Communiqué – Members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Child Sexual Exploitation Unit (CSEU), Hawkesbury OPP detachment members and Digital Forensics Unit have arrested and charged an individual following a child sexual exploitation investigation.
On May 27, 2022, police executed a search warrant at a home in Champlain Township and seized several electronic devices. As a result of this investigation, Michael BELANGER, 71 years old, was arrested and charged with:
Two counts of Possession of Child Pornography, as per section 163.1(4) of the Criminal Code.
The accused was subsequently held for a bail hearing.
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. Members of the OPP CSEU will continue to pursue individuals who exploit children.
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 help protect 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.