Collingwood man charged for child porn related offences

A Collingwood man is facing charges after an investigation into reports of a man videotaping children in public.

OPP officers responded to complaints about the unknown man taking pictures of young children at a local pier on July 4.

As a result, a search warrant was executed on Wednesday at a residence in Collingwood and police seized several electronic devices.

Jason Pierre Mueller, 45, has been arrested and charged with possession of child pornography, making child pornography and voyeurism for a sexual purpose

Parents are reminded to take a proactive approach to help protect their children from online sexual exploitation by speaking with their children regarding internet safety. Parents and anyone interested in protecting children can find resources to assist them at www.cybertip.ca.

The investigation remains ongoing by members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Child Sexual Exploitation Unit, Digital Forensic Unit and Collingwood OPP Detachment. Police are asking anyone who may have information regarding this investigation or if you have information regarding internet child exploitation, please contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122. If you wish to remain anonymous you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or www.ontariocrimestoppers.ca. Reporting information may also be made on the internet through www.cybertip.ca.

“The OPP will continue to aggressively identify and pursue individuals who use technology to exploit children. Child exploitation is everyone’s business and police cannot do it alone. Everyone needs to know that these offenders operate amongst us and go undetected due to a lack of understanding. Everyone can make a difference by educating themselves about what child sexual exploitation really looks like,”┬ásaid Staff Sergeant Sharon Hanlon of the OPP Child Sexual Exploitation Unit.