May 31, but police fear there may be other victims that haven't come forward. If you think your child
may have had contact with this man, call police at (416) 808-7267.
Meanwhile, doctors are keeping a close eye on the seven-year-old in this case. He's tested negative for HIV, but they'll
be watching him to ensure he stays healthy.
Toronto Arrest Leads To Rescue Of Five Kids From Sex Abuse In U.S.
"I'm just really happy I've been exonerated on the first charge and I hope the
other two will follow." Those were the words of 26-year-old Matthew Hughes when authorities dropped a charge of sexual interference against him last December. But his other hopes would definitely not come to pass.
Toronto Police, acting in concert
with U.S. authorities, have laid a range of new charges against the GTA resident, whose alleged crimes stretch from California
to Canada and involved everyone from local authorities to the U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement and the Department of Homeland Security.
Hughes first came to the attention of the law when a California woman chatting with him online thought she saw a
child being abused in the background. She contacted officials in the Golden State and they called cops here. They arrested Hughes on child porn charges, but withdrew
one of the accusations when it turned out the attack was on videotape and was being shown by a third party. But the law became
aware of Hughes and kept digging.
Now, four months later, he's back in the spotlight and back in court, after an operation
called "Project Camelot" monitored thousands of online users and tens of thousands of pages of Internet chat logs. That led them back to Hughes, who's
now facing additional charges, including distributing and possessing child pornography, invitation to sexual touching and
But this case has had an added benefit that will likely change the lives of all involved. Cops
in the U.S. have arrested seven other people across the country and saved five children they say were being sexually abused
by pedophiles. More arrests are possible.
Hughes turned himself in to police here on Wednesday morning. He was in court
on the new charges a few hours later.
How to report Internet child abuse and child porn: Toronto
How to report Internet child abuse and child porn: Peel Teach your kids about Internet safety: Government of Canada
Suspect In Drug Sex Assault Of 12-Yr. Old Missing
Friday May 4, 2007
Just one day after revealing shocking details about the alleged sex assault and drugging of a 12-year-old girl, cops are back out looking for one of the accused. Even veteran officers were having trouble dealing with the disgusting
details of the case. They allege six men came to a drug house in the Rexdale Blvd. and Hwy. 27 area over the course
of a year and attacked the developmentally delayed youngster, after forcing crack cocaine on her.
Her 42-year-old mother is also accused of standing by and watching it happen, and she's facing charges, as well. But one
of the accused who was released on bail has disappeared. Nineteen-year-old Radcliffe Parchment failed to show up for a court
appearance Friday morning. A bench warrant has been put out for his arrest and cops are back on the hunt for him.
Police admit they're incensed with the alleged actions of those involved. "I think we're all outraged is a good word
to say that these sort of things are taking place," Supt. Ron Taverner intones. "In this day and age, you know, this shouldn't
be happening. It shouldn't happen in our society."
The youngster remains in the custody of the Children's Aid Society.
List of suspects and charges:
1) Harold Cover, 55, of Mississauga: Sexual Assault, Sexual Interference, Invitation to Sexual Touching and Trafficking
in a substance held out to be Cocaine
2) Radcliffe Parchment, 19, of Toronto: Sexual Assault, Sexual Interference and Invitation to Sexual Touching
3) Muralee Balasubramaniam, 50, of no fixed address: Sexual Assault, Sexual Interference, Weapons Dangerous and Assault
with Intent to Resist Arrest
4) Neil Rose, 44, of Brampton: Sexual Assault and Sexual Interference
5) Dennis Guthrie, 52, of Whitby: Sexual Assault and Sexual Interference
6) Linton Lewis, 47, of Brampton: Sexual Assault and Sexual Interference
7) Mother, 42, of Toronto: Corrupting Children. Name can't be released to protect victim.
Disturbing New Charges Laid After Camera Found Stuffed In Child's Teddy Bear
Wednesday May 2, 2007
He's accused of using one of the most innocent symbols of youth for a nefarious purpose.
have been laid against a Bowmanville man after police discovered a secret camera allegedly lodged inside a child's teddy bear
(like the one pictured in the file photo at left.)
The story of Ian Matthew Dean starts last weekend, when cops arrested
the 24-year-old on suspicion of having innappropriate relationships with two girls under the age of 12.
spotted him talking to a 17-year-old female in an Oshawa park and confronted him minutes later.
He told police he had
a handgun and then began struggling with Durham cops, who finally managed to subdue him and take him into custody. They
later discovered the weapon was only a pellet gun.
But it raised their suspicions and detectives soon got a search
warrant to raid his home.
That's where they allegedly discovered a number of computers and tapes they say contained
footage of the 24-year-old physically assaulting some minors.
They charged him with sexual assault and sexual interference
and locked him up as their probe into his activities continued.
Their hard work paid off, when they came across cameras
allegedly hidden in the room of one of his suspected victims.
One of the unblinking eyes was apparently found inside
a teddy bear, which cops contend was capable of being operated by remote control from a long distance away.
teddy bear, the eyes actually were the lens of the camera, and this particular camera could be operated from a remote site,"
explains Sgt. Paul McCurbin.
Cops also claim to have found a high tech wristband capable of recording any images
sent back through those secreted lenses.
Their contention - he was videotaping his victims even as their
parents and guardians were standing nearby. The alleged victims were three and 11 years old.
slapped additional charges on Dean, including possessing and making child porn and voyeurism.
can't believe what they're hearing.
"It's a big shock. I'm devastated," admits a resident named Mike.
kid, quiet. Very, very friendly," echoes Jack Hampsey. "Couldn't ask for better neighbours. I was totally,
"It's really close to home," echoes Theresa, who also lives near the accused. "It's
too close to home."
As disturbing as this case already is, detectives are bracing for more.
The accused was
active with the Salvation Army in Clarington and authorities are worried there may be additional victims that they
- and some parents - don't even know about.
The charity is reeling from the news and was quick
to distance itself from Dean.
"We are shocked and horrified by these allegations, and our primary focus continues
to be the welfare of the children involved," assures Pastor Miriam Stevens.
And they're asking wary caregivers
to check on any toys the suspect may have given out, to ensure there's nothing more than stuffing inside them.
you have anything new to tell cops about this disturbing case, call (905) 579-1520 ext. 5363 or Durham Regional
Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
Meanwhile, Dean remains in jail. He'll get his first shot at bail next
StreetBeat - April 24 - Man Charged With Sexually Assaulting 13-Yr.-Old
Tuesday April 24, 2007
An altercation between a young girl and a 50-year-old man inside a convenience store has led to charges of sexual assault.
The incident took place Tuesday afternoon at Parliament and Wellesley when a 13-year-old went inside the shop and got into
some kind of dispute with a man.
She wasn't hurt, but used her street smarts to flee the scene, heading to Winchester St. Public School for help.
Police were called and took a report claiming that the child was inappropriately touched by the suspect.
"Every one of us who are parents train our children not to talk to
strangers, but also to report when incidents like this occur. She did the right thing by going right back to school and making
that complaint, and of course the school took immediate action," said St. Sgt. Randy Carter.
Inderjit Singh has been charged with one count of sexual assault and another of sexual interference.
He'll make his first court appearance on both charges on Wednesday.
