An Ontario man has been arrested following an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) into the online exploitation of a child.
According to Niagara Regional Police, in October of 2019, the FBI began their investigation into the case, which lead them to a Fort Erie resident.
Through the information gathered by the FBI’s investigation, along with members of the Niagara Regional Police Service’s Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Unit, and the Technological Crimes Unit, officers executed a search warrant on November 19 at a Fort Erie address.
Thomas Connelly was arrested and faces seven alleged charges relating to possession of child pornography, distributing child pornography, and making arrangement for sexual offence against a child.
The 51-year-old is currently being held in custody pending a bail hearing in St. Catharines.
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The Niagara Regional Police Service is a member of the Provincial Strategy to Protect Children from Sexual Abuse and Exploitation on the Internet and conducts investigations into Internet Child Exploitation Offences in partnership with numerous Ontario Police Services.
Members of the public can report suspicious Internet activities relating to child exploitation to the Niagara Regional Police Service, or online at www.cybertip.ca.