ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE
ORILLIA - Members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Child Sexual Exploitation Unit, the OPP Digital Forensics Unit and the Orillia OPP Detachment have arrested and charged an Oro-Medonte resident following a lengthy internet investigation.
On Jan. 7, 2019, police executed a search warrant at a residence in Oro-Medonte, locating and seizing a computer that was found to be contaminated with child sexual abuse material.
As a result of this investigation police arrested and charged 37-year-old Alden George Matechuk with one count of making available child pornography and two counts of possession of child pornography. The investigation is continuing.
The accused was held pending a bail hearing at the Ontario court of Justice in Barrie, Ont. on Jan. 7, 2019.
It is important to remember that there is no such thing as "just looking" when it comes to child sexual exploitation. The children in these images and videos are real children who are being sexually abused. Even those who claim they are simply viewing these images are participating in the cycle of abuse of real children.
Child sexual abuse begins offline in homes and in our communities. Survivors of these crimes often say that they live in fear of being recognized by the individuals around the world that collect and share images of their abuse.
To learn more about the issue of child sexual abuse and ways you can reduce harm to children, please visit The Canadian Centre for Child Protection at protectchildren.ca or cybertip.ca. Among many resources, the Canadian Centre for Child Protection offers parents information to help them in speaking with their kids about internet safety to protect them from online sexual exploitation.
About the OPP's Child Sexual Exploitation Unit
The OPP's Child Sexual Exploitation Unit is a proud member of the Ontario Provincial Strategy to Protect Children from Sexual Abuse and Exploitation on the Internet, which consists of 27 partnering municipal agencies working collaboratively to rescue victims and combat child exploitation. This strategy has been made possible by a grant from the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.