17-year-old from Mississauga arrested in connection to distributing illicit content

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A 17-year-old boy has been arrested in connection to child pornography.

During this past May, the accused allegedly hacked into a private, online chat through a popular group meeting application and proceeded to stream offensive material including child pornography.

Shortly thereafter, the FBI launched an investigation in the U.S., which determined the alleged suspect lived in Mississauga.

Upon learning this, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police's National Child Exploitation Crime Centre in Ottawa and the Peel Regional Police Internet Child Exploitation Unit (I.C.E.) were brought in on the investigation.

On October 29, the boy was arrested and charged with Making Available Child Pornography, Possession of Child Pornography, and Accessing Child Pornography.

He was held for a bail hearing and appeared before the Ontario Court of Justice on October 30, 2020, in Brampton.

The investigation is still on-going and anyone with relevant information is urged to contact investigators with the I.C.E at 905-453-2121 extension 3490.

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