The OPP has cracked down on child pornography after massive arrests across the province. Provincial Media Relations Coordinator Sergeant Peter Leon says it was a good day for the OPP and the Child Exploitation Unit.

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Leon says the success of this investigation is thanks to the resources and trained experts that are able to go online and do what they do on the internet to protect our children.

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One of the people charged is 45-year-old Jaques Francois Roger Comte, a former head custodian at Riverside Public School in Huntsville. Comte faces two counts of Possession of Child Pornography, one count of Making Available Child Pornography and one count of Accessing Child Pornography. Comte is in Huntsville court October 15th.

More Information from The OPP Press Release:

Three youth have also been charged, but cannot be identified under terms of the Youth Criminal Justice Act. In addition, 14 child victims have been identified during the investigation.

Police displayed an animated map depicting more than 7,000 individual Internet Protocol (or IP) addresses over a period of 180 days that had been identified as download candidates for suspected child pornography in various urban and rural communities. From its inception in August 2006 to August 2014 – not including this week’s activities – the Provincial Strategy has completed 23,581 investigations and laid 8,750 charges against 2,617 people. During that period, 534 child victims have been identified and rescued in Ontario. Another 51 child victims were identified from outside of Ontario.

Members of the OPP Child Sexual Exploitation Unit (CSEU) also took the opportunity to encourage children, teens, parents and guardians to proactively increase their own awareness of online safety issues. Since 2007 to May 2014, OPP CSEU has completed 4,246 investigations and laid 1,868 charges against 513 people.