(KAPUSKASING, ON) – The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has arrested and charged an individual following a child sexual exploitation investigation.

On March 22, 2023, officers executed a search warrant in the Town of Kapuskasing and seized a quantity of electronic devices. As a result of this investigation, OPP Child Sexual Exploitation Unit, Digital Forensics Unit and James Bay Detachment members arrested and charged Alain CLOUTIER, 33 years of age of Kapuskasing, with two counts of Possession of Child Pornography, as per section 163.1 (4) of the Criminal Code.

The accused was released from custody following a bail hearing and is scheduled to appear on April 24, 2023, at the Ontario Court of Justice in Kapuskasing.

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 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.

If you have information regarding internet child exploitation and wish to provide information anonymously you 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.