Wide action against child sex abuse nets 150 accused

2018 Paso Robles Press

2018 Paso Robles Press

Horrific online sexual abuse of children as young as 10 months old - sometimes live-streamed to predators watching around the world - prompted a massive worldwide investigation that led to the arrests of 153 men in 10 countries, including Canada.

"The Australian public service has a zero tolerance for any abuse, particularly abuse of children", Parkinson said in a statement on Thursday.

In recounting the details, Toronto Police Staff-Supt.

"The sexual abuse ... occurred not only for the sexual gratification of the abuser himself, but also to satisfy requests from those online who then actively encouraged the abuse while it was happening live", she said.

"If you're a predator, know that we will find you, arrest you, and ensure that you face the full weight of the law", Ruiz said. The man, identified in an undercover investigation as Mark Leonard, 41, of Toronto, has since been convicted.

Police identified the suspect as Paul Edward Acton Bowen and said he is the founder of the Acton Bowen Outreach Ministries.

He said the July 2015 incident observed by Toronto police led United Kingdom police to arrest and prosecute six offenders.

One of the alleged perpetrators in that case was arrested in Pennsylvania, the other in Saskatoon, Blackadar said, adding Canadian authorities are now working to have the Saskatchewan man declared a unsafe offender.

She said the live-streaming of children being sexually abused is "on the rise" and putting a dent in the huge global problem is "a daunting task".

"During the abuse of the six-year-old child, users commented amongst themselves, as well as directing the abuser", Detective Constable Janelle Blackadar told reporters. "They deserve us to look for them every day and that's part of the reason why we do our job is because we get to make that difference".

Project Mercury's roots go back to 2014, when investigators in the United Kingdom uncovered a network of people allegedly livestreaming, recording and distributing instances of child sexual abuse.

The investigation, dubbed Project Mercury, ultimately led to more than 150 arrests around the world.

Toronto police say an global child sex abuse investigation has resulted in 153 arrests, including 16 arrests in Canada and seven in Toronto.

Moore was sentenced to nine years in prison and placed on the sex offenders' register indefinitely at the High Court in Glasgow on Wednesday.

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