According to police, on July 17th, 2016 the Niagara Regional Police Service ( NRPS ) Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Unit executed a Criminal Code search warrant at a residential home in the Town of Fort Erie. The warrant was executed as part of an ongoing investigation.
Kenneth MONRAD, 68 years old of Fort Erie was arrested and will be charged with the following offences:
Possession of Child Pornography contrary to section 163.1(4) Criminal Code of Canada
Lure a child under 18 years of age for the purpose of facilitating the commission of an offence under subsection 163.1 Criminal Code of Canada (Make Child Pornography) contrary to section 172.1(1)(a) Criminal Code of Canada.
The victim is a female under the age of 16. It is believed that they came to know each other through MONRAD’s employment as a bus driver for the Boys and Girls Club of Fort Erie. The investigation remains ongoing. At this time Investigators have not been able to rule out the existence of more victims.
Anyone with information about this matter or MONRAD are asked to call D/Cst Mike Pataran of the Internet Child Exploitation Unit at (905) 688-4111 extension 4436.Anonymous information can also be provided through Crime Stoppers of Niagara.
Mr. MONRAD has been held in custody, pending a bail hearing scheduled for July 18th, 2016 at the Robert S. K. Welch Courthouse, 59 Church Street, in the City of St. Catharines. The Niagara Regional Police Service is a member of the Provincial Strategy to Protect Children from Sexual Abuse and Exploitation on the internet and conducts investigations into Internet Child Exploitation Offences in partnership with numerous Ontario Police Services. This investigative initiative has been made possible with financial assistance from the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services and the Ministry of the Attorney General.
Members of the public can report suspicious Internet activities relating to child exploitation to the Niagara Regional Police Service, or online at www.cybertip.ca. Internet safety tips for parents, children and Internet users are also available on the Cybertip website.
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