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Police arrest five in child pornography investigation

Posted April 13, 2017

A multi-jurisdictional police operation has netted five males in Simcoe County and Huntsville, including last week's arrest of an Essa Township man, who now face several charges each related to online child sexual exploitation.

A press release issued this morning states eight search warrants were executed in Barrie, Bradford, and Huntsville by the OPP's Child Sexual Exploitation Unit, the OPP Technological Crime Unit, the Barrie Police Service (Internet Child Exploitation) and the South Simcoe Police Service, who jointly worked on several separate investigations over a two month period.

In total, 47 devices were seized and 16 child sexual exploitation charges including luring a child over the Internet, possession, accessing and making available- images of child pornography. A related investigation has been forwarded to law enforcement partners in the United States for follow up.

A summary of the investigations, involved persons and charges laid are as follows:

March 28, 2017 the OPP Child Sexual Exploitation Unit and the South Simcoe Police Service concluded a child pornography investigation. Kyle Evans, 25 years old of The Town of Bradford, Ontario was charged with Possession of child pornography (two counts). The accused will return to court on May 18, 2017 in Bradford.

On April 3, 2017, the OPP Child Sexual Exploitation Unit, the OPP Technological Crime Unit and the Barrie Police Service (ICE unit) conducted an online undercover investigation resulting in an arrest of a 26 year old male from Barrie, Ontario. Police charged Jayme Syring, 26 years old of The City of Barrie, Ontario with luring a child over the Internet. (two counts). The accused was later released from a bail hearing and will return to court on April 12, 2017 in Barrie.

On April 4, 2017 the OPP Child Sexual Exploitation Unit, the OPP Technological Crime Unit, Huntsville OPP Detachment and the Barrie Police Service (ICE unit) arrested a man following a child pornography investigation. Frederick (Rod) MacLeod, 58 years old of Huntsville, Ontario was arrested and charged with Possession of child pornography (three counts). The accused was released from a bail hearing and will return to court on April 19, 2017 in Huntsville.

On April 4, 2017 the OPP Child Sexual Exploitation Unit, the OPP Technological Crime Unit and the Barrie Police Service (ICE unit) arrested a man following a child pornography investigation. Richard Sheardown, 50 years old of The City of Barrie, Ontario was arrested and charged with Possession of child pornography (two counts). The accused was released from a bail hearing and will return to court on May 1, 2017 in Barrie.

On April 5, 2017 the OPP Child Sexual Exploitation Unit, the OPP Technological Crime Unit and the Nottawasaga OPP Detachment arrested a man following a child pornography investigation initiated by the Greater Sudbury Police Service. Thomas Arthur Reid, 61 years old of Essa Township, Ontario was arrested and charged with Possession of child pornography (three counts), accessing child pornography (two counts) and making available child pornography (two counts). The accused was released from a bail hearing and will return to court on April 17, 2017 in Bradford.

The investigations are continuing.

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