Investigators who specialize in the sexual exploitation of children on the internet have arrested numerous individuals across Quebec, all with charges related to child pornography.
Over the course of three days, from Tuesday, May 8 to Thursday, May 10, eleven different individuals were arrested.
The arrests were carried out as part of the Onirique project and took place in the Capitale-Nationale, Chaudière-Appalaches, Montérégie, Bas-Saint-Laurent, and Laurentides regions.
- André Vaillancourt, 44, from Saint-Georges
- Claude Bouchard, 44, from Saint-Césaire
- Dominic Soucy, 41, of Matane
- Réjean Simoneau, 66, of Donnacona
- Benoît Émond, 42, from Val-Morin
- Martin Leduc, age 50, from Granby
- Stéphane Chartrand, 47, of Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac
- Michael Cantin-Fradet, 35, from Quebec City
The aforementioned were all arrested and charged with counts of access, possession, distribution, and for some, the production of child pornography.
The investigations and arrests are a result of a collaboration with the RCMP, Quebec City Police Department, and the Mont-Tremblant City Police Department. Police carried out house searches of the suspects and computer equipment was seized for analysis.
Three other individuals from Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, and Salaberry-de-Valleyfield were arrested and will be charged shortly.