WINNIPEG – Child sex charges have been laid against two people involving a five-year-old Winnipeg child, police announced on Wednesday.
In December, the police received a tip from the public that child pornography images were posted on a social media account. The Winnipeg Police Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Unit began a lengthy investigation identifying two suspects.
In February, police executed a search warrant and found child sexual abuse images. Two people were arrested and charged with numerous offences, including possession and distribution of child pornography.
Const. Rob Carver said the child was also identified at that time and is now safe.
“Somebody just saw something on social media,” said Carver. “(It) allowed us to start an investigation that ultimately resulted in the kind of resolution that our investigators cross their fingers and hope to get, which is a child now safe.”
The investigation continued, spanning more than five months, and uncovered evidence of the sexual assault of the five-year-old.
The two suspects, who had been released on bail, were re-arrested in April. They now face additional charges of sexual assault and making child pornography.
“There’s some initial charges based on what investigators find upfront and then as they go through these (computer) files, further charges can come,” Carver said.