Nine people across central Ontario including a longtime teacher face child pornography or sexual assault charges after police say they interrupted a network of online child predators that allegedly preyed upon two young sisters in Hamilton.
Hamilton Police Det. Sgt. David Dunbar says Children’s Aid officials came to them on May 3 after a seven-year-old girl told child welfare authorities she was being sexually abused by her mother’s boyfriend.
Police arrested a 34-year-old man later that day. Upon a search of his home, police located several computers, hard drives and memory cards that allegedly contained images and video of several other individuals sexually assaulting the young girl.
Dunbar alleges the suspects were sharing the images and video with each other online and even set up a Craigslist ad to locate another underage victim who could be preyed upon.
Police also arrested the girl’s mother, a 39-year-old Hamilton woman, and charged her with failing to provide the necessities of life. (more...)
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