In November of 2016 members of the Niagara Regional Police Service Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Unit began an investigation into the accessing of child pornography over the Internet.
On May 23rd, 2017 the ICE unit, with the assistance of the Technological Crimes Unit executed a search warrant at a St Catharines residence.
As a result of the investigation Chantz REEDS, 19, of St Catharines was arrested and charged with Accessing Child Pornography, contrary to section 163.1(4.1) of the Criminal Code.
The Niagara Regional Police Service is a member of the Provincial Strategy to Protect Children from Sexual Abuse and Exploitation on the Internet and conducts investigations into Internet Child Exploitation Offences in partnership with numerous Ontario Police Services. This investigative initiative has been made possible with financial assistance from the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services and the Ministry of the Attorney General. Members of the public can report suspicious Internet activities relating to child exploitation to the Niagara Regional Police Service, or online at www.cybertip.ca . Internet safety tips for parents, children and Internet users are also available on the Cybertip website.