ORILLIA — Following an online undercover operation conducted by local OPP detachments and the Child Sexual Exploitation Unit, officers arrested SD&G Warden Frank Prevost yesterday and charged him with three counts of luring a child. Prevost was also charged with one count of sexual assault in connection with a separate investigation allegedly involving an adult victim.
According to the OPP, there has been an increase in online offender behaviour, by those persons intent on the sexual exploitation of children. As a result, members of OPP CSEU are actively conducting proactive online luring investigations to aggressively target these offenders.
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.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation, or if you have information regarding Internet child exploitation, please contact the OPP at 1-888 310-1122 toll-free. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at (TIPS) or 1-800-222-8477. Reporting information may also be made on the internet through www.cybertip.ca.