The Nottawasaga OPP Major Crime Unit arrested and charged a Magnetawan resident following an online child sexual exploitation investigation.
On August 5, Nottawasaga Major Crime Unit with the assistance of the Child Exploitation Unit and Digital Forensics Unit executed a search warrant at a home in the town of Magnetawan, and seized several electronic exhibits for further examination. As a result of this investigation, Noah Dunnett, 21-years-old, of Magnetawan was arrested and charged with the following:
- Luring a person under 18 years of age by means of telecommunication
- Possession of child pornography
- Luring a person under 16 years of age by means of telecommunication
- Indecent exposure to a person under 16 years of age
- Distributes sexually explicit material to a person under 16 years of age
- Invitation to sexual touching under 16 years of age
Dunnett was released from custody following a bail hearing and is scheduled to appear in court on September 2, 2021, at the Ontario Court of Justice in Bradford, Ontario.
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.
Anyone wanting to make a difference is encouraged to go to protectchildren.ca and download the “Child Sexual Abuse – It Is Your Business” brochure from the Canadian Center for Child Protection. This is an important first step that can save a child.
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 and anyone interested in protecting children can find resources to assist them at cybertip.ca.
Police are asking anyone who may have information regarding this investigation or any information regarding internet child exploitation, please contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122. If you wish to remain anonymous 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.
[…] Online child sexual exploitation is when children are tricked into seeing or participating in online encounters of a sexual nature. Though we all understand it’s a horrific crime, many don’t know how prevalent it is in Canada. As a country, we need to open our eyes to the reality of the problem — and work together to keep our children safe. Last month, the Government of Canada announced the next phase of the Online Child Sexual Exploitation (OCSE) Public Awareness Campaign. The campaign aims to reduce the stigma associated with reporting OCSE by raising awareness of this serious issue with potential victims and their guardians. […]