As a result of information received from New Zealand’s Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) investigation Operation H, a Brantford man has been arrested and charged with possession and access of child pornography.
New Zealand’s Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) conducted Operation H, which uncovered child pornography information from around the world. New Zealand’s DIA provided this information to Canada’s National Child Exploitation Centre (NCECC), which then disseminated the information to the appropriate local police jurisdictions.
Brantford Police Service investigators received information regarding a local incident and initiated an investigation which resulted in the arrest of a Brantford man.
On Thursday, May 21, 2020, the Brantford Police Service reviewed an investigative package that had been sent by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) National Child Exploitation Centre (NCECC) in Ottawa. This investigation involved a cloud storage company located in New Zealand.
It was revealed that in September 2019, a Brantford user had created an account on this platform and had accessed and possessed at least two child pornography videos.
On June 22, 2020, a search warrant was executed, and electronic devices were seized from a Brantford residence. A cellular phone which had been seized was examined by investigators who located multiple child pornography images and videos.
As a result of this investigation, a 19-year-old man from Brantford, stands charged with the following Criminal Code offences:
Possession of Child Pornography x 2Access Child Pornography
This investigation is now before the courts. As the accused was under the age of majority at the time of the alleged incidents, his name cannot be released as per the Youth Criminal Justice Act.