Child pornography, breach of prohibition charges laid

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 - 12:15
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Date Published: 2020-06-17

Police arrested and charged a local man Tuesday with possession of child pornography and breaching a prohibition order in relation to children.

Members of the Thunder Bay Police Service’s Cyber Crimes Unit began an investigation in January 2020 after receiving information about suspicious online posts by a local Internet user.

As a result of their ongoing investigation, officers executed a search warrant at a home in the 400 block of Rupert Street on June 16.

During this search, police found evidence the accused was in violation of a court order, which prohibited the suspect from accessing the World Wide Web outside of employment and education purposes. Police also located and seized devices connected to their investigation.

Further investigation revealed the suspect was in possession of files consistent with child pornography.

Mark Phillip LEHTONEN, 37, of Thunder Bay is charged with Possession of Child Pornography and Breach of Prohibition Order in Relation to Children.

He appeared in bail court on Wednesday, June 17 and was remanded into custody with a future appearance date of Thursday, June 18.


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