On September 21st, 2017, members of the Niagara Regional Police Service’s E-Crimes Unit, specifically the Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Section, commenced an investigation into a child exploitation case. The ICE investigators were investigating several offences that were committed through a popular online classified advertising service.
As a result of the investigation, 51 year old Royce HANDLEY was arrested on October 4th 2017. HANDLEY was arrested for Luring a child to commit sexual interference, Exposure, and failing to comply with a prohibition order.
HANDLEY is being held in custody pending a bail hearing on Thursday October 5th, at 9:00am at the Robert S.K. Welch Courthouse, located at 59 Church Street, St. Catharines, Ontario.
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.