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OPP Seeking Assistance with Person to Locate in the Midland Area

Officers from the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police are seeking the assistance of the public to locate a male last observed leaving a Hartman Drive, Midland residence on November 28, 2022.

The person to locate is Lawrence (Larry) PRISQUE 64 years of Parry Sound and is described as being a white male, 5′ 10″ tall, 150 lbs in weight, balding grey hair, blue eyes, (see photo to left)

He is known to frequent the Midland to Barrie area and investigators are looking to locate him out of concerns for his health and welfare.

Anyone with information of his whereabouts is asked to call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or opp.southern.georgian.bay@opp.ca . If you wish to remain anonymous please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) and anonymous tips can also be provided online at ontariocrimestoppers.ca.

Cyber Harassment Investigation by OPP at Midland Area Secondary School Completed

A seven month long cyber based investigation into the alleged harassment of over 21 students at a Midland Secondary School through social media has been concluded.

In March of 2022, numerous students at the school became victims of harassment on a public social media platform that resulted in disruption of their school and social/home life. School officials contacted the Southern Georgian Bay OPP Detachment to report the incidents which were then investigated by the OPP Community Service Officer who works collaboratively within the school.

As a result of this in depth cyber investigation, a 16 year old male of Peel Region was identified and diverted to the Associated Youth Services of Peel in partnership with the Elizabeth Fry Society of Simcoe-Muskoka for the following offences of:

Harassing Communications

Unauthorized Use of Computer -obtain computer service

Defamation known to be false

Parents, students and educators are advised to familiarize themselves of the various forms of cyber based crimes, please view the following links- https://www.cybertip.ca/en/ https://www.protectchildren.ca/en/ https://needhelpnow.ca/app/en/

OPP Involved in Gun Point Arrest at Area Motel after 911 Calls

Two 911 calls to the OPP Communications Centre at approximately 12:45 a.m. December 5, 2022 by staff at a King Street, Midland motel reporting suspicious persons on the property possibly breaking into vehicles resulted in a quick response by officers from the Southern Georgian Bay OPP Detachment.

Upon arrival, attending uniform officers were directed inside the motel to a possible ongoing assault incident and encountered an involved lone agitated individual who produced an edged weapon during interaction with the officers. The individual was arrested at gun point and transported to detachment for further investigation.

Charged is Ryan TYERMAN 39 years of Midland with the following criminal offences.

Possession of Weapon for Dangerous Purpose

Causing a Disturbance

The accused was released from police custody on a recognizance to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on January 19, 2023.

HURONIA WEST OPP INVESTIGATING DECEASED DOG

Members of the Huronia West Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are currently investigating an incident involving a dog being injured by a firearm within Clearview Twp.

On Friday November, 25, 2022, at approximately 6:00p.m., officers received a call for service involving a dog being shot within a rural area of Clearview Twp. Police attended the scene and spoke to numerous witnesses in regards to what may have transpired. The dog unfortunately later passed away.

In conjunction with Conservation Officers from the Ministry of Natural Resources, police are continuing a joint investigation into determining the circumstances behind the dog’s death.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call Huronia West OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers to remain anonymous at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or https://ontariocrimestoppers.ca/.

OPP CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION UNIT CHARGE SHELBURNE RESIDENT IN CHILD PORNOGRAPHY INVESTIGATION

Members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Child Sexual Exploitation Unit (CSEU), Dufferin County Detachment and Digital Forensic Investigators have arrested and charged a Shelburne resident following an online child sexual abuse investigation.

On November 30, 2022, investigators executed a search warrant at a Shelburne residence where multiple electronic devices were seized for analysis.

As a result of this investigation, Jacob COSTANTE, 28-years-old, was arrested and charged with Possession of Child Pornography contrary to section 163.1(4) of the Criminal Code.

The accused appeared in a bail hearing and was released on numerous conditions.

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 on the Internet.

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 if you have information regarding Internet child exploitation, please contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122. If wish to remain anonymous you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or ontariocrimestoppers.ca. Reporting information online at cybertip.ca

OCTOBER CHILD EXPLOITATION NUMBERS SHARED BY 27 POLICE SERVICES

 

Numbers continue to increase as 121 children identified, 107 people charged

Hundreds of charges have been laid across Ontario, a snapshot of the work done by investigators and analysts that make up the Provincial Strategy to Protect Children from Sexual Abuse and Exploitation on the Internet (Provincial Strategy).

The results of the investigations completed in October, named Project MAVERICK, were announced in a video release showcasing members of the Provincial Strategy. During the month, the 27 policing partners conducted 255 investigations, completed 168 search warrants and seized 1,032 devices. In total, 428 charges were laid against 107 people. During the investigations, 61 victims were identified and referred to appropriate community-based resources for assistance, while an additional 60 children were safeguarded. There are 175 ongoing investigations where additional charges may be laid.

The Provincial Strategy includes two ministries (Attorney General and Solicitor General) and 27 participating police agencies: Barrie, Belleville, Brantford, Chatham-Kent, Cornwall, Durham, Greater Sudbury, Guelph, Halton, Hamilton, Kingston, London, Niagara, North Bay, Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Ottawa, Peel, Peterborough, Sarnia, Sault Ste. Marie, Thunder Bay, Timmins, Toronto, Waterloo, Windsor, Woodstock and York.

Additional partners that participated in these investigations included OPP Digital Forensics, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Canada Border Services Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Homeland Security. The BOOST Child and Youth Advocacy Centre, the Children’s Aid Society and the Canadian Centre for Child Protection provided victims’ support and education.

Since the Provincial Strategy began in 2006, it has completed 65,564 investigations and laid 24,608 charges against 6,540 people. A total of 3,470 victims have been identified worldwide.

The video outlining the investigation is available on Twitter (@OPP_News), Facebook (@ontarioprovincialpolice) and youtu.be/S7SzSSlRmLk. A full list of charges for Project MAVERICK is included in the Addendum of Charged Persons that can be found on opp.ca/news/#/mediakit.

The investigations continue and anyone with information on these or any child exploitation investigations are asked to contact their local police. Report any instances of online child abuse to police or cybertip.ca. If a child is being harmed, call 9-1-1.

QUOTES

“These numbers are shocking, but they provide hope by showing the lengths our teams are willing to go to protect children. I would like to express gratitude for the hard work of the Provincial Strategy members, and our partners, in keeping children in this province safe and holding those who want to harm them accountable.”

– OPP Chief Superintendent Kari Dart, OPP Investigation and Support Bureau

“The work done by the Provincial Strategy members take us to some of the darkest corners of society and exposes the horrific crimes committed every day against children. This is not a crime that can be combatted by our members alone and we ask that everyone out there recognize the importance they play in protecting children. Report these crimes, remain vigilant and educate yourself.”

– OPP Detective Sergeant Jamie King, Provincial Strategy Lead

 

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