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Innisfil man charged in child pornography investigation

Police say the man appeared in court for a bail hearing on Thursday and was released on a recognizance with strict conditions.
Police say the man appeared in court for a bail hearing on Thursday and was released on a recognizance with strict conditions. South Simcoe Police / File / Twitter

A man from Innisfil has been charged in connection with a child pornography investigation, police say.

According to South Simcoe police, officers received information from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police regarding child pornography involving a 12-year-old girl over social media sites including Snapchat and Instagram.

Police say on Wednesday, officers executed a search warrant at a home in the 9th Line and 25th Sideroad area of Innisfil.

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Officers say as a result, 23-year-old Shiva Dhanna from Innisfil was arrested and charged with extortion, making sexually explicit material available to a person under 18 years of age, exposure to person under 16, possession of child pornography, making obscene matter and luring a person under 18 years of age by means of telecommunications.

Police say Dhanna appeared in court for a bail hearing on Thursday, and was released on a recognizance with strict conditions.

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Officers say the investigation is ongoing.

Police are concerned that there may be other victims and have released the accused’s social media usernames.

Police say the accused used various social media names.
Police say the accused used various social media names. South Simcoe Police / Provided

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 905-775-3311 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).