London man charged with sexually assaulting daughter

A 38-year-old London man was arrested for sexual assault and child pornography early Wednesday morning.

Between January 23rd and February 2nd members of the Toronto Police Service were communicating with a London man through an internet chat site. Officers reportedly obtained information indicating a historical sexual assault involving the man’s then-six-month-old daughter occurred.

London Police were contacted and early Wednesday morning, members of the LPS Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Unit, with the assistance of the Digital Forensic Unit, executed a search warrant at a residence in the south end of the city.

A computer tablet with multiple images of suspected child pornography and eight grams of methamphetamine were seized.

Police say the man is charged with the following Criminal Code of Canada and Controlled Drugs and Substances Act offences:

  • Unlawfully possess child pornography x 2;
  • Unlawfully access child pornography;
  • Sexual interference with person under 16 years of age;
  • Sexual exploitation of a young person;
  • Sexual assault on a person under 16 years of age;
  • Print/publish/possess to publish child pornography;
  • Import/sell/distribute, etc. child pornography;
  • Possession of a Schedule I substance; and
  • Fail to comply with recognizance.

“This investigation illustrates the link that exists between the consumption of child pornography and child sexual abuse,” said Detective Sergeant Glenn Hadley of the Investigative Support Section of the London Police Service. “The combined work of the two police services highlights the value of the Provincial Strategy in combating child pornography.”

The accused is expected to appear in London court on February 12th, in relation to the charges.

To protect the identity of the victim in this matter, London Police will not release the suspect’s name but can confirm the victim no longer resides with the suspect and the Children’s Aid Society has been notified.

London Police Service is a member of the Provincial Strategy to protect children from sexual abuse and exploitation on the internet. The Strategy has been made possible by a grant from the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.

Anyone with information in relation to this incident is asked to call the London Police Service at (519) 661-5670 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Information can also be sent in on-line anonymously to www.londoncrimestoppers.com

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