Members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Child Sexual Exploitation Unit, assisted by Digital Forensics, along with members of the Russell County OPP Detachment have arrested and charged an Embrun resident following an online child sexual exploitation investigation.
On June 17, 2020, police executed a search warrant at a residence in Embrun and seized a number of electronic exhibits for further examination.
As a result of this investigation, 34-year-old Jean-Phillippe Sarault, was arrested and charged with two counts of possessing child pornography and one count each of making available child pornography.
The accused was held in custody pending a bail hearing.
Anyone wanting to make a difference is encouraged to go to www.protectchildren.ca and download the “Child Sexual Abuse-It Is Your Business” brochure from the Canadian Center for Child Protection. This is an important first step that can save a child.
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 and anyone interested in protecting children can find resources to assist them at www.cybertip.ca.
Police are asking anyone who may have information regarding this investigation or if you have information regarding internet child exploitation, please contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122. If wish to remain anonymous you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or www.ontariocrimestoppers.ca. Reporting information may also be made on the internet through www.cybertip.ca.