Niagara Regional Police press release – In April of 2020, members of the Niagara Regional Police Service’s Internet Child Exploitation (I.C.E.) commenced an investigation into the sexual exploitation of children.
The investigation into the child exploitation material led to a St. Catharines residence. In September of 2020, members assigned to the Niagara Regional Police Service’s I.C.E. Unit and Technological Crime Unit, concluded their investigation, which resulted in the identification of a suspect.
As a result of the investigation, on September 16, 2020, the suspect was arrested
Joshua Cronkwright (21 years old) of St. Catharines, Ontario was arrested and charged with the alleged following offences of:
- Possession of Child Pornography Sec. 163.1(4)CC x 2
- Accessing Child Pornography Sec. 163.1 (4.1)CC
- Making Child Pornography Available Sec. 163.1(3)CC
Cronkwright has been held in custody pending a bail hearing.
Members of the public are also encouraged to report crimes anonymously through Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
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 by a grant from the Ministry of the Solicitor 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.