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Stats Released from Provincial Strategy to Protect Children Online

Two adults from Woodstock were charged in October. In total, 428 charges were laid against 107 people. 

ONTARIO - Ontario Provincial Police have released the number of people charged in October in child sexual abuse and exploitation cases.

The Provincial Strategy to Protect Children from Sexual Abuse and Exploitation on the Internet named Project MAVERICK is made up of the Attorney General and Solicitor General as well as 27 police agencies across the province, including Woodstock. 

During the month, 255 investigations led to the completion of 168 search warrants and 1,032 devices seized. In total, 428 charges were laid against 107 people. 

In Woodstock, 34-year old Holly Ipsen and 26-year-old Alexander Stetler were charged in separate incidents with possessing and accessing child pornography. Ipsen received an extra distribution charge.

During the investigations, 61 victims were identified and referred to appropriate community-based resources for assistance, while an additional 60 children were safeguarded. There are currently 175 ongoing investigations where additional charges may be laid.

OPP Chief Superintendent Kari Dart says despite the horrifying numbers, they prove that Project MAVERICK is working.

"These numbers are shocking, but they provide hope by showing the lengths our teams are willing to go to protect children. I would like to express gratitude for the hard work of the Provincial Strategy members, and our partners, in keeping children in this province safe and holding those who want to harm them accountable."

The investigations continue and OPP ask that any instances of online child abuse are reported to police or online here

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