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Feb 04 2012

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CANADA: Top Child Porn Cop in Historical Bust Promises Justice

By LAURA STRICKER, THE SUDBURY STAR

Updated 5 hours ago
 

“We will find you.”

That’s the message Sgt. Timothy Burtt has for people who exploit children.

On Thursday, police services announced that 60 people across Ontario had been charged after a massive child pornography investigation — one police say is the largest child porn bust in Canadian history.

Three of those people are from Greater Sudbury.

“If you’re out there, and you’re exploiting our children on the Internet, we will find you, and then … you may expect a knock on your door because we will come and we will look for you,” Burtt, who works in the Greater Sudbury cyber crime unit, said at a press conference Friday morning.

“If we do find that you are guilty of these offences, we will charge you and put you before the courts. We take this very seriously, with these offences. It is mandatory jail for conviction.”

Cops across the province initiated 76 search warrants and arrested 60 men, including three young offenders. A total of 213 charges were laid and 22 victims rescued. None of the victims are from the Sudbury area.

Greater Sudbury police executed seven search warrants, arresting 42- year-old Samuel Labbe, 47-year-old Laurent Labre and 35-year-old Carlo Pilote.

The Sudbury cyber crime unit also helped with investigations in Sault Ste. Marie and Parry Sound, resulting in two arrests.

On Jan. 25, Labbe was arrested for luring a child over the Internet to meet for a sexual purpose.

Labre was arrested the next day for possession of child pornography.

Pilote was arrested on Jan. 31, charged with possession of child pornography, making available child pornography and accessing child pornography.

The 60 men were charged as a result of the Ontario Provincial Strategy to Protect Children from Sexual Abuse and Exploitation on the Internet, which was set up in 2007.

“(Greater Sudbury Police) has conducted 836 investigations, 65 arrests and 295 charges (since 2007),” said Sudbury Insp. Todd Zimmerman, of the criminal investigations division.

“I want to make it very clear that we find this a very serious situation in our community, as well as in the province of Ontario. We actively, and we will continue to, investigate these matters … Our statistics in this area unfortunately continue to rise. We do the best we can with the resources that we have.

“Hopefully (the community and the public) will get the message that this is something that is not tolerated, and hopefully at some point we can reduce these numbers.”

Burtt said the rising popularity of social media among young people makes it easier for children to be exploited.

“Many of these cases that are through social media websites, as well as through chat programs, these individuals have taken something wonderful — that being the Internet … and they’ve used this to go out and exploit our children. It’s a concern obviously, because they can sit in the anonymity of their home and have these children commit (sexual) acts.

“Some of the things that we see, I would hope the public would never have to witness, never have to look at. There are some pretty terrifying images out there.”

lstricker@thesudburystar.com Twitter: @LauraStricker

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