New Charges Laid In Alleged Daycare Sex Assaults
Friday April 20, 2007
It's the news parents and police both feared.
Authorities have now laid a new charge against
a volunteer at a daycare centre, after an investigation into his activities at a city run facility.
Paul Thomas was
already facing allegations that he sexually assaulted two tots between the ages of two and five years old who had been left
at Blevins Child Care sometime between April 2006 and this year.
He was in court on Thursday facing the charge,
as police continued to investigate his activities.
It appears they found enough evidence to add a third alleged victim
to the list, and the 19-year-old has now been slapped with additional counts of sexual assault and sexual interference.
city insists it's working with police on the allegations, and maintains it tries to carefully screen applicants so there are
no questions about their activities or their proclivities.
"Staff, students on placement, and formal volunteers
undergo criminal background checks before they are permitted to interact with children," a statement reads. "The
individual, who was charged last Sunday, does not have a criminal record ...
"It is the city's hope that the alleged
actions of one individual do not diminish the excellent and caring work of both staff and volunteers, some of whom include
The city claims it's tried to get in touch with parents to reassure them their kids are safe, but some
aren't so sure.
Parents were horrified when the news broke earlier this week that the worker had been charged. They complain they weren't told about what happened
and many have since threatened not to leave their kids at Blevins anymore.
Thomas will be back before a judge
at College Park courts on the new charges on Monday.
Meanwhile, police are still looking into anything else he may
have been up to. If you have a story to tell them, call (416) 808-5127.
Two Men Charged In Separate Alleged Incidents Of Young Teens Forced To Become Prostitutes
Friday April 20, 2007
They're accused of the kind of crimes that infuriate both police and the general public.
Two Toronto men have been charged in separate incidents involving young girls being lured into prostitution.
Their alleged victims - two teenagers.
Police claim the first suspect, a baby-faced looking man named Bobby Wilson (left), was introduced to his alleged 14-year-old
victim through a friend and supposedly acted as her pimp and her teacher into the illicit world of the sex trade.
They believe he instructed her on how much to charge, arranged for her "clients" and kept her supplied with a steady steam
of drugs, ranging from coke and crack to Ecstasy.
The 26-year-old Wilson is facing a slew of accusations, including procurement, living off the avails of prostitution and
The other case involves a man two years younger than the first suspect and a girl who's only 15.
Cops contend Ottis Quashie Thompson (top right) met his alleged victim at a shopping mall and talked her into
walking the streets. The accuse him of forcing her to work at specific times on specific corners and beating her up when she
didn't come back with enough money.
He's facing charges similar to White.
Cops are now wondering if either man has approached anyone else and allegedly schooled them on the shadowy profession.
If you have information detectives should know, call them at (416) 808-7468.
Thompson has a date before a judge on Monday, but White will be cooling his heels in jail for the next few days. He's not
scheduled to make his first court appearance on the charges until Wednesday.
Art Instructor Accused Of Sexually Assaulting 13-Yr.-Old Girl
Tuesday April 17, 2007
It's the kind of breach of trust allegation that sends shivers up the spines of parents - a person
they left their child with being accused of sexual assault.
It's the charge facing an instructor at the Toronto Academy
of Art on Midland Ave.
Police were called on Saturday about a man allegedly having inappropriate contact
with a 13-year-old girl.
Cops spent the weekend checking the story and by Monday, believed they had enough evidence
to arrest the suspect they contend was responsible.
Sixty-five year-old Chung-Kwong Cheung of Toronto was brought into
42 Division around 9:20pm Monday night. He's facing charges of sexual assault and sexual interference.
He made his
first appearance in an Eglinton Ave. courtroom on Tuesday morning.
Now cops are wondering if there are other victims
out there who have yet to come forward.
They're urging anyone else with a story to tell to call them at (416)
Police released this image of the suspect in connection with the alleged sexual assault.
Man surrenders in hospital sexual assault case
A man has surrendered in connection with the alleged sexual assault of a 91-year-old patient at a Toronto hospital on Thursday.
Following media coverage of the case, the suspect turned himself in to 54 Division on Friday afternoon, police said.
The suspect is accused of groping and trying to kiss the bedridden female patient at Toronto East General Hospital on Thursday
Police said when the senior awoke in her bed, the man was standing beside her. He identified himself as a new doctor and
then began his attack.
The victim pushed the man away and alerted the nurses' station about the incident.
Hospital security briefly detained the suspect, but let him go because they were unaware of the incident.
Staff had alerted security after they saw a suspicious man wandering in and out of patient rooms. Employees were also unaware
the 91-year-old had been assaulted.
The man, who was intoxicated, was escorted out of the building,
He was also believed to be wandering the halls of a nearby school the night before.
Salvatore Scrofano, 46, of Toronto, is charged with sexual assault and two counts of break-and-enter.
He is to appear at the Old City Hall courts on Saturday.
Officers Target Online Sex Preds
Toronto police are posing as underage girls and cruising
online chatrooms in a desperate attempt to collar sexual predators.
online, police have nabbed about a hundred predators lurking online in the past three years, and that's just in Toronto
The most recent arrest came just a few days ago when 31-year-old Ricardo Arrojado was charged on
five counts, including two counts of luring a child under 14, and invitation to sexual touching.
Cst. Warren Bulmer explained the process of nabbing predators.
"They have to suggest
a date and a time and if that interest is there then we send a team out, and when they show up an arrest
is made," he explained.
Police Seek More Victims After 2 Woman Allegedly Groped In Same Apt. Building
Thursday May 17, 2007
There's an old law enforcement saying that a criminal always returns to the scene of the crime. That's what Toronto
Police allege the man they've arrested at a North York apartment building did, and now they're on the hunt for other victims.
Two weeks ago, they received a call from a 22-year-old woman waiting in an elevator at a Jane and Sheppard area complex. She claims a man appeared, began talking to her and then started to touch her. She pulled away from him
and left the building.
A week later, cops took another report that seemed eerily identical. This time, it was a 32-year-old female who was inside
the lift when a man on his way up began what seemed like a friendly conversation. He suddenly leaned over and allegedly began
touching her, while she raised her arms to defend herself. Fortunately, the doors opened and she scampered away from him.
Police began looking for a suspect and found one, arresting 51-year-old Najman Jarjis. He's been charged with two counts
of sexual assault and made a Thursday court appearance. But detectives are convinced there may be other women who experienced
the same thing and they need to talk to them. Call (416) 808-3104 if you have something to tell them.
|Above: Francis Gerard Devine, 61|
March 22, 2007 - 03:24 pmTeacher
arrested for Sexual Exploitation,
42 Division42 Division
teacher, currently under suspension, was arrested on Tuesday, March 20, 2007.
It is alleged that:
- the accused,
while in a position of trust and authority, contacted a student by phone on numerous occasions in an attempt to elicit sexual
- the accused was under suspension at the time of the incident, because of earlier inappropriate behaviour
with another student,
- the accused was suspended from teaching.
The accused, Francis Gerard Devine, 61, of
Toronto, was arrested and charged with Criminal Harassment and Sexual Exploitation.
He was scheduled to appear in court
at 1911 Eglinton Avenue East, on Wednesday, March 21, 2007.
