Friday, September 23, 2016

Child pornography investigation leads to two arrests

NIAGARA – An investigation by the Niagara Regional Police Internet child exploitation unit, which started with information from Hamilton police, has led to the arrest of a man from St. Catharines and another from Kitchener.

In August, the Hamilton Police Service gave Niagara police some information, prompting them to begin an investigation into the exploitation of children on the Internet.

In early September, police searched an address in St. Catharines and arrested a St. Catharines man, charging him with making agreement or arrangement to commit sexual interference and possession of child pornography.

Police say they will not be releasing the man's name because they want to protect the integrity of the ongoing investigation.

However, police said that as a result of the search, they were able to identify an additional suspect involved in the exploitation of children on the Internet.

On Sept. 16, Niagara police, with the assistance of police from Hamilton and Waterloo, arrested Geoffrey Burnet, 48, of Kitchener. He was charged with making child pornography and transmitting child pornography.

Burnet, it turns out, had been under investigation by Hamilton police since May. The investigation was looking into child abuse allegation and expanded to online child exploitation.

On Sept. 20, Hamilton police arrested and charged Burnet again, this time with the additional offences of sexual assault, sexual interference and invitation to sexual touching.  (more...)


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