Kingston resident arrested following child exploitation investigation

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A Kingston resident has been arrested and charged following a child sexual exploitation investigation.

According to a release from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), on Wednesday, May 8, 2024, the OPP Child Sexual Exploitation Unit (CSEU), Digital Forensics Unit and Kingston Police members executed a search warrant in the City of Kingston and seized a quantity of electronic devices.

Police said that as a result of this investigation, James Mark Bailey, 41 years of age, was arrested and charged with the following offences:

  • Two counts of possession of child pornography
  • Make available child pornography

According to the release, the accused was released from custody following a bail hearing and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Kingston in June 2024. Kingstonist has inquired with the OPP as to whereabouts in Kingston the arrest took place. This article will be updated if/when more information becomes available.

“Children are our most valuable and precious members of society. Many victims of child sexual abuse are so young that they cannot tell their story. Every time an image or video depicting that abuse is shared, that child is re-victimized,” the OPP stated.

In the release, the OPP said it will continue to aggressively identify and pursue individuals who use technology to exploit children.

“Parents are reminded to take a proactive approach to help protect their children from online sexual exploitation by speaking with their children regarding Internet safety. Parents can find resources to assist them at cybertip.ca or protectchildren.ca,” the OPP detailed.

Anyone with information regarding internet child exploitation who wish to provide information anonymously can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or ontariocrimestoppers.ca. Reporting information may also be made on the internet through cybertip.ca.

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