Police believe there may be more victims.
with information about this incident, or any other incidents involving this suspect, is asked to contact 42 Division at 416-808-4200,
Crime Stoppers at 416-222-TIPS (8477) or online at www.222tips.com.
Constable Isabelle Cotton, Public Information,
for Staff Sergeant Peter Dolamore, 42 Division
Woman Charged With Sexual Assault
Toronto Police released the picture of a woman charged with sexual assault Thursday
because they say she didn't tell her sexual partners about her HIV status and believe there may be other victims out there.
26-year-old from Hamilton was arrested on Sunday and police are alerting the public of her case. They allege she deliberately
withheld her important health information in order to have sex with men she met in bars in and around the GTA.
say Robin Lee St. Clair frequented bars in Hamilton, Brantford and Toronto on a regular basis and had sex with men she met
at those establishments. She was diagnosed with HIV four years ago.
St. Clair deliberately failed to tell one Toronto
man about her HIV-status, according to police, and allegedly did the same to other men in order to have sex with them,
often unprotected. Authorities are urging anyone who's had sex with her to seek medical attention immediately.
what we've learned, she will disclose it sometimes and she won't disclose it on other times," Det. Joseph De Lottenville
St. Clair appeared in court on Monday.
If you had sexual contact with her or have any information
that could help investigators, contact 32 Division at (416) 808-3204 or Crime Stoppers at (416) 222-TIPS.
Toronto Animator Guilty Of Having Sex With 13-Yr.-Old
Wednesday March 21, 2007
A Toronto animator who
runs a company called "Evil Clown Animation" has been convicted of having sex with a 13-year-old girl and could face a 14-year
Thirty-seven-year-old Michael Dobson was found guilty of four counts of sexual interference
after having a five-month relationship with a 13-year-old girl in 2002.
"It took a lot of courage for this young woman to come forward with these allegations. She
spent most of her teenage years dealing with this court case and these incidents," said Crown Attorney Cara Sweeny.
"I know that she is relieved and pleased to have some closure in this matter, and that's certainly
what this verdict is for her."
Currently the legal age of consent in Canada is 14 years old. Dobson met the young girl when she was
Despite her youth, the judge took note of her maturity.
"This young lady is 13 going on 19. I don't condone his behaviour in any respect. I found she was precocious beyond her years," he said during his ruling.
Dobson will be sentenced on May 18th.
Cops Arrest Man For Allegedly Showing Child Porn To Kids In Eaton Centre
Wednesday March 14, 2007
Normally, pedophiles operate undercover, in the dark recesses of their own fantasies and behind closed doors.
But Toronto Police allege a suspect they arrested this weekend was more open about his activities. And they fear other
children may have been exposed.
It started just before 9pm Saturday when cops were called to the McDonald's in the Eaton Centre. They'd received complaints
that a man was allegedly showing young kids pictures featuring child pornography.
They allege he wasn't even trying to hide what he was doing and that other patrons could clearly see what
was going on.
An alarmed customer called police who immediately arrested a suspect at the mall.
His name is Earl Joseph Robert Maillet and he's facing a variety of charges, including possession of child pornography.
But like most of these terrible stories, the real investigation only begins after the arrest. Cops say the 44-year-old
worked as a general contractor, which would have given him access to a large number of homes.
And they wonder if there were any other children he came into contact with on those jobs.
They're looking for witnesses to the alleged incident on Saturday. And they're asking anyone who may have anything
else to tell them to call (416) 808-7361.
Maillet will appear in the Old City Hall courts on Thursday.
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Former NHL agent David Frost is led by OPP officers into court in Napanee, Ont., Wednesday, Aug.23, 2006. (CP / Fred Chartrand)
Crown drops six charges against David Frost
Updated Tue. Mar. 6 2007 4:04 PM ET
CTV.ca News Staff
The Crown has dropped six sex charges and one assault charge against controversial hockey agent David Frost.
However, the 39-year-old Battersea, Ont. resident still faces six other charges of sexual exploitation. Those charges involved
three young boys and one young girl.
The victims were between 14 and 15 when the alleged offenses occurred. The date range for those alleged offense is set
between 1995 and 2001.
Crown prosecutor Adam Zegouras told a court in Napanee that senior Crown lawyers made the decision after reviewing the
They decided there was insufficient evidence that Frost was in a position of trust or authority" when the alleged attacks
occurred, he said.
The assault charge has been withdrawn because it's not as serious as the other offences, would have to be tried separately,
and would not be in the "public interest" to purse the charge right now, Zegouras said.
Frost has previously proclaimed his innocence on all the charges. The Crown will present its evidence before a judge at
a preliminary inquiry scheduled for May.
Frost became notorious as the object of a murder-for-hire plot by Mike Danton, a former client and former NHL player now
serving time in prison.
In Dec. 2005, Frost resigned as an NHL player agent. He had a small client list.
With files from The Canadian Press
Child Porn Arrest In Mississauga
Saturday February 10, 2007
A 54-year-old Mississauga man who police say was once actively involved in boys' baseball and hockey programs is facing
child porn charges.
A tip from the National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre led Peel Police to the suspect. Authorities executed a search
warrant at his home earlier this week and he's accused of downloading disturbing images from a child porn website over a month-long
Terrence Reeves is facing three counts of possession of child pornography and three counts of accessing child porn.
Police say the suspect used to live in Woodstock, Ont. where he was involved in boys' baseball and hockey programs dating
back to the 1980s.
Investigators are urging anyone who may have information regarding the accused to contact them at (905) 453-2121,
ext. 3490 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
Feb. 7 - StreetBeat - Sex Assault Arrest
Wednesday February 7, 2007
man is facing some disturbing charges in connection to alleged incidents involving children in his east end apartment building
and police fear there may be other victims that have yet to come forward.
Harry Doucette is accused of abusing two young
girls in his building in the Dawes Road and Danforth area. He's charged with two counts of sexual assault, two counts of sexual
interference and invitation to sexual touching.
Police are urging parents whose children may have had contact with the
suspect to contact them at (416) 808-5400 or call Crime Stoppers at (416) 222-TIPS.
Prosecutors Allege Kidnapped Boys Repeatedly Sexually Assaulted During Captivity
Tuesday February 6, 2007
It's the scenario you hoped wasn't true, but feared had happened.
According to charges filed in a Missouri court, the man allegedly responsible for kidnapping two young boys off the streets
of a St. Louis suburb repeatedly molested them while he held them captive.
Michael Devlin appeared before a judge on Monday, charged with 69 counts of forcible sodomy.
The 41-year-old pizzeria manager was arrested last month, when a 13-year-old disappeared after getting off a school bus
just seconds from his home. Ben Ownby would later be found in Devlin's apartment, after cops spotted a suspicious truck believed
used in the abduction.
But authorities also discovered something in that same residence that stunned the world - a now-15-year-old boy named Shawn
Hornbeck, missing for more than four years.
For weeks, the public has wondered about what happened to the elder lad, who told police he was 'terrorized' and made compliant
during his time in captivity.
And if the court allegations are true, we now have a better understanding of what form some of that terror took.
Prosecutors allege Devlin attacked Ownby 17 times, with court documents showing the violations happened four times for
each of the days the youngster was held.
They say he did the same thing to Hornbeck at least 56 times, most during the first month the boy was taken and at least
once every month thereafter until both were found on January 12th.
