Smiths Falls – Members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Child Sexual Exploitation Unit, Digital Forensics and Smith Falls Police Service arrested and charged a Smith Falls resident following an online child sexual exploitation investigation.
On June 28, 2021, police executed a search warrant at a commercial property in the town of Smith Falls and seized several electronic exhibits for further examination. As a result of this investigation, Pierre Normand GODERRE, 55-years-old, was arrested and charged with one count of possession of child pornography contrary to section 163.1(4) of the Criminal Code and one count of accessing child pornography contrary to section 163.1(4.1) of the Criminal Code.
The accused was released from custody following a bail hearing and is next scheduled to appear in court on July 26, 2021, at the Ontario Court of Justice in Perth, Ontario.
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. Members of the OPP Child Sexual Exploitation Unit will continue to pursue individuals who exploit children on the Internet.
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 . If wish to remain anonymous you can contact Crime Stoppers at (TIPS) or 1-800-222-8477 www.