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Local resident one of ten facing charges after OPP child sexual exploitation investigation

A 49-year-old from North Bay is one of ten from across Ontario who is facing charges after a four-day proactive child sexual exploitation investigation.

That’s according to the OPP who says they partnered up with police agencies across the province, including the North Bay Police Service, for the September luring investigation. Officials say investigators went undercover, accessing online chatrooms and social media apps designed for children in order to identify, locate and arrest people looking to sexually exploit children.

The OPP says 55 devices were seized and the accused were arrested after showing up to a pre-set location.

The 49-year-old has been charged with luring a person under 16, sending sexually explicit material to a child, as well as possessing and distributing child pornography. He’s been released with bail conditions and has a November court date in North Bay.

Officials say predators go where children go; it is imperative that parents and caregivers are aware of what their children do online

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