Mall Santa who runs daycare faces child porn charges

A man who has worked as Santa Claus at several Toronto-area malls and operates a daycare has been charged with possessing child pornography, police say.

A man who has worked as Santa Claus at several Toronto-area malls and operates a daycare has been charged with possessing child pornography, police say.

Shawn Chiasson, 37, runs the Kids Matter Family Daycare in Oshawa. (Facebook)

Shawn Chiasson, 37, is facing five charges after police raided an Oshawa home Wednesday and seized several computers containing a large collection of child pornography.

Chiasson has worked as Santa Claus at several malls in the Greater Toronto Area as well as a children's hair salon, police said.

He also operates Kids Matter Family Daycare in Oshawa and had run a similar business with the same name for six months during 2010 in Ajax.

An initial examination of the seized material suggests the suspect was not victimizing children under his care, according to a press release from Durham Regional Police Service.

The undercover internet investigation began in November 2010 by the Child Exploitation Unit of the Durham police in participation with Toronto police and the OPP.

Investigators are working to identify the victims and have asked anyone with information to come forward.