Prosecutors allege Devlin used a gun to take the first child hostage.
"Devlin acknowledged committing these acts," claims St. Louis county prosecutor Robert McCulloch.
Some of the evidence includes interviews with the boys themselves. Hornbeck has not spoken publicly about his ordeal and
despite appearances on several big U.S. TV talk shows, may never choose to do so.
But he's said to be willing to testify against his alleged abuser when the case goes to trial. "I think he's committed
to justice, as painful as it might be," Hornbeck family lawyer Scott Sherman assures.
Devlin has pleaded not guilty to the kidnapping charges. If he's convicted of the sodomy allegations, he could go away
for a very long time. Each count is punishable by life
Community In Shock After Reverend Arrested In Child Porn Raid
Friday February 2, 2007
For the second straight day, a man of the cloth has been accused of a terrible crime involving children.
Toronto Police have arrested a reverend who represents the St. Andrew's Parish of the Ontario Old Roman Catholic Church,
after allegedly discovering child pornography in his possession.
Cops contend they found a series of disturbing videos and pictures involving youngsters at 65-year-old Frederick Dunleavy's
Bleeker St. residence on Thursday.
"Members of the Toronto Police Service received information that Frederick Dunleavy was in possession of child pornography,"
relates Det. Cst. Amy Bjerknes. "Further to this allegation, we commenced an investigation."
They aren't saying yet how Dunleavy came to their attention, but they are concerned about what they claim to have found
in his home.
"During the search warrant, videos and still images of child pornography were seized. The children in the images range
in age from 5 years old to 17 years old."
St. Andrew's Parish, which has no affiliation with the Roman Catholic Church, is dedicated to helping the poor, the disabled
and the homeless, and is celebrating its 50th anniversary in the city of Toronto in May of this year.
Neighbours of the religious figure are shocked to hear he's been detained.
"He looked [like] a quiet guy," reflects Stan Evans. "I mean, you'd never think he'd [allegedly] do that. And a reverend?
That's not good, you know."
Cally Specht is sick of hearing about these kinds of stories. "Yet another clergyman has been arrested for child porn?"
she retorts. "This is getting ridiculous!"
Dunleavy and his congregation rent out the chapel of a Bloor and Sherbourne St. church but a volunteer says he
left the building six months ago.
In the meantime, cops are interested in finding out if this is an isolated incident or if there are victims that may have
more information to tell them.
Dunleavy is scheduled to appear at the College Park Courts on March 20th.
His arrest follows Thursday's collar of an 89-year-old priest for a historic sex assault.
Vernon Larthur Hirtle, who's still actively involved with the Baptist Church, is accused of repeatedly attacking a young girl when she had contact
with him between 1987 and 1990.
His court date has yet to be announced.
89-Year-Old Pastor Arrested For Sex Assault
Thursday February 1, 2007
He's an old man. He's a religious man. And he may be a troubled man.
Toronto Police have arrested an 89-year-old pastor and charged him with a historic sexual assault.
Cops allege Vernon Larthur Hirtle, who's still actively involved with the Baptist Church, repeatedly attacked a young girl
when she had contact with him between 1987 and 1990.
Investigators claim the attacks started when the child was just ten and continued for the next three years.
Detectives maintain the accused was a good friend of the family involved and even assisted them with some
The Mississauga resident has been a pastor since the 1940s and worked in a variety of locations across this province, as
well as in Nova Scotia.
Because of his long association with various congregations, cops are wondering if there are any other stories about Hirtle
that they need to hear. If you have one to tell, call the Sex Crimes Unit at (416) 808-7474.
A court date for the suspect is pending.
Suspect In School Sex Assault May Have Terrorized Another Woman Minutes Earlier
Wednesday January 24, 2007
It now appears the man suspected of assaulting a seven-year-old girl in a school washroom may have confronted and terrorized
another woman just minutes before he allegedly entered the High Park Centennial Montessori School on Tuesday afternoon.
An employee at a medical arts building in the Royal York and Queensway area was taken by surprise when she went to the
basement to check out something strange in the washroom.
"She found somebody in the washroom sitting with a bottle of wine beside him," recalls pharmacist Pauline Kurkjian, who
works in the building. "So he grabbed her with a peeling knife. She was scared ... she was screaming for help. But he
locked the door and wouldn't let her out."
The woman wasn't assaulted but he detained her until her screams alerted co-workers. When help arrived, the man
Not long after, the seven-year old girl told her teacher a stranger had sexually assaulted her at the school. The
campus is about ten minutes from the scene of the first incident.
Two parents and a school bus driver are credited with spotting the suspect and hauling him down until police arrived.
Officials with the private educational institution spent the day tightening security at the campus.
The owner remains stunned by what happened at a place he always considered safe for his students. He believes the intruder
came in through a temporarily unlocked back entrance.
"All the doors in the school are always locked all day. The only time that back door is open
is at 3:15 to facilitate parents coming into the school to pick up children," explains Brent Lisowski. "Somehow
or another this gentleman snuck into the school and into the girl's washroom.
"We don't know how it could happen because the school at that time is always with staff in
the hallways, parents in the hallways. There are a lot of people around. You know, just one of those things that is very disturbing
From now on staff will be guarding the door whenever it's open. And everyone will be keeping a closer eye peeled for anyone
who doesn't belong.
Parents are incensed by the attack but are staying true to their school.
"They've done so many good things, and I'm surprised it's happened," admits Richard Attard. "Like everybody knows everybody
here, so we're all wondering how somebody got in here.
"I think the school is a pretty good school and they are extremely careful with the kids, but I think with some things
we can't prevent," adds Adriana Carvalhal.
A psychologist was on hand at the campus as the kids returned Wednesday morning to help them deal with their fears over
the event. A meeting will be held in the evening for parents still concerned about safety.
The victim was able to tell a teacher what happened to her and police were called. An instructor and a school bus
driver spotted someone who didn't belong on the grounds and held him until police arrived.
The suspect has now been identified as Nicholas Finelli. Cops held off releasing his name or his picture so the woman in
the medical building could try and I.D. him in a line-up.
He made a brief court appearance on Wednesday and will be back before
the bench on Friday for a bail hearing. He's facing nine charges - and police believe he may have been involved in a third
They want to hear from anyone who knows what Finelli was doing on Monday and Tuesday.
The Grade One victim was checked out at the Hospital for Sick Children and released back to her parents. She remained
at home on Wednesday recovering from her frightening ordeal.
Some Charges Dropped Against Accused In Online Child Abuse Case
Friday December 8, 2006
A disturbing cross-border case of alleged child abuse broadcast online has become a more complex investigation
resulting in some charges against a suspect in Toronto being dropped.
The story began late last month when a woman in Woodlake, California, apparently a sex worker, called police alleging the
man she was chatting with online assaulted a young girl live on a webcam.
California cops launched an investigation, which led them to a suspect in the GTA and Toronto Police arrested 26-year-old
Matthew Hughes on sexual intereference and child porn charges on Dec. 1.
On Friday, Toronto authorities announced that the horrific scene of abuse the California woman claims she saw was previously
Police allege Hughes was watching that video which was fed to him by a third party, and enabled the California woman
to view it. Authorities have dropped the charge of sexual interference against Hughes, a volunteer soccer coach and part-time
correctional officer, but he's still facing child porn charges.
