Published: June 21, OPP Det. David MacDonald briefs reporters on a massive child pornography bust.
Benjamin Faulkner, of North Bay, has been jailed 35 years for his role in one of the largest child porn rings in the world. But Faulkner, 28, was hiding a side to himself that was so despicable, vile and evil it was unspeakable. Now, a Tennessee judge has sentenced him to 35 years in prison for engaging in a child exploitation enterprise.
Warning: this article contains information about horrific crimes against children. Some of the harshest proclamations of judgment in the Bible are reserved for those who harm precious, innocent children. Thanks to a collaborative effort between the Ontario Provincial Police, the Toronto Police Department, and the Department of Homeland Security, the proprietors of a massive child pornography ring will get to experience that justice firsthand.
Police said their investigation revealed an entire child movie production and distribution company in Toronto operating via the web site azovfilms. The site was run by year old Brian Way, according to police, and sold and distributed images of child exploitation to people across the world. As a result of the investigation thus far, 50 people were arrested in Ontario, 58 in the rest of Canada, 76 in the United States, and internationally.
Frank Goldschmidt told reporters at a press conference Thursday morning. Goldschmidt says the suspects face charges including possession of child pornography, make available child pornography, accessing child pornography and sexual assault. During the investigation, which involved 27 law enforcement agencies across Ontario including the Canadian Forces and United States Homeland Security, police say they also recovered drugs and weapons.
Sixteen officers work there, crammed into a fluorescent-lit, open-plan office. Like their counterparts at similar agencies around the world, the officers engage in activities that most other cops find hard to stomach, spending hours each day searching the web for sources of sexually explicit photos and videos of children. Some work undercover posing as pedophiles, winning entry into private, secure peer-to-peer networks, where they can catch suspects sharing their collections of photos and videos.
Five individuals have been charged following the conclusion of Ontario Provincial Police investigations on an Ontario-based supplier of child pornography that produced millions of images and videos. David MacDonald announced the charges at a news conference. In Octobera complaint to the Toronto Police Service led to the launch of Project Greenwell, a complex, multi-national criminal investigation that first looked at those who uploaded and downloaded images and video files to what could be called a "big box store" of child pornography, with users in at least different countries, a statement from the police said.
Published: August 14, Benjamin Faulkner, of North Bay, has been jailed 35 years for his role in one of the largest child porn rings in the world. But Faulkner, 28, was hiding a side to himself that was so despicable, vile and evil it was unspeakable.
The Toronto man at the heart of the investigation was allegedly running a company since that distributed child pornography videos. Police allege the man instructed people around the world to create the videos of children ranging from five to 12 years of age, and then distributed the videos to international customers. They say 50 of those arrested are from Ontario and 58 are from other parts of Canada.
Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. Story highlights At least 22 victims have been identified, police say Charges include sexual assault and possessing child pornography The victims are receiving treatment, authorities say Police expect more arrests in the case.