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OPP charge Elliot Lake resident in an online child sexual exploitation investigation

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The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Child Sexual Exploitation Unit, Digital Forensics Unit and East Algoma OPP detachment members have arrested and charged a resident following a child sexual exploitation investigation.

On March 9, police executed a search warrant in Elliot Lake and seized a quantity of electronic devices. As a result of this investigation, Kenneth Meeking, 66 years of age, was arrested and charged with the following Criminal Code offences: two counts of possession of child pornography.

The accused was released from custody following a bail hearing and is scheduled to appear on May 3, in Elliot Lake Court.

Children are our most valuable and precious members of society. 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.

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The OPP will continue to aggressively identify and pursue individuals who use technology to exploit children. 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 can find resources to assist them at cybertip.ca or protectchildren.ca.

If you have information regarding internet child exploitation and wish to provide information anonymously 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.

OPP charge Elliot Lake resident in an online child sexual exploitation investigation

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The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Child Sexual Exploitation Unit, Digital Forensics Unit and East Algoma OPP detachment members have arrested and charged a resident following a child sexual exploitation investigation.

On March 8, police executed a search warrant in Elliot Lake and seized a quantity of electronic devices. As a result of this investigation, Jason Goulet, 49 years of age, was arrested and charged with the following Criminal Code offences: possession of child pornography; and accessing child pornography.

The accused was released from custody following a bail hearing and is scheduled to appear on April 3, in Elliot Lake Court.

Children are our most valuable and precious members of society. 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.

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Local person charged for sending unwanted explicit photos and video

March 4, the East Algoma OPP arrested and charged a person in relation to sending unwanted explicit pictures and video through a social media platform.

On March 3, the complainant reported receiving numerous nude photographs and videos from a person on social media. The person was identified and later contacted by police.

Dominic Bernard, 31 years-old from Elliot Lake was charged with indecent communications.

The accused is scheduled to appear in Elliot Lake Court on April 3.

East Algoma OPP lays 10th impaired charge in 2023

On Feb. 26, shortly after 1 p.m., members of the from the East Algoma OPP responded to a traffic complaint of a driver all over the road on Highway 17 within the community of Serpent River First Nation.

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A short time later police located the westbound car near Highway 17 and Highway 538 in Algoma Mills where a traffic stop was initiated. As the officer was speaking to the driver, it was suspected alcohol had been consumed. The driver was arrested and transported to Elliot Lake detachment for further testing.

As a result, Thomas Andison, 65 years of age from Edmonton, Alberta was charged with: operation while impaired-blood alcohol concentration (80 plus); unsafe move-lane or shoulder; and driving motor vehicle with liquor readily available.

The accused is scheduled to appear in Blind River Court on April 6.

East Algoma OPP lays break and enter charge

On Feb. 26, shortly after 4 p.m., members of the from the East Algoma OPP responded to a break and enter at a local landfill site on East Line Road in Plummer Additional Township. The complainants had video footage of the break and enter.

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A cube van was stopped briefly by the complainants and left the scene at a high rate of speed. The cube van was seen travelling westbound on Highway 638 and turned onto Wiers Road that came to a dead end in MacDonald-Meredith-Aberdeen-Additional Township.

East Algoma OPP, with the assistance from Sault Ste Marie OPP, arrived on Wiers Road a short time later and subsequently arrested the driver of the cube van.

As a result, Travis Simons, 44 years of age from the Municipality of Huron Shores was charged with: possession property obtained by crime under $5,000; theft under $5,000; break, enter a place-commit indictable offence; and two counts of driving while under suspension.

The accused appeared in Sault Ste. Marie Court on Feb. 27.

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OPP Highway Safety Division lays impaired charge

On Feb. 25, the OPP Traffic Incident Management Enforcement (T.I.M.E.) unit was patrolling on Highway 17 within the Township of the North Shore.

At approximately 8 p.m., police observed an eastbound pick-up truck travelling at a high rate of speed on Highway 17 through Serpent River. A traffic stop was initiated on Front Street near Richard Street in the Town of Spanish.

As the officer was speaking to the driver, it was suspected alcohol had been consumed and an arrest was subsequently made. The driver was transported to Elliot Lake detachment for further testing. While at the detachment the driver had to be transported to local hospital via Algoma Paramedic Services. With the assistance from the East Algoma OPP a blood demand was conducted at the hospital, and the driver was later released back into police custody.

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As a result, Christopher Gilmar, 42 years of age from Aweres Township was charged with: operation while impaired-blood alcohol concentration (80 plus); and operation while impaired-alcohol and drugs.

The accused is scheduled to appear in Blind River Court on April 6.

The driver was issued a 90-day administrative driver’s licence suspension (ADLS) and the vehicle was impounded for seven days.

OPP lays multiple charges

On the evening of Feb. 24, members of the from the East Algoma OPP were patrolling in Blind River.

At approximately 9 p.m., police observed a southbound pick-up truck on West Street approach a stop sign at Causley Street. The driver then put the pick-up truck in reverse to evade police and as a result a traffic stop was initiated on West Street. The driver was unlicensed and was breaching conditions.

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As a result, Jason Guy, 38 years of age was arrested and charged with: two counts of failure to comply with release order-other than to attend court; possession property obtained by crime under $5,000; drive motor vehicle-not equipped with ignition interlock device; drive motor vehicle-no licence; use plates not authorized for vehicle; drive motor vehicle, fail to display two plates; fail to surrender permit for motor vehicle; and operate motor vehicle without insurance.

The accused appeared before the Ontario Court of Justice Video Bail on Feb. 25. The vehicle was impounded for seven days for not having an ignition interlock system.

North East Region OPP vehicles using automated technology

The North East Region (NER of the OPP) has now installed and activated the Automated Licence Plate Recognition (ALPR) and In-Car-Camera (ICC) systems in all patrol vehicles.

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As a result of investments made by government in the OPP and municipal police services in the province, the OPP is introducing ICC video recording equipment with integrated ALPR functionality to all its frontline police vehicles at all detachments.

This initiative supports the OPP’s commitment to increasing transparency and accountability in the policing of our communities, and to leverage technologies that will enhance community and officer safety. These technologies will be used to gather enhanced evidence in the prosecution of offences and will also highlight the professionalism of our members as they work to ensure safe communities.

In addition to the benefits that will come with having an objective video recording of an interaction between an officer and member of the public, the integrated ALPR functionality will dramatically enhance the ability of an officer to detect licence plates that are linked with criminal or traffic offences. Examples would include plates associated with wanted or missing people, stolen vehicles, stolen or unattached licences plates, suspended and prohibited drivers and with other emergent situations like Amber Alerts.

The NER continues to see drivers operating vehicles that do not have valid, registered plates. Although vehicle owners are not required to purchase a validation sticker for their vehicle, licence plates are still required to be renewed annually or bi-annually.

Members of the NER are committed to public safety, delivering proactive and innovative policing in partnership with our communities. Officers value your contribution to building safe communities.

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