Two locals arrested as part of massive online child sexual exploitation investigation
Kingston Police Services say that the fight against online child sexual exploitation has resulted in two local arrests in Kingston. The two arrests were made between November 27th and 30th, 2023.
The individuals who were arrested in Kingston were transported to headquarters and held for a bail hearing. Police say they have carried out searches at the dwelling places of the accused parties and seized computer equipment for further investigation.
As a result, 38-year-old Matthew Ryce from Kingston has been charged with two counts of possession of child pornography, making available child pornography and distribution of child pornography. The other local individual, a 43-year-old man was charged with possession of child pornography, making available child pornography and distribution of child pornography.
Police say these arrests involved the Ontario Provincial Police and Kingston Police through its Provincial Strategy to Protect Children from Sexual Abuse and Exploitation on the Internet (Provincial ICE Strategy) as well as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
Local police services continue, stating that concurrent operations tied to CSAM were also conducted in New Brunswick and other locations in Ontario including Ottawa, Kitchener, Georgina, Greater Sudbury, Barrie, Windsor, Belleville, Clarence-Rockland, Essex, Burlington, Guelph, London, and Toronto. In Ontario, 18 individuals linked to CSAM were arrested. Police say these individuals ranged in age from 24 to 84.
Additionally, a total of 29 arrests linked to CSAM were also made in Quebec between November 27th to 30th.
Backed by the Sûreté du Québec's (SDQ) integrated child pornography enforcement team, this major operation was led by officers from the online child sexual exploitation investigation team and the major crime investigations service of the SDQ with assistance from the police services of Montreal, Longueil, Laval, Québec and Gatineau.
In Quebec, the arrests were made in Montreal, Trois-Rivières, Repentigny, St-Jérôme, Terrebonne, Laval, St-Hyacinthe, Drummondville, Québec, Acton Vale, St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Sherbrooke, Val-d'Or, Rouyn Noranda, Gatineau, Longueil, St-George de Beauce, Beauceville and Cap-Santé.
Police say, in total 29 male individuals aged between 18 and 84 have been arrested. The St-Jérôme, Terrebonne, Sherbrooke, Repentigny, St-Jean-sur-Richelieu and Trois Rivières police services were also involved during the operation in which 300 officers and civilians were mobilized.
With files by CFRA's Connor Ray