Thorold man arrested on child pornography charges.

NRP LogoIn November of 2016, the Davis County Sherriff’s Office and the Davis County Attorney’s Office located in Farmington, Utah began an investigation after receiving a complaint through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children regarding activity between two users on a popular online messaging platform.

As a result in September of 2017, the Davis County Sherriff’s Office and the Davis County Attorney’s Office arrested 55-year-old OBGYN Doctor Nathan Ward, along with 41-year-old Robert Edwin Francis for child pornography charges. The Davis County Sherriff’s Office and the Davis County Attorney’s Office continued to investigate the men, and related contacts, in relation to the sharing of child pornography and child exploitation material through a popular cloud storage application.

In December of 2017, the Davis County Sherriff’s Office and the Davis County Attorney’s Office contacted the Niagara Regional Police Service’s Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Unit for assistance in investigating a Niagara resident connected to the ongoing investigation in Utah.

As a result of the ongoing investigation being conducted by the Davis County Sherriff’s Office and the Davis County Attorney’s Office, in December of 2017, members of the Niagara Regional Police Service Internet Child Exploitation (I.C.E.) Unit began an investigation into the on-line sexual exploitation of children.
The investigation led the investigators to a Thorold residence.

On Feb. 7/ 2018, members assigned to the I.C.E. Unit, the Technological Crimes Unit and the Cybercrime Unit executed a search warrant at a Thorold home. A number of computer systems and storage media were seized and forensically examined.

As a result of the investigation, on Feb. 7/2018, 37-year-old Marc Seguin was arrested and charged with Possession of Child Pornography, Accessing Child Pornography, and Distributing Child Pornography.

Seguin will be held in custody pending a bail hearing which will take place on Thursday, Feb. 8/2018.

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.

Source – Niagara Regional Police Service press release

 


 

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