Arrest In Child Pornography Investigation

A 23-year-old Innisfil man is facing charges following a child pornography investigation. South Simcoe Police Officers began an investigation after receiving information from the RCMP regarding child pornography involving a 12-year-old girl over social media sites including Snapchat and Instagram.

As a result, a man was arrested on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 and Police executed a search warrant at a home in the 9th Line and 25th Sideroad area of Innisfil. Investigators continue to sift through the material seized and further other investigative strategies to determine if other victims exist.

This investigation is ongoing, however Police are releasing the accused man’s name at this time out of concern there may be other victims.

Investigators say Shiva Dhanna faces several charges including possession of child pornography, extortion and luring a person under 18.

The accused appeared for a Bail Hearing today and was released on a recognizance with strict conditions.

This investigation should be a reminder of the need for parents and guardians to remain vigilant by monitoring their children’s social media activity. Police remind residents they will continue to work with their policing and community partners to ensure the safety of children.

Anyone who has had concerning interaction with the accused or has any information about this investigation they can contact the Lead Investigator, Det/Cst Kai Johnson at 905-775-3311/705-436-2141 extension 1040 or Kai.Johnson@SouthSimcoePolice.ca

Anyone who has any information about this investigation is asked to contact South Simcoe Police at 905-775-3311, 705-436-2141 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477(TIPS). Information can also be submitted online at www.crimestopperssdm.com.

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