Thunder Bay

Thunder Bay woman charged after allegedly uploading child pornography images, videos

Police in Thunder Bay, Ont., say they have arrested a 23-year-old woman for allegedly uploading child pornography images and videos to a social media site called, Tumblr.

An investigation began in October 2018

Police in Thunder Bay, Ont., say they have arrested a 23-year-old for allegedly uploading child pornography images and videos to Tumblr. (CBC)

Police in Thunder Bay, Ont., say they have arrested a 23-year-old woman for allegedly uploading child pornography images and videos to a social media site called, Tumblr.

Police said an investigation was started in October 2018 after the Thunder Bay Police Cyber Crime Unit received information from the National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre

Victim known to accused

In a written release Friday, police said the investigation resulted in a search warrant being executed at a residence in the 1900 block of Frederica Street West on November 1, 2018.

Officers seized several devices and arrested 23-year-old woman Ashley Dawn Raymer of Thunder Bay.

Police said the images of the victim are of a 10-year-old girl that is known to the accused.

Thunder Bay police Detective Constable Kathy Williams-Waruck told CBC News that police aren't certain yet if there are more victims.

"As far as we know at this time, that is the only victim," she said. "But we are doing a forensic examination of the devices seizes from the residence, so we're not sure if there possibly could be more victims."

Raymer has been charged with making child pornography, making child pornography available, sexual assault and sexual interference.

Unique case

Officers with the National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre, which is run by the RCMP, came to Thunder Bay on Friday, police said, to interview Raymer, because of the nature and severity of the investigation.

"Knowing that we were planning to arrest this female after doing the execution of the warrant at her residence, they offered to come up and do the the interview with the accused female," Williams-Waruck said. "They have officers that are specialized in doing this."

She said the case is a unique one.

"I've been in this cyber-crime unit for three-and-a-half years, and this is only the second time that I have seen a female offender,"  Williams-Waruck said. "The other female offender I saw was involved, but not to the extreme of this female offender."

Raymer appeared in Thunder Bay court via video on Friday morning and was remanded into custody. Her next appearance is scheduled for Monday.