Ontario child porn sweep nabs Cornwall man

In this provided photo, O.P.P. officers share details of their one month investigation into child pornography during a news conference in Vaughan, Ont. on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. The investigation resulted in 122 people being charged including a Cornwall man. (O.P.P. via Newswatch Group)

CORNWALL – A Cornwall man is among 122 people arrested as part of a one month province-wide investigation into online child sexual abuse.

The O.P.P. got 267 warrants and laid 551 charges against 122 people, including 11 youth, as part of the Provincial Strategy to Protect Children from Sexual Abuse and Exploitation on the Internet.

Police were also able to identify 55 victims, who have been referred to help from various community agencies for help.

During a news conference today (Wednesday) in Vaughan, police showed a video of how they had tracked 834 unique IP addresses, which were storing or distributing child pornography. But those IP addresses uncovered in November are the “tip of the iceberg,” investigators said.

In Cornwall, 25-year-old Jared B.J. Hendrie was arrested and charged with possession of child pornography.

Hendrie will appear in Cornwall court on Dec. 27.

“Perpetrators of online sexual exploitation often minimize their actions by saying they were ‘just looking.’ Let me be clear: Anyone who possesses, distributes, accesses or otherwise supports the supply and demand chain for child sexual abuse images are complicit in the sexual exploitation of children,” said O.P.P. Staff Sgt. Sharon Hanlon. the coordinator of the provincial strategy.

Watch the news conference below.

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