St. Catharines man arrested for child exploitation offences

NRP LogoNiagara Regional Police Service press release – In August of 2019, members of the Niagara Regional Police Service 3 District Uniform Patrol and the Internet Child Exploitation (I.C.E.) commenced an investigation into the sexual exploitation of a child.

The investigation led investigators to a St. Catharines residence. On August 15th, 2019, members assigned to the Niagara Regional Police Service’s I.C.E. Unit, concluded their investigation, which resulted in the identification of a suspect.

As a result, 40-year-old Norman Mark Venne of St. Catharines, Ontario was arrested and charged with the following:

  • Make Available Sexually Explicit Material To Person Under Or Believed To Be Under 16 Years s.171.1(1)(b) CC
  • Expose Genitals To A Person Under 16 Years of Age s.173(2) CC
  • Fail To Comply With Probation Order s.733.1(1) CC

Venne was being held in custody pending a bail hearing Thursday.

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.