Detective Constable Scott Buchanan of the North Bay Police Service’s Criminal Investigations Section is often the investigating officer in many local child pornography cases.

Buchanan says “these investigations are complex and lengthy in nature. Police efforts are committed to this type of crime however parents need to educate themselves to keep children safe and keep predators out of our real and virtual communities.”

The North Bay Police Service has completed several investigations in 2018 with regard to child sexual abuse material. The most recent investigation was completed on November 26. North Bay Police executed a search warrant on a residence in North Bay. Arrested at the residence was a 54-year-old man. He is currently in custody pending a bail hearing on the following charges:

  • Two counts of possession of child pornography
  • Two counts of making available child pornography
  • Two counts of accessing child pornography

Police Chief Shawn Devine states “the North Bay Police Service is part of the Ontario Provincial Strategy to Protect Children from Sexual Abuse and Exploitation on the Internet. This partnership was made possible by a grant from the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services. We remain committed to investigating these crimes and to ensuring victims of these crimes are referred to appropriate community-based resources for assistance.”

Anyone with information that may assist police with this type of investigation can contact the North Bay Police Service at 705-497-5555 and select option 9 to speak to a police officer. For those who wish to remain anonymous, contact Near North Crime Stoppers, by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or by submitting a tip online at nearnorthcrimestoppers.com.