A 41-year-old Haileybury man is facing child pornography charges after an OPP investigation in Temiskaming Shores.
Officers from the OPP Child Sexual Exploitation Unit, Digital Forensics, and Temiskaming OPP arrested and charged a Temiskaming Shores resident following the online child sexual exploitation investigation.
On May 14, police executed a search warrant at a home in Haileybury and seized numerous electronic exhibits for further examination.
Andrew James Donovan, 41, was arrested and charged with two counts of possession of child pornography and one count of making available child pornography.
Donovan was released from custody following a bail hearing and is next scheduled to appear in court on June 8, at the Ontario Court of Justice in Haileybury.
"Many victims of child sexual abuse are so young that they cannot tell their story," says an OPP release."Every time an image or video depicting that abuse is shared, that child is re-victimized. Members of the OPP Child Sexual Exploitation Unit will continue to pursue individuals who exploit children on the Internet."
Anyone wanting to make a difference is encouraged to go to www.protectchildren.ca and download the "Child Sexual Abuse-It Is Your Business" brochure from the Canadian Center for Child Protection. This is an important first step that can save a child.
Parents are reminded to take a proactive approach to help protect their children from online sexual exploitation by speaking with their children regarding internet safety. Parents and anyone interested in protecting children can find resources to assist them at www.cybertip.ca.
Police are asking anyone who may have information regarding this investigation or if you have information regarding internet child exploitation, to contact the OPP.
If wish to remain anonymous you can contact Crime Stoppers at (TIPS) or 1-800-222-8477