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Ramara Township man faces child pornography charges

Ontario Provincial Police charged the 25-year-old after receiving information from an outside agency
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The Orillia Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Crime Unit have made an arrest in relation to child pornography in the Township of Ramara.

Members of the Orillia Crime Unit, in conjunction with the OPP Child Sexual Exploitation Unit, began an investigation in December 2019 based on information received from an outside agency involved in child protection. 

On Jan. 23, 2020, police executed a search warrant at a Ramara Township residence and, as a result, have seized digital devices that are currently being examined by the OPP Digital Forensic Unit. 

Derek MacDonald, age 25, of Ramara Township, has been arrested and charged with two counts of Possession of Child Pornography contrary to Section 163.1(4) of the Criminal Code and one count of Make Available Child Pornography contrary to Section 163.1(3) of the Criminal Code. The accused was held in custody for a bail hearing and has since been released on a recognizance. The accused is set to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Orillia on Feb. 18, 2020

Members of the Orillia Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police are committed to public safety, delivering proactive and innovative policing in partnership with our communities. Officers value your contribution to building safe communities. If you have information about suspected unlawful activity, please contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or visit Crime Stoppers online or call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).