The OPP painted a disturbing picture today when it comes to child exploitation in this province.
In November alone, 122 people were charged with a total of 551 child pornography-related offences, and 12 have been previously convicted of child sexual abuse.
11 are youths under the age of 18.
Of those charged, 5 are males from Simcoe-Muskoka, including Orillia, Huntsville, Innisfil, Adjala-Tosorontio and Barrie, and range in age from 23 to 66. In Huntsville, police say 23 yr old Cody A. Secord stands charged with possession of child porn and making child porn available.
OPP Staff Sgt. Sharon Hanlon said the charges include sexual assault, sexual interference, child-pornography offences, invitation to sexual touching, luring, voyeurism and more.
Investigators have identified 55 victims with the youngest being three years of age.
Hanlon said charged persons include former and present teachers, emergency service personnel, members of the military, engineers, immediate family members of the victims, as well as a female.
She said it's clear this crime crosses all demographics, of wealth, employment, social status and age.
OPP Deputy Commissioner Rick Barnum told the news conference that every image of child sexual abuse represents a real victim and every trading and transmission of that image is the re-victimization of that child.
Police said they are seeing victims getting younger each year and the acts depicted are becoming more violent.
Hanlon said in the preview of the seized devices in these investigations reveals the presence of child sexual abuse material of children from infancy through to 17 years of age.