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28 arrests in Quebec child-porn ring; school janitor among sweep

June 20, 2014 · 

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MONTREAL — An Ottawa elementary school janitor was among 28 men swept up in an 28 arrests in Quebec child-porn ring, school janitor among sweepalleged pedophile ring based in Quebec.Quebec provincial police say at least 40 children as young as five years old were abused in the child-pornography ring.One of the people arrested is Luc Lacasse, the chief custodian at Ecole elementaire catholique Montfort in Ottawa.He faces possession and distribution of child porn charges.”(Police) told us there is no reason to believe students were involved,” said Roxanne Deevy, spokeswoman with the Conseil des ecoles catholiques du Centre-Est.

Lacasse has been with the board since 1986 and has no record.

The school has launched an internal investigation.

All suspects were scheduled to appear in court Thursday afternoon on charges including production, possession and distribution of child pornography as well as sexual assault.

Some 300 police officers have been carrying out search warrants across the province since Monday, provincial police told a news conference.

Investigators tracked suspicious Internet activity between June and October of this year.

Officers seized 28 computers, 1,300 CDs and DVDs, 12 external hard drives and dozens of memory sticks.

A number of homes were searched in major cities including Montreal, Quebec City and Gatineau, across the river from Ottawa.

The arrests came a week after the largest child-porn bust in Canadian history.

Police in Toronto announced that 348 people, including 108 in Canada, were arrested following a three-year investigation into a Toronto film company.

http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Crime/2013/11/21/21285491.html

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