A special RCMP/RNC unit in this province initiated a month-long, online cover operation that resulted in the arrest of an Ontario man on child pornography-related charges.
A news release today states an investigation started by the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU – NL) resulted earlier this month in the arrest of Troy Aaron Paul Charron.
The 40-year-old was arrested Dec. 13 by members of the Ontario Provincial Police Child Sexual Exploitation Unit, the Chatham-Kent Police Service, the London Police Service and the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) as he was returning to Canada from the United States.
He faces two counts of possession of child pornography, one count of making available child pornography, one count of accessing child pornography, one count of unsafe storage of firearms and one count of possession of a prohibited weapon.
Two days earlier, on Dec. 11, police in Ontario searched a home in Chatham, Ont. as a result of the CFSEU-NL investigation.
During that search two computers were seized which are alleged to contain images of child sexual abuse. An arrest warrant was then issued Charron, the home owner.
A subsequent search of Charron’s vehicle Dec. 13 revealed a computer and external storage device containing images of child sexual abuse.
The accused is facing additional charges of possession and the importation of prohibited material.
Charron was released on bail and will make his next court appearance on Jan. 7 in Chatham at the Ontario Court of Justice.