Thirty-year-old Ottawa man facing child pornography charges

Ottawa police cruiser. JEAN LEVAC / POSTMEDIA

 

A 30-year-old Ottawa man is facing child pornography charges after a search warrant was executed in the Carlington area on Wednesday, Ottawa police said in a news release.

A member of the internet child exploitation unit was conducting a proactive investigation on a Peer to Peer network in early October 2017 when the investigator identified an IP address in the Ottawa area sharing hundreds of files of suspected child pornography, police said. P2P is a file-sharing network commonly used to share child pornography images and videos, police said.

When the search warrant was executed Wednesday, digital devices examined showed an extensive collection of child pornography videos, police said.

Richard Devarennes has been charged with making child pornography available, possession of child pornography and access to child pornography.

He is to appear in court on Thursday.

Police reminded the public that anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477 (TIPS), toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 or by downloading the Ottawa police app.

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