22 charges were laid against a Filipino man, including sexual assault of three very young children, making child pornography and sharing the videos online on social media including Facebook.
The videos showed that the suspect recorded the assaults at places of worship, including churches.
FACEBOOK REPORTS CHILD PORNOGRAPHY TO AUTHORITIES
Detective Constable Don Bai of the Toronto Police Service said in a press conference that Facebook reported to US authorities that an individual was sharing sexually explicit photos and videos of children online.
Upon further investigation, it was determined that the individual in question was based in Canada. US authorities reached out to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).
The RCMP then notified Toronto Police Services, who raided a home on Bathurst and Sheppard on June 12, 2019.
POLICE RAID TORONTO MAN’S HOME, SEIZE COMPUTERS WITH CHILD PORNORGRAPHY
A number of devices were seized during the raid, yielding videos of a man sexually assaulting young children.
From the undisclosed number of children in the videos, three have been positively identified by police.
Police were also able to identify two churches where the sexual assaults took place: Word and Life Christian Assemble on Coldstream Ave. and Jesus Reigns Forever International Ministry on Finch Ave. W., both in Toronto.
During the press conference, Detective Constable Don Bai said, “The Filipino community – they’re very trusting in nature and they welcomed him into their family. They trusted him – he had access to their children and I believe he used this trust and broke this trust.”
THERE ARE MORE VICTIMS OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
Police officers have already reached out to the pastors and members of the church communities involved.
The suspect has been identified as 32 year old William Christopher Claveria. Among the charges Claveria faces are making and distributing child pornography and voyeurism.
Police have said that other children were also involved, but have not yet been identified.
Police are appealing to the public to call (416) 808-8500 if they have information to share about the suspect.
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