OPP charge 122 people with child sexual exploitation offences


It wasn't a big, fancy, elaborate investigation.

Instead, this is just a snapshot into daily life in this province, and the amount of material featuring children being sexually exploited.

In the month of November alone, police charged 122 people, with more than 550 offences.

"Charged persons include, former and current teachers, emergency service personel, members of our military, engineers and immediate family members of the victims." says OPP Staff Sgt Sharon Hanlon.

OPP today, held a press conference in Vaughan, along with 26 other police agencies from around the province, showing media what they deal with on a typical month.

Investigators say they identified 55 victims, with the youngest just three-years-old.

"Sadly, we are seeing the children in these collections getting younger and younger, and the acts depicted, getting more violent." says Hanlon.

During the press conference, police showed a video displaying 834 unique IP addresses associated to the possession of making available child sexual abuse material. That number of IP addresses was found during the month of November alone.

Police say that's just the "tip of the iceberg" when it comes to online child sexual exploitation in Ontario.

The charges for the 122 people include, sexual assault, sexual interference, invitation to sexual touching, possession of child pornography, making child pornography available, distrobution of child pornography, making child pornography, luring and making sexually explicit material available to a child.
 
Police believe there could be more charges laid.

Of the people charged, one has been identified as a paramedic in Hamilton.

"I feel it's important to share this information with you, as you need to know that these people are neighbours, relatives and friends. They are people we invite into our world, because we trust them."