Over 100 Suspects Charged in Child Exploitation Investigation Across Ontario
Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has charged over 100 suspects in connection with child exploitation. Project Maverick was conducted in October as part of the “Provincial Strategy to Protect Children From Sexual Abuse and Exploitation on the Internet.” OPP worked with 27 policing partners to find the culprits.
As part of Project Maverick run by OPP alongside 27 policing partners including Toronto, Peel, Durham, Hamilton, and Ottawa, a total of 277 investigations were conducted throughout October. The police executed 168 search warrants and seized 1,032 devices. The month-long initiative saw 428 charges laid against 107 people. It ended in safeguarding 60 children and helping identify 61 victims. Currently, there are another 175 investigations going on which may lead to additional charges being filed.
OPP Chief Superintendent Kari Dart said in a statement, “These numbers are shocking, but they provide hope by showing the lengths our teams are willing to go to protect children.” Toronto police Det. Sgt. Barb Adam said at a news conference, “Through projects like these, we’re able to work together crossing borders and jurisdictions not only provincially but globally as well.”