A 29-year-old Peterborough man and a 57-year-old Selwyn Township man are facing charges including possession of child pornography and making child pornography available following a month-long provincial investigation.
The Provincial Strategy to Protect Children from Sexual Abuse and Exploitation on the Internet is a multi-disciplinary Province-wide approach to combat internet crimes against children. It is comprised of the OPP Child Sexual Exploitation Section, 26 Municipal Police Services including the Peterborough Police Service and the Ministries of the Attorney General and Community Safety and Correctional Services.
Investigations were conducted for the month of November 2018 by all Provincial Strategy partners along with the RCMP, Canada Border Services Agency and the United States Homeland Security.
The results of those investigations were formally announced at a multi-jurisdictional media conference held today (Dec. 5) in Toronto. Representing the Peterborough Police Service at the media conference are Inspector Neil Collins and Sergeant Mark Elliott.
A total of 267 judicial authorizations were obtained, resulting in 551 charges against 122 persons, including 11 youth who cannot be identified under terms of the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
In addition, 55 victims were identified during the investigations and referred to appropriate community-based resources for assistance. Police also seized a total of 17 firearms three of which were loaded handguns.
Locally, the contributions of the Peterborough Police Service involved the execution of two search warrants in the City of Peterborough and assisting the Ontario Provincial Police with a search warrant in Peterborough County.
As a result of one police investigation, Tyler Krobath, 29, of Peterborough, was arrested and charged with the following:
- Possession of Child Pornography
- Import, Distribute, Sell or Possess for the Purpose of Distribution or Sale of any Child Pornography
- Accessing Child Pornography
The accused appeared in court on November 22, 2018.
During another investigation the Peterborough Police Service assisted the OPP in the execution of a search warrant.
As a result of that search warrant Robert Alguire, 57, of Selwyn Township, was arrested and charged with the following:
- Possession of Child Pornography x 3
- Make Available Child Pornography x 2
The accused appeared in court on November 30, 2018.
One investigation remains on-going as a result of another warrant executed within the City of Peterborough pending forensic examination of the electronics.
In total 38 electronic devices were seized for further examination.
The 26 Municipal Police Services currently in the Provincial Strategy include: Barrie, Brantford, Durham, Guelph, Halton, Hamilton, Kingston, London, Niagara, Ottawa, Peel, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, Toronto, Waterloo, Windsor, York, Belleville, Chatham-Kent, Cornwall, North Bay, Peterborough, Sarnia, Timmins and Woodstock.
Education and Prevention:
The Peterborough Police Service strongly encourages parents and guardians to educate themselves to help keep children safe and predators out of both our real and virtual communities.
There are many ways for parents/guardians to protect their children. They can:
Be involved and know their child’s online activities.
Remind children to protect their passwords; encourage them not to share passwords with friends.
Use caution with web cams. Unplug web cams when they’re not in use.
Be sure of who they’re talking to before allowing them to turn on a web cam.
Make sure children are cautious with what content they post online.
Know their online friends the same way they know friends in real life.
The Canadian Centre for Child Protection offers dozens of resources for adults and children of all ages regarding child safety.