MONTREAL – Quebec provincial police have arrested at least ten people in a province-wide pedophile ring.
The Sûreté du Québec (SQ) worked with local police from Montreal, Quebec City, Lévis, Trois-Rivières, Saint-Eustache, Richelieu-Saint-Laurent and Toronto.
The suspects, aged between 27 and 74, could face charges linked to sexual exploitation of children.
They allegedly went online to share stories of their sexual experiences with children and discussed how and when to perform these acts without anyone noticing.
“These men were on chat rooms and they were meeting and giving each other advice on places to go to sexually abuse children,” explained
Mélanie Dumaresq with the SQ.
“We don’t know if they’re linked in other ways.”
The men are expected to appear in court later in the day.
About 150 SQ officers took part in the investigation, which started in April 2013 in collaboration with the RCMP following a tip from the public.
“The investigation is not finished, even though we are making arrests today,” said Dumaresq.
Police said there could be more arrests.
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