At a media conference, Wednesday the OPP along with 26 police agencies announced the results of a month-long investigation done by Internet Child Exploitation Investigators.
The results are baffling as police laid 551 charges against 122 people including 11 youth for various charges including sexual assault, invitation to sexual touching, possession of child pornography, distribution of child pornography among others.
Police also displayed a video of 834 unique IP addresses associated with possession or making child pornography available and investigators say that is just the tip of the iceberg.
Among those charged is an unnamed 33-year-old from Exeter who is facing charges for sexual interference, invitation to sexual touching, sexual assault, possession of child pornography among other charges.
31-year-old Benjamin R Reed from Listowel is also facing charges for luring a person under 16, luring a person under 18, making sexually explicit material available, sexual assault, exposing genitals to a person under 16 among other charges.
Since the inception of the Provincial Strategy to Protect Children from Sexual Abuse and Exploitation on the Internet nearly 21 thousand charges have been laid by nearly 5700 people.
55 victims were identified during the month-long investigation and since the inception of the program over 2000 child victims have been identified.