Barrie man facing pornography charges in online investigation involving child in U.S.

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A Barrie, Ont., man is facing child pornography charges in connection to a Barrie police online investigation involving a child located in the United States.

On Wednesday, March 8, the Barrie Police Service Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Unit arrested a local man after a seven-month investigation.

Police say the 50-year-old now faces charges of luring a child and making child pornography.

The child exploration unit said the accused used the online social media websites Fortnite and TikTok to communicate with the 11-year-old victim living in the U.S.

“The accused exploited the victim and engaged in an explicit chat,” police said in a statement.

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The male was held for bail and later released on recognizance with several conditions and a future court date.

Tips on how to stay safe on social media are available on the Barrie Police website.

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