KAWARTHA LAKES-A Bancroft resident is facing charges after an investigation by the OPP Child Sexual Exploitation Unit, Digital Forensics Unit and Bancroft OPP.
Police executed a search warrant at a residence in the Town of Bancroft, Ontario and seized several electronic devices on August 16. As a result of this investigation, Samuel Robbins, 27-years-old of Bancroft, Ontario, was arrested and charged with:
- One count of Possession of Child Pornography, contrary to section 163.1(4) of the Criminal Code.
The accused was held for a bail hearing.
Police say many victims of child sexual abuse are so young that they cannot tell their story. Every time an image or video depicting that abuse is shared, that child is re-victimized. Members of the OPP Child Sexual Exploitation Unit will continue to pursue individuals who exploit children on the Internet.
Anyone wanting to make a difference is encouraged 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 protectchildren.ca.
Police are asking anyone who may have information regarding this investigation or if you have information regarding internet child exploitation, please contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122. If wish to remain anonymous you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or ontariocrimestoppers.ca. Reporting information may also be made on the internet through cybertip.ca.