OPP child sexual exploitation unit charge Selwyn Township man in a child pornography investigation

Members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Child Sexual Exploitation Unit (CSEU) and Peterborough County detachment have arrested and charged a Selwyn resident following a child pornography and child luring investigation.

On November 24, 2022, police arrested a Selwyn resident after a search warrant was executed at his residence. During the execution, multiple electronic devices were seized for analysis. As a result of this investigation, Thomas Christopher CAVANAGH, 46-years-old, was arrested and charged with the following Criminal Code offences:

  • Transmitting sexually explicit material to a child contrary to section 171.1(1)b;
  • Making child pornography contrary to section 163.1(2);
  • Distribution of child pornography contrary to section 163.1(3);
  • Possession of child pornography contrary to section 163.1(4) – three counts; and, 
  • Luring a child for a sexual purpose contrary to section 172.1(1)a – five counts. 

The accused appeared in a bail hearing on November 24, 2022.

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. Every time an image or video depicting that abuse is shared, that child is re-victimized. Members of the OPP CSEU will continue to pursue individuals who exploit children on the Internet.   

Anyone wanting to make a difference is encouraged to go to protectchildren.ca and download the “Child Sexual Abuse – It Is Your Business” brochure from the Canadian Center for Child Protection. This is an important first step that can save a child. 

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 cybertip.ca.

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