27-year-old Niagara man faces child pornography charges

Niagara police have charged a 27-year-old man with possession of child pornography after searching his computer systems.

A December investigation led police to his home Thursday

Niagara Regional Police arrested a 27-year-old man after an investigation into the online sexual exploitation of children led investigators to his home. (The Canadian Press/Francis Vachon)

Niagara police have charged a 27-year-old Niagara man after finding child pornography on his home computer.

The arrest comes after an investigation into the online sexual exploitation of children that began last month by the Niagara Regional Police Service Internet Child Exploitation Unit (ICE).

Police say the investigation led police to a Niagara Falls home.

On Thursday, police assigned to the ICE unit, the technology crimes unit and the cybercrime unit executed a search warrant at the home where a number of computer systems and storage media were seized and forensically examined.

As a result of the search, the man was arrested and charged with possession of child pornography, accessing child pornography and making available child pornography.

The 27-year-old is being held in custody pending a bail hearing expected to take place Friday at the Robert S.K. Welch Courthouse in St. Catharines.

People can report suspicious Internet activities relating to child exploitation to the Niagara Regional Police Service, or online. Internet safety tips for parents, children and Internet users are also available on the Cybertip website.