Multiple arrests after month long Internet Child Exploitation Initiative

During the month of November, members of the Ha​lton Regional Police Internet Child Exploitation Unit (ICE) participated in a Provincial initiative along with 26 other police services across Ontario.  The focus of the initiative was to Protect Children from Sexual Abuse and Exploitation on the Internet.

During that time, the ICE unit took part in numerous investigations resulting in a number of arrests, search warrants and electronic seizures within Halton Region.

Arrested and charged parties are as follows:

Eric PARSONS – 30 years old of Hamilton, charged with: Luring, Invitation to Sexual Touching, Possession of Child Pornography

Christopher HARVIE – 42 years old of Burlington, charged with: Possession of Child Pornography x 2, Make Available Child Pornography, and Access Child Pornography

Gary HORNER – 67 years old of Toronto, charged with: Luring, Invitation to Sexual touching

Anthony (Tony) DAWKINS – 60 years old of Georgetown, charged with:  Possession of Child Pornography x 2, Make available Child Pornography, Access Child Pornography

William MATHERS – 42 years of Milton, charged with:  Luring, Invitation to Sexual Touching, Making Sexually Explicit Material Available to a Child

Liam Murphy – 22 years old of Oakville, charged with:  Luring, Invitation to Sexual Touching, Making Sexually Explicit Material Available to a Child

Jianbo HONG – 41 years old of Oakville, charged with: Possession of Child Pornography x 2, Make Available Child Pornography, and Access Child Pornography

Halton Regional Police Service reminds parents to be vigilant when monitoring their children’s online activities, and to discuss internet safety strategies with them.

Anyone who may have any additional information pertaining to these types of investigations are asked to contact D/Sgt Chris Newcombe 905-465-8965 or Det. Todd Martin 905-465-8983 of the Halton Regional Police Service Internet Child Exploitation Unit (I.C.E.).

These investigations have been funded and made possible through a grant from the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.

Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers “See Something? Hear Something? Know Something?” Contact “Crime Stoppers” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web.

Please be reminded that all persons charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law​.