Man faces charges following child pornography investigation
Yesterