In December of 2014, members of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC) Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Unit, and the Niagara Regional Police Service Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Unit began a joint investigation regarding online Luring Offences against persons under the age of 18.
On January 26th, 2015, members of the Niagara Regional Police Service Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Unit along with members of the #1 District Uniform Patrol Branch executed a search warrant at a St. Catharines residence.
As a result, police say 44 year old Brian DONALD of St. Catharines was charged with three counts of Luring a Child via a telecommunication device.
DONALD is being held in custody pending a bail hearing, at the Robert S.K. Welch courthouse, located at 59 Church Street, in the City of St. Catharines.
The Niagara Regional Police Service, Internet Child Exploitation Unit are members of The Provincial Strategy to Protect Children from Sexual Abuse and Exploitation on the Internet. The Provincial Strategy was created in 2006, in response to the McGuinty Governments request that Police develop a co-ordinated province wide approach to combating Internet crimes against children. The Provincial Strategy is jointly supported by the Ministry of the Attorney General and the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.
Members of the public can report suspicious Internet activities involving children to the Niagara Regional Police Service or at www.cybertips.ca. Internet safety tips for parents and children are available on the Cybertip website.
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