Police raid results in child porn possession charge for Brock Township man

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Published March 16, 2023 at 4:42 pm

A Brock Township man has been charged after a police raid allegedly discovered child pornography.

The OPP Child Sexual Exploitation Unit raided a home in Beaverton back in August, seizing numerous electronic devices.

Months later, on March 14, they arrested Theodore Dekkema, 59 of Brock, for possession of child pornography. He was later released from custody with conditions. He’ll appear in an Orillia courtroom on April 18.

“Children are our most valuable and precious members of society. Many victims of child sexual abuse are so young that they cannot tell their story,” the OPP said. “Every time an image or video depicting that abuse is shared, that child is re-victimized.”

The OPP report added that police will “continue to aggressively identify and pursue individuals who use technology to exploit children. 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 can find resources to assist them at cybertip.ca or protectchildren.ca.

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