"I'm just really happy I've been exonerated on the first charge and I hope the other two will follow and I thank my
loved ones for being there when the times are tough and I'm going home for a shower and shave and large regular coffee," Hughes
said outside the courthouse Friday.
He posted $20,000 bail Friday afternoon.
"They made an arrest within hours of the complaint coming to their attention and without really doing their homework,"
Hughes' lawyer Barry Goldman said.
Hughes was suspended from his jail guard job without pay, but he's planning to fight that; he's the union steward.
The California woman told authorities she saw other young children in the background of the videotape. As a result of this
investigation, Det. Sgt. Kim Scanlan of the Sex Crimes Unit said a second victim has been identified, but she wouldn't reveal
"There are so many victims out there that they are live abuse videos of them, they could be anywhere in Toronto, Canada,
in the world," she said.
Authorities identified the alleged third party user and he's been arrested and charged by American authorities.
"Members of the Toronto Police Service were able to identify the third user, and with the assistance again of the Department
of Homeland Security, immigration and customs enforcement officers, a man was arrested yesterday at his home," Det. Const.
Warren Bulmer said Friday.
"The accused has been taken into custody and is being remanded on state and federal charges."
Nov. 27, 2006 - StreetBeat - Supply Teacher Charged In Sex Assault
Monday November 27, 2006
A man who was staying with a local Toronto family is now accused of betraying their trust by allegedly sexually
assaulting a 14-year-old boy who lived in their home.
Cops are alerting the public to the arrest of 24-year-old Dwayne Pac not only because of his alleged actions, but because
of his job.
The accused works as a supply teacher in the Toronto District School Board and while authorities want to make it clear
the alleged abuse took place in a home, they fear his job could have brought him into contact with other young teens - and
that there could be other victims out there.
Pac has worked at a number of different schools across the city.
He's charged with two counts of sexual assault and sexual exploitation. He made his first appearance on the charges Monday
morning at Old City Hall.
It's the second time in two weeks cops in the G.T.A. have accused a supply teacher of the terrible crime. Last week, Peel
Police alleged a 64-year-old Brampton fill-in took advantage of a 14-year-old girl during class.
If you have anything investigators should know about in this latest case, call them at (416) 808-5400,
or Crime Stoppers at (416) 222-TIPS (8477).
American Teacher Will Remain In Canada Despite Order Of Deportation
Monday December 18, 2006
A sex offender who was sentenced to 'exile' in Canada has been
ordered deported from the country, but his lawyer vows to vigorously appeal the decision, potentially allowing him to remain
in the country for an indefinite period of time.
Malcolm Watson was convicted of a misdemeanour sexual offence with
a 15-year-old girl across the border near Buffalo. But when a plea bargain in the case allowed the former teacher to avoid
jail time by staying in Canada, government officials at both Queen's Park and Ottawa reacted with outrage.
Now Immigration and Refugee Board member Liz Lasowski has decided that Watson must leave
the Niagara area where he's been staying.
His lawyer, however, is planning to put up a spirited fight.
"(He) can appeal the Immigration Appeal
Board decision to the Federal Court of Canada," said attorney Stephen Green.
"We could go then to the Court of Appeal and we could end up going to the Supreme Court."
Watson was found to be in a position of trust and authority over
his victim, a crime that's considered a criminal offence in Canada.
His presence here led the federal Conservatives to warn their U.S.
counterparts Canada wouldn't be considered a 'dumping' ground for their sexual criminals.
In fact Attorney General Michael Bryant
says he believes in free trade, but not free trade in criminals and says the American judge had no jurisdiction to do what
Despite the legal wranglings, Green says his client is staying put
for the time being.
"The deportation order against Mr. Watson is stayed. He is a permanent resident of Canada.
He's allowed to work in Canada, travel in Canada. Nothing has changed from this morning with respect to his status in Canada."
Canada-Wide Warrant Issued For Vancouver Sex Offender
Friday November 17, 2006
Canada-wide warrant has been issued for Vancouver sex offender John Robin Sharpe.
Sharpe, who became well known for challenging
the country's child pornography laws in the Supreme Court, is wanted for failing to follow the rules of the national sex offender
The 73-year-old is believed to be somewhere in British Columbia, Alberta, Montreal, Quebec, or possibly Southeast
In 1999, Sharpe argued in B.C.'s lower courts that Canada's laws against the possession of child porn violated
his Charter rights. He managed to win two decisions in the provincial courts, and though the SCOC upheld the current laws
it exempted personal writings from being subject to the legislation.
Sharpe's lawyers were in court last month trying
to have his conviction overturned for having sex with a boy under 14.
He's described as:
- Grey hair and blue eyes
- Often wears glasses
Anyone with information about Sharpe's whereabouts
or anyone who sees him is asked to call 911.
New Sex Assault Charges Laid Against Local Pastor
Wednesday December 20, 2006
was a man of God in a place of trust. But now what his followers and police both feared might happen has come to pass - another
alleged victim has come forward claiming she was sexually assaulted by her own pastor.
Charles Gayle, who heads the
Faith House Apostolic Church in the Lawrence and Caledonia area, was originally charged with four counts of sexual assault
and four more of sexual exploitation last October after a 14-year-old girl came forward and accused him of having inappropriate contact with her.
At least one
of the alleged attacks was said to have taken place at the church.
But authorities were sure there were other victims
who may not have told police about their experiences. And they appealed for calls on his activities last October.
paid off when another 15-year-old girl came forward on Wednesday alleging she was taken advantage of by the 48-year-old, too.
Cops re-arrested Gayle, who had been out on bail.
And now they're putting out yet another appeal after learning
that Gayle also worked as a registered nurse and made the rounds at local community health centres. They're still encouraging
phone calls to (416) 808-1305.
The accused will be back in court on the new charges Thursday.
Whitby Man Facing 282 Sex-Related Charges Appears In Court
2006/10/26 | CityNews.ca
Michael Stratton faces nearly 300 sex and child porn charges, and he was due in
court Thursday where a video remand hearing preceded a bail hearing set for November 7.
39-year-old Whitby man is facing exactly 282 charges, the bulk of which are related to sexual assault, the making of child
pornography and forcible confinement.
Meanwhile, police continue to seek help in identifying
a little girl whose image is among hundreds that were found on sexually explicit videotapes that were seized in the case.
Officials estimate the girl is five or six-years-old and believe she may have stayed overnight with
the accused on one or more occasions.
"We still have one outstanding victim that is unknown
to us," said Durham police Det. Randy Norton.
"We're appealing to the public that
if they entrusted Mr. Stratton with their child between 1998 and 2001, we would like to hear from those people to assist us
in identifying this young girl."
Police have already identified more than 10 victims from
the material allegedly recovered from Stratton's home, and suspect there are still more out there.
who record this type of material, that is their currency on the Internet," said Paul Gillespie, a consultant and former
head of the Toronto police child exploitation unit.
"It allows them to interact with their peers, because
images or movies in their collection are the most important thing in their life. They need that currency to trade for other
images and movies involving newer abuse."
Stratton leaving the courthouse on Tuesday October 24, 2006.
Two more come forward in Durham sex assault case
CTV.ca News Staff
Three more young women have come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct at the hands of Whitby's Michael "Ross"
Stratton, already in custody on nearly 300 charges.
