OPP Det. Staff Sgt. Frank Goldschmidt, left, listens as OPP commissioner Julian Fantino announces the arrests of 35 people in a provincewide child pornography sweep that resulted in 122 charges and the seizure of millions of child pornography images.

A co-ordinated investigation into child pornography in Ontario resulted in charges against 35 people across the province, police announced yesterday.

Two child victims, one in the province, the other outside Canada, were “rescued,” police said, although they refused to provide details.

“This is a crime that, to me, is one of the most heinous one human being can commit against another,” said Ontario Police commissioner Julian Fantino.

“(Police) will stop at nothing to hunt down child predators.”

The charges follow weeks of legwork involving 18 police services that are part of a provincewide initiative to combat child pornography.

In all, 44 search warrants were executed, leading to 122 child pornography and other charges.

Police said the individuals charged were not part of any ring.

As representatives from more than a dozen police services across the province looked on, Fantino decried a justice system he said was too soft on child pornographers.

In particular, he lashed out at the maximum 10-year sentence.

“You can’t in good conscience call that adequate punishment for such a brutal crime,” Fantino said.

Kid’s Internet Safety Alliance, an organization that helps child victims of abuse, applauded the bust.

At the same time, the group called the arrests “a drop in the bucket” of child pornography.

“The traffic in images of abuse is an international problem involving over a million pictures of more than 50,000 different children from around the world,” the alliance said in a statement.

“Only about 1,300 of these children have been rescued.”

Police said those charged were arrested in recent days, with two arrests still to come.

One accused had more than six million images stored on his computer.

A list of those charged across the province

1 Matthew Smith, 21, Ajax
2 George Miller, 23, Ajax
3 Youth, 17, Brantford
4 Ryan Creamer, 36, Burlington
5 Robert Fletcher Burns, 51, Burlington
6 Dave Derivers, 41, Collingwood
7 Casey McTaggart, 23, Collingwood
8 David Allan Glaude, 37, Cornwall
9 Youth, 15, Guelph
10 Alfred Douglas Stelpstra, 47, Kingston
11 Jeff Joseph, 25, London
12 Youth, 15, London
13 William Ronald England, 25, London
14 Nirushananthan Thillaiambalam, 32, Markham
15 Edwin Khitab, 33, Ottawa
16 Youth, 17, Ottawa
17 Michael McCurdy, 23, Ottawa
18 Alex Mason, 29, Ottawa
19 Jean Michel Duval, 26, Ottawa
20 Kevan Brownson, 57, Peterborough
21 Joel Charlebois, 34, Sault Ste. Marie
22 David Marceau, 21, Sault Ste. Marie
23 Youth, 16, Stevensville
24 Liam Selman, 18, St. Clair
25 Corey Phibbs, 18, Stevensville
26 Richard Nault, 56, Sudbury
27 Ryan Hopkins, 27, Sudbury
28 Adrian Cote, 19, Sudbury
29 Michael Daniel Bewcyk, 61, Thunder Bay
30 Willy Garcia-Porras, 26, Toronto
31 Jimmy Roca, 36, Toronto
32 Derek Winger, 19, Waterloo
33 Daryl Skreptak, 30, Windsor
Two accused still to be apprehended.     OPP

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