Police provide details on ‘good news story’

International cooperation results in American arrest after Sarnia connection

Sarnia Police Service say a recent connection (on December 15, 2017) through the Criminal Investigations Bureau has resulted in a positive outcome involving two Sarnia children.

The story began with Sarnia Police being contacted by an investigator in Kansas, who was working as part of a task force dealing with Crimes Against Children.

“Information received was that pornographic videos of young children had been uploaded by a known sex offender in Kansas and the content led the investigator to contact the Sarnia Police Service with a lead that could possibly identify the child victims,” said a media release sent by Constable John Sottosanti.

“The two children were able to be identified as Sarnia residents and assistance was rendered to them by the Sarnia Police Service, Sarnia-Lambton Children’s Aid and Sarnia-Lambton Victim Services,” said Sottosanti.

The offender in the USA is said to be known to authorities and will be dealt with according to their justice system.

“This was a coordinated effort between two countries that resulted in the rare conclusion, where the victims are identified and helped,” said Sottosanti in the media release.

“Parents are strongly advised to communicate with their children about the dangers of chatting on the internet and the strong potential of being lured by unsavoury people,” added Sottosanti. “There are many hardware and software options on the market that can assist families in safely navigating the internet but none are as effective as being involved with our children and having open channels of communication.”

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