KAWARTHA LAKES-Members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Child Sexual Exploitation Unit, OPP Digital Forensics and Durham Regional Police Service Internet Child Exploitation Unit executed a search warrant at a residence in Orono, Ontario following an online child sexual exploitation investigation on April 21.
As a result of this investigation, 44-year old Eric McLachlan was arrested and charged with possession of child pornography, accessing pornography, and distributing child pornography. Two devices were seized for further examination.
The accused was scheduled to appear for appear for a bail hearing before the Ontario Court of Justice in Oshawa on April 20, 2021.
This collaboration, between partner agencies in Ontario’s Provincial Strategy to Protect Children from Sexual Abuse and Exploitation on the Internet, is another example of how investigators work to ensure ‘Every Child Matters Everywhere’. Internet Child Exploitation investigators, from across Ontario, strive to keep children safe and hold offenders accountable.
Police encourage anyone wanting to make a difference in the fight against the sexual exploitation of children, to go to protectchildren.ca and download the “Child Sexual Abuse – It Is Your Business” brochure from the Canadian Center for Child Protection. This is an important first step that can save a child.
Parents are reminded to take a proactive approach to help protect their children from online sexual exploitation by speaking with their children regarding Internet safety. Parents and anyone interested in protecting children can find resources to assist them at cybertip.ca
Anyone with information regarding this investigation, or if you have information regarding Internet child exploitation, please contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122