Major child exploitation investigation leads to hundreds of charges

By Rosalind Russell – Sixty-four people, including two from Sault Ste. Marie and another from Greater Sudbury, face hundreds of charges in relation to a province-wide online child exploitation investigation that took place earlier this year.

The Ontario Provincial Police Orillia head office says the Project Aquatic investigations took place between February 19th to February 29th and identified 34 victims.

It what the OPP describes as staggering numbers, the province-wide investigation looked into all forms of online child exploitation before laying the charges.

Investigators identified and arrested those making, possessing, and distributing child sexual abuse material.

The identified victims were provided victim support, and impacted children were safeguarded.

As a result of Project Aquatic, 348 charges were laid in all with 607 electronic devices seized and 30 children safeguarded.

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