Local resident charged in internet child exploitation investigation
Tim Brody - Editor
A Sioux Lookout man has been charged in what Ontario Provincial Police are calling a “snapshot” of one month’s work by Internet Child Exploitation Investigators making up the Provincial Strategy to Protect Children from Sexual Abuse and Exploitation on the Internet.
Ontario Provincial Police announced last week, along with 26 police agencies of the Provincial Strategy, the results of investigations during the month of November across the province.
A news release issued by the OPP informed, “A total of 267 judicial authorizations were obtained, resulting in 551 charges against 122 persons, including 11 youth who cannot be identified under terms of the Youth Criminal Justice Act. Charges include: Sexual Assault, Sexual Interference, Invitation to Sexual Touching, Possession of Child Pornography, Make Available Child Pornography, Distribution of Child Pornography, Making Child Pornography, Accessing Child Pornography, Luring, Making Sexually Explicit Material Available to a Child.
“In addition, 55 victims were identified during the investigations and referred to appropriate community-based resources for assistance.”
Partners that participated in these investigations included RCMP, Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), Canadian Forces National Investigation Service, The FBI and United States Homeland Security Investigations.
Eric MacEachern, 31, of Sioux Lookout has been charged with Possession of Child Pornography (4), Make Available Child Pornography (2), and Accessing Child Pornography.
The charges have not been tested in court.