Members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Child Sexual Exploitation Unit, Digital Forensic Unit and the Leeds County Detachment have arrested and charged a Leeds County man after receiving information from law enforcement partners from Washington State in December 2018.
Investigators at the Snohomish County Sherriff’s Office contacted the OPP to report an unknown Canadian male had been participating in sexually explicit conversations over the internet with a 12 year old female from Washington State. The OPP Child Sexual Exploitation Unit continued the investigation and was able to identify the offender.
On February 13, 2019 police executed a search warrant at a Leeds County residence. As a result of this investigation, Mr. Robert BOTTINEAU aged 21 years was arrested and charged with:
- Luring a Child
- Possession of Child Pornography
- Invitation to Sexual Touching
- Making Sexually Explicit Material Available to a Person Under 16.
One computer was seized for further examination.
The accused’s next court appearance is scheduled at the Ontario Court of Justice in Brockville March 15, 2019.
The Ontario Provincial Police will continue to aggressively identify and pursue individuals who use technology to exploit children.
“Our reality today is that every person around the world with a sexual interest in children has immediate access to any child has access to the internet. It’s like they are sitting next to our kids even though they could be across the globe. We as parents and community members have to know who their children are interacting with online. These offenders are very manipulative. If parents are not engaged – they will never see them coming until it’s too late” Staff Sergeant Sharon Hanlon of the OPP Child Sexual Exploitation Unit.
Parents are reminded to take a proactive approach to help protect their children from online sexual exploitation by speaking with their children regarding internet safety. Parents can find resources to assist them at www.cybertips.ca.
If you have information regarding internet child exploitation and wish to provide information anonymously you can contact Crime Stoppers at www.ontariocrimestoppers.ca. Reporting information may also be made on the internet through www.cybertips.ca.