Durham Region police put out a plea earlier this week for people who had contact with Stratton over the last 20 years to
speak with them.
As a result, three women who were children at the time of the alleged offences have spoken to police.
"Other victims have come forward and now we're going to pursue an investigation into those allegations," Det. Randy Norton
told CTV News.
"A lot of the time, (victims) live with issues for many years before they have the courage to come forward"
Norton said more charges are likely, based on the latest allegations.
So far, 12 people have come forward alleging abuse by Stratton.
Durham police have received a flood of calls from people who know Stratton, expressing their "anger" and "disgust," Norton
Stratton is in custody at the Lindsay superjail, where he has been held since June on other sex charges.
He is in protective custody, meaning he is isolated from the other inmates.
Stratton was once married and has children, CTV News has learned.
With a report from CTV's Jim Junkin
The main floor of the house where suspect Peter Whitmore held two boys captive near Kipling, Sask. is seen. (CP / Troy
Whitmore preliminary hearing set for Jan. 8
REGINA — A convicted pedophile accused of sexually assaulting a Saskatchewan boy
and a Manitoba teen will face a preliminary hearing in January.
After a brief hearing in Regina provincial court today, Peter Whitmore was ordered to appear in court Jan. 8.
Prosecutor Anthony Gerein says it's expected to take four days to hear evidence and witness testimony at the preliminary
Whitmore, who faces 15 charges in the alleged kidnapping and sexual assault, also elected to be tried by judge and jury.
His decision meant he was not required to enter a plea today.
Whitmore has been in custody since August when he surrendered to police after a 10-hour standoff at an abandoned farmhouse
in Kipling, Sask.
Police image of Michael 'Ross' Stratton from August.
Police ask for help in Ontario sex assault case
CTV.ca News Staff
Police have issued a public appeal in the case of an Ontario man facing nearly 300 sexual assault and child pornography
charges in a case they say stretches back more than 20 years.
Michael "Ross" Stratton of Whitby, outside Toronto, is already in custody on other sex charges.
He now faces another 282 counts for offences alleged to have occurred over a two-decade period.
Following a public appeal by police to Stratton's alleged victims in late August, several more people came forward. Police
say two of the alleged victims were just six years of age at the time of the assaults, and one alleged victim was as young
Investigators believe there may be even more victims, and are asking for them to come forward.
Victims can contact Durham Region Police at 905-579-1520 ext. 5363. Anonymous calls can be made to the
Durham Region Crime Stoppers at 905-222-8477.
"It's our feeling there are other victims out there who are afraid to come forward, and it has a very big impact on these
victims now that this has all come to light," said Norton.
"The proper things can be put into place with regards to getting them the help they need to deal with it emotionally."
Among the numerous charges Stratton faces:
- Sexual assault: 89 counts
- Making child pornography: 85 counts
- Forcible confinement: 82 counts
- Sexual assault with a weapon: 2 counts
- Possession of child pornography: 1 count
- Assault with a weapon: 2 counts
- Threatening death: 4 counts
He has also been charged with sexual intercourse with a female between the ages of 14 and 16, which dates back to 1985.
"Officers allege some of the sex attacks occurred in Stratton's Whitby home, and some were recorded with a home video system,"
reported CTV Toronto's Jim Junkin.
According to one neighbour, it was common to see young people entering the home.
"I'd see a teenager and she'd bring a small child. My husband thought it was a half-way house," she said.
Police raided Stratton's home in June and seized hours of video, allegedly documenting the sexual assault of girls. Police
also say they found pictures of children taken on outings to public places like Canada's Wonderland, an Ontario amusement
It's believed the videos were destined for the Internet, where law enforcement officials face a constant struggle against
an estimated 14 million child pornography websites. About 20,000 new images of victims are being created every week.
According to Earla-Kim McColl of the National Child Exploitation Centre, many victims suffer at the hands of people close
to their families.
"We warn our children about 'stranger danger,' but in reality it's somebody that has legitimate access to them that the
parents trust, so it covers all socio-economic lines," said McColl.
Stratton stood briefly before an Oshawa court judge Tuesday, and was ordered to be held in jail until his next appearance
on Nov. 7.
With a report by CTV's Lisa LaFlamme and Jim Junkin
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Peter Whitmore arrives to Court of Queen's Bench in Regina, Sask. on Monday, July 23, 2007. (CP / Troy Fleece)
Peter Whitmore pleads guilty in deal with Crown
Updated Mon. Jul. 23 2007 6:06 PM ET
CTV.ca News Staff
Convicted pedophile Peter Whitmore has pleaded guilty in the abduction and sexual assault of a Saskatchewan boy and a Manitoba
In exchange for a guilty plea, the Crown offered Whitmore a life sentence without the possibility of parole for seven years.
Whitmore's plea relates to 15 charges arising from events last July involving the two boys.
They include three counts of sexual assault causing bodily harm, one kidnapping charge, one charge of abduction of a person
under the age of 14 and one charge of unlawful confinement.
Whitmore also pleaded guilty to uttering threats, possession of a pellet gun and a knife, possession of child pornography
and with making child pornography available to his alleged victims.
"We spent the morning listening to him plead guilty on each individual charge," CTV's Sarah Galashan reported from the
"I could turn behind me and see family members in tears as they listened and the father of one of the boys simply staring
at Peter Whitmore as the details were read into court."
Court of Queen's Bench Justice Ian McLellan called Whitmore's acts "repulsive and sickening.''
Galashan said Whitmore showed little emotion during the process.
"I watched him very carefully and his upper lip did tremble although I have in my notes that I never really thought he
was about to cry," she said.
'Dangerous offender' designation
The plea deal offered to Whitmore will spare him the dangerous offender designation. It also means the victims will not
have to take the stand and testify about their experience with Whitmore.
A dangerous offender designation would mean Whitmore would be put behind bars indefinitely, without the possibility of
parole for seven years -- the same as a life sentence.
The parole board says it treats lifers and dangerous offenders the same when considering parole.
However, legal experts say criminals with dangerous offender status are usually red flagged and are rarely ever granted
Still, Crown lawyer Anthony Gerein said the sentence essentially achieves the same goal since Whitmore will spend the rest
of his life under some form of supervision.
"He destroyed so much that can never be restored,'' Gerein told the judge. "It ends here. It ends now, with life in prison.''
Gerein described Whitmore as having an "unrelenting commitment to pedophilia.''
He also read out victim impact statements, including one from the 14-year-old Manitoba youth that concluded: "I wish none
of this ever happened. Then I would still be me.''
Whitmore's lawyer read an apology letter on behalf of his client that said: "I had no right to do the things that I did
and I'm very sorry.''
Whitmore has been held at a Regina jail since his arrest last August.
He was arrested Aug. 1 after an exhaustive manhunt and 10-hour standoff at an abandoned farmhouse in Saskatchewan.
Both of the boys involved were returned safely to their families. But not long after Whitmore was arrested, the Crown had
asserted it would seek dangerous offender status.
Whitmore, who has been described by justice officials as someone who cannot be rehabilitated, has never been sentenced
to more than six years at a time.
