A Toronto man is behind bars after being arrested on charges of possessing and accessing child pornography. An investigation began after an unidentified co-operating witness of a child pornography ad was contacted by police, according to a statement from the Canadian Broadcast Corporation. On Sunday, provincial police officers from Toronto’s eigth Division executed a search warrant on the 27-year-old’s Ontario residence, a statement from the Ontario Provincial Police stated.
After combing through a computer and cell phone, investigators found 528 “images or videos depicting child exploitation” material, the Crown attorney’s office said, per CBC. “That, by itself, is enough to impose a sentence, a criminal conviction, on the defendant,” Kary McBurney, the legal counsel for the Crown, told CBC.
But The Guardian also noted that most of the videos discovered were still images of children “found in plain view” in his home. “Nonetheless, says one officer, ‘Those 528 videos constitute, if you work out the arithmetic and watch the time they took up, over a week’s worth of time, [they are] just non-stop, endlessly non-stop child abuse,’” the Guardian wrote.
According to the CBC, police found extensive files on the computer “that date back over 20 years” in the investigation. An indictment obtained by the CBC claims that during this time, when the 27-year-old held a child-care position in a local daycare, he “directed an employee to lure an eight-year-old girl into his house.” The indictment also claimed that the man “forced … the eight-year-old girl to perform a sex act on a relative of his after she had arrived at his home” when they “wanted to watch a horror film” and, in a separate instance, “forced the eight-year-old girl to insert a hypodermic needle into the puncture site of his penis.”
The man was granted bail on $10,000. The documents were not filed by the prosecution in the case. Citing a police spokesperson, CBC said the man was in custody on charges of possession and use of child pornography. CBC said the man is charged with two counts of using a child for sexual purposes, two counts of distributing child pornography, two counts of making a child pornography video, five counts of promoting a child pornography video, and two counts of distributing child pornography images.
In response to The Guardian’s online article, Ontario Premier Doug Ford called the man’s alleged actions “monstrous.” “This despicable man is a human repellent and we will do everything we can to make sure justice is done for his victims,” Ford said in a statement. “The last thing we should be doing is leaving abusers free to victimize children. I share in the shock and outrage over this abuse of trust and will be working with the authorities to make sure justice is pursued to the full extent of the law.”