Another antigay pastor has been busted on child sex charges

  • Another antigay pastor has been busted on child sex charges

Another antigay pastor has been busted on child sex charges

Toronto police announced on Thursday that law enforcement agencies in Canada, United States and the United Kingdom have made a total of 153 arrests in connection with an global child sexual abuse investigation, which also resulted in the rescue of a dozen children.

Police said that after the National Crime Agency in the United Kingdom discovered the group in 2014, they reached out to various other police agencies as offenders and locations were identified.

Toronto police also found "sexual abuse material involving an eight-year-old child" in 2015, according to a TPS news release.

Graham Ellis of the U.K's National Crime Agency told reporters that many of those arrested as part of the investigation were people who had occupied positions of trust.

She said would-be abusers should heed the results of the large-scale investigation as a warning, stressing that worldwide borders do not present a major barrier to officials working on exploitation cases.

Since 2014, some 153 people have been arrested. RCMP identified the individual in the video and rescued the child from an address in Saskatoon.

"When I first saw the ads on TLC for American Muslim I was a little bothered", he said.

"It's important that people understand that this is happening to children all over the world".

The investigation, dubbed "Project Mercury", began in 2014 and was a partnership between the Toronto Police Service, the National Crime Agency (NCA) in the United Kingdom, Homeland Security and numerous other police agencies around the world, which identified multiple live-streams of child sex abuse. Besides suspects from the Ontario communities of Toronto, Belleville, Ottawa and Thunder Bay, however, police said Canadians were arrested in Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Quebec, Saskatchewan and Alberta.

Thirty-four-year-old Kenneth Bowman of Saskatoon was convicted of six counts, including sexual assault, administering a noxious thing and making arrangements to commit a sexual offence against a child. "We've also prevented a child being adopted by an offender and we've removed a child from foster care".

Then in July 2015, she said, undercover officers in Toronto "observed the live abuse of a six-year-old child over the Internet". He was sentenced to 11 years in prison.

Blackadar says the alleged abuser was doing it for the sexual gratification of himself and for those online, "who actively encouraged the abuse while it was happening live".

A total of 13 Canadians have been convicted of child pornography-related charges in connection with the investigation.