In 1993, Whitmore served 16 months behind bars after an Ontario conviction for abduction and sexual offences involving
Just over a week after his release, he took an eight-year-old girl from Guelph, Ont., to Toronto and was sentenced to another
56 months in jail for the offences involving the girl.
With files from The Canadian Press
Whitmore's long history of victimizing children
Updated Mon. Jul. 23 2007 6:39 PM ET
REGINA -- For nearly 20 years, Peter Whitmore has been hunting children across Canada
and forcing them to satisfy his sexual desires.
To say that he was a predator well-known to police when he embarked on his last expedition, to the Prairies last summer,
would be an understatement. His victims numbered over a dozen. He'd been jailed repeatedly and, time after time, was assessed
as a high risk to reoffend.
Sometimes he'd attack a child just days after being released.
Invariably, prison psychologists characterized him as a manipulative liar, unwilling to admit that he'd ever harmed anyone.
The sordid history was laid out Monday in Court of Queen's Bench as Whitmore was sentenced to life in prison for his latest
crimes _ kidnapping and sexually assaulting a Manitoba teenager and a 10-year-old Saskatchewan boy.
Documents suggest his life of crime began in 1988, when Whitmore himself was only 18. The attacks began in Toronto in 1989,
when he began luring boys with money or the pretence of a job or a delivery errand.
For his sex crimes against five boys, aged 11 to 13, he was sentenced to 16 months in addition to six months' time served,
and three years probation. He was released on July 29, 1994, after serving two-thirds of his sentence, with strict orders
to avoid contact with children under 14.
Within nine days, he was on the prowl again, this time in Guelph, Ont., where he posed as a worker in child protective
services and managed to trick a mother into turning over her eight-year-old girl. He took her to Toronto, where he forced
her to perform sexual acts on him before sending her home in a taxi.
Another victim was a boy, 9, who lived next door to Whitmore in Keswick, Ont., and was talked into a sleepover. "(The victim)
would say no or stop, it would stop, but then Peter Whitmore would offer money and ask to do it again,'' the court document
states. "That occurred a few times over the course of the one night in question.''
For those two crimes, invitation to sexual touching and sexual interference, Whitmore was sentenced to 56 months in prison
and prohibited from contact with young children.
Even his cellmate at Millhaven Institution, near Kingston, Ont., was disturbed by some of Whitmore's behaviour.
"I know he needs help,'' reported the inmate. "He would stand six inches from TV and stare at kids. He would even touch
the screen where the kid's private parts were. I remember one time when he told me that women were nothing but trouble.''
Back then, he'd admitted to prison psychologist Bruce Malcolm that he'd had 10 or 11 "what he considered 'relationships'
with boys mainly under the age of 12.'' He didn't co-operate with treatment programs in any serious way. Malcolm found Whitmore
a high risk to reoffend.
In March 1997, after authorities at Kent Institution in Agassiz, B.C., found him hiding pictures of children in various
stages of dress, psychologist C. Smiley determined that Whitmore was "at a high risk for maintaining/entering his crime cycle
and for continuing to reinforce his inappropriate sexual responses to children.''
In June 1997, back at Millhaven, yet another psychologist, Jerome Fransblow, had a bleak assessment, describing "a young
man with serious credibility problems due to his lying ... who represents a significant risk to children as an untreated sex
At one point in a psychiatric facility, he even tried to come on to children who were visiting another patient.
In January 1998, Whitmore was rejected for parole. But he was released in December 1999, when his sentence expired, under
orders to avoid any activity that would place him in contact with kids.
"It is the belief of the writer that Mr. Whitmore has a goal of offending against children and is determined to beat the
social and judicial system that is currently in place to protect those very same children,'' wrote Det. Paul Lobsinger of
the Toronto Police Service, who prepared a report in advance of his release.
This time Whitmore fled to Mexico, and his next jail sentence was one year, for disobeying a court order. Within a month
of his release in 2000, he was found in a Toronto hotel room with a 13-year-old runaway from New Brunswick. Another 12-month
After his release on Nov. 10, 2001, he continued to break the ban on contact with kids, earning another three years behind
bars. But he wasn't getting any better. At the Ontario Regional Treatment Centre in Kingston, offender counsellor Carey Sturgeon
quoted Whitmore to illustrate his attitude: "I am not hurting children by performing oral sex on them'' or "I am not hurting
them because I do not beat them'' or "I am not hurting them because they consent to it and they like it.''
What happened after his release in June 2005 seemed inevitable.
By now he was a registered sex offender. His psychologist and case worker offered no hope for optimism.
He made his way to Conception Bay, N.L., where he paid a young boy $40 in exchange for a chance to touch the boy in June
2006. He was never charged.
One month later he was being accused of kidnapping one boy in Winnipeg and another in Whitewood, Sask. and taking them
on a nightmarish journey of forced sex before he was finally arrested at an abandoned farmhouse.
Police Fear Accused Suspect May Be One Of G.T.A.'s Most Prolific Pedophiles
2006/10/24 | CityNews.ca Staff
That's what Durham Regional Police are contending, after laying a staggering
282 new charges against a man already facing a wide range of child porn and sexual misconduct allegations.
told you about a chameleon named Michael "Ross" Stratton last August. (That's him at left in his various incarnations
over the years.)
Police arrested the 39-year-old Whitby resident last June and issued a public appeal about him two
Cops allege they found a large number of videos in his possession depicting young children involved in
various sex acts. They've been watching the disgusting tapes ever since, trying to figure out who the victims are.
have come forward since the summer and police allege the attacks they describe go as far back as 1985. They charge two of
the victims were only six years old when the crimes took place. They're now in their late teens.
Other alleged victims were between the ages of five and nineteen.
Still, investigators fear they may
have only scratched the surface, accusing Stratton of being one of the worst and most prolific pedophiles they've ever come
And they're wondering if there are even more now grown adults out there with their own stories to tell.
in charge of the investigation are overwhelmed by the number of charges and say more could be coming.
"It was one
of the most disturbing cases I've had to deal with. It's the most charges that I have laid in my career," confirms Det.
Police believe the bulk of the suspected attacks took place in the suspect's Rosedale Drive
home over the past few decades. They won't say what Stratton did for a living, but do admit he has kids of his own.
were shocked when Stratton was hauled away in June. They're even more astounded to learn about the latest developments. "It's
just disgusting," one woman agrees. "Oh, my God!"
Detectives allege the victims were lured to his house,
plied with drugs and then videotaped while being assaulted.
And they maintain the evidence they found turned their stomachs.
was revolting. It was sickening," Inspector Dave Wilson related in the summer. "As a matter of fact we had one young
officer that we had assisting us that couldn't view the videos any longer to assist us. It's that sickening."
least one youngster on the tape remains unidentified and authorities are desperate to find out who she is.
hoping shots of the suspect will jog some long dormant memories and they'll call in with a revelation or two.
you know anything, contact Durham Police now at (905) 579-1520 ext. 5363, or anonymously at CrimeStoppers,
The suspect was back in an Oshawa courtroom Tuesday to hear the long list of new
charges. They include:
Sexual Assault (89 counts)
Making Child Pornography (85 counts)
Confinement (82 counts)
Sexual Assault with a Weapon (2 counts)
Possession of Child Pornography (1 count)
Choking (1 count)
Sexual Interference (5 counts)
Sexual Exploitation (2 counts)
Robbery (2 counts)
Invitation to Sexual Touching (3 counts)
Assault (3 counts)
Threatening Death (4 counts)
a Weapon (2 counts)
Sexual Intercourse with a female between 14&16 (Historical 1985) (1 count)
Dangerous Offender Re-Arrested In Mississauga
2006/09/25 | CityNews.ca Staff
He worried residents in the Dixie and Bloor area, where he came to stay after a prison sentence.
now Roger Waddling has a new address - a jail cell.
The 29-year-old was originally convicted of aggravated sexual assault
and forcible confinement and was released in May. His freedom prompted police to issue a public warning that he was likely
to reoffend and officials managed to procure a so-called 810 ruling against him, meaning he would only be released with strict
A few short hours later, he was back behind bars for buying and drinking some booze. That returned him to custody
until July 4th when they set him loose again with the proviso he not get into any trouble for a full year
until September 7th, when Peel Police received a report about a Peeping Tom looking into the window of a woman's home near
Cawthra and Dundas St. Cops patrolled the area but couldn't find anyone.
But when the victim saw the previously released
community safety bulletin, she allegedly recognized Waddling and police picked him up this weekend. He's charged with
a number of new offences and will be in court for a bail hearing on Tuesday.
Despite his latest predicament, Waddling
assured the public during the summer that he wasn't a danger to anyone.
"I've done eight years in a penitentiary,"
he maintained in July. "That's enough man, that's enough to change people. The media is portraying me as some kind of
animal and I'm not an animal."
Pastor And Teacher Accused Of Terrible Crime Involving A 13-Year-Old Girl
| CityNews.ca Staff
Cops have charged a 43-year-old man who works as both a pastor and a teacher with a series
of sex crimes.
Paul Tuck teaches at the Mississauga Christian Academy, a private Christian school. He's accused
of luring one of his own teenaged students over the Internet for sex and then assaulting the youngster at both his school
and his church.
The case came to the attention of authorities after the parents of a 13-year-old girl became aware of
the alleged offences and contacted police.
Detectives say the accused is friends with the family and has taught the
alleged victim for the past two years. They contend Tuck would contact the girl over the web, where he supposedly engaged
in explicit dialogue with the child.
The accuse him of using his church and his classroom as a point of contact with
the teen and that he physically carried out some of his web conversations on 'numerous occasions'.
News of his arrest
shocked parents who in the area of the school he taught at.
"The street is full of little kids
and in the morning it's packed with children going to school. There are three schools in the area," said
"I'm pretty shocked actually because I never expected it from that school,
that's one of the reason I sent (my son) here" adds Kim Decoito.
Tuck, who has two daughters of his own,
is facing charges of luring, sexual assault and sexual interference, and remains behind bars awaiting a bail hearing on the
He keeps a profile on MySpace.com, and some of his personal comments are worrisome.
"I am a pastor," he writes, as a slideshow of
him at school and with friends passes by. "I mean, I USED to be a pastor.
"MY LIFE IS IN LIMBO RIGHT NOW.
Maybe it's in limbo forever, I don't know ... I feel lately like I have been to hell and back."
know people in positions of trust often have easy access to children and they're wondering if any other kids have come into
similar contact with the accused.
If you can help fill in the blanks, call Peel Police at (905) 453-2121,
Hockey Trainer Charged With Sexual Assault
2006/07/22 | CityNews.ca Staff
The 60-year-old suspect is facing four charges including sexual assault and sexual exploitation
for offences that allegedly happened in 1998, but were only recently reported to police.
Authorities say the man has
been a self-employed fitness trainer for 36 years and recruits boys through Toronto hockey arenas.
Alberi is facing one count of sexual assault and three counts of sexual exploitation and was scheduled to appear in court
Police believe there may be more victims out there and are appealing for anyone with information to
contact them at (416) 808-2205 or Crime Stoppers at (416) 222-TIPS.
With Child Porn Charges
| CityNews.ca Staff
Man Charged In Child Porn Case
It started with a tip to police on the weekend. It ended Monday with
the arrest of a man on child pornography charges.
a search warrant after receiving information about certain images that were allegedly stored on a man's computer. When they
searched his home, they claim they found a large number of suspicious images, along with several videos.
Robert Fedoruk, a 51-year-old who apparently worked with young people, remains behind bars charged with possession
of child pornography. He'll be in court Thursday.
are hoping to hear from anyone who might have had contact with the suspect.
Durham Police Warn Of Sex Predator's Release
2006/06/08 | CityNews.ca Staff
Another neighbourhood living in fear.
Regional Police have become the latest local force to warn residents that a dangerous predator is now living in their midst
- and there's nothing they could do to stop it.
Cecil Kitch Munro was released from a treatment centre in Kingston
The 47-year-old was serving a three-year sentence for a sexual assault he committed in Whitby, but received
seven and half months credit for time served while in custody.
But with the end of his sentence came his release
and his return to the scene of his crimes - the Oshawa area.
Cops consider him a danger to the community and are
working on getting a section 810 served on him - the same kind of ultimately unsuccessful legal leash authorities tried to
impose on Karla Homolka after her release in Quebec.
The order allows police to place severe restrictions on former
prisoners to try and keep tabs on them.
But until they succeed through the courts, Munro is a free man.
How dangerous is he?
His record stretches back to 1976 and he's amassed a stunning record of 54 separate convictions
for a variety of offences.
At least six of those were of a sexual nature against women and children. Officers
note that during his last stay behind bars he was denied parole.
Parents in the area are worried just hearing
about his presence, but some vow they won't live in fear and will remain vigilant.
"It is important to know
who this offender is so that we can protect our children," demands Kim Grant. "That's part of our responsibility
as a community to look out for our neighbours that way."
For now, Munro is forbidden to be alone with anyone
under the age of 18, can't use drugs or alcohol, and has to avoid parks, schools, community centres and even arcades where
young people gather.
Cops vow to keep an eye on him.
"Our offender enforcement unit will be monitoring
this man," confirms Sgt. Paul McCurbin. "I know that for a fact. They have contacted him. He is aware of his conditions
and they will speak with him and advise him that they are watching."
Munro is described as:
- Light brown collar length hair,
- Blue eyes,
- He has tattoos of a heart with a banner on his left
arm and the word "Mother" on his right arm.
- It's not the first time in
recent months local guardians have had to bear the brunt of the release of a potentially dangerous offender. Last April, women
around York University had an eerie feeling after 23-year-old Philip Foremsky was put back into the community. He had a record
of sex assault and other violent offences
High Risk Sex Offender Released In Mississauga
2010/01/05 | CityNews.ca Staff
A high-risk sex
offender has moved to the Mississauga Valley, just months after he was arrested for violating his probation.
MacNeill, 38, was first released into the neighbourhood on August 28, 2009. He was picked up by police just one month later
and was eventually sentenced to time served.
MacNeill’s criminal record includes convictions for Sexual Interference,
Luring a Child under 14 Years of Age and Child Pornography.
He is still bound by a probation order, but police
believe he is at high risk to re-offend.
Officers as well as members of the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional
Services will be monitoring his behaviour.
However, they are asking members of the public to be cautious.
Police have also warned that MacNeill is still a Canadian citizen and residents should not take matters into their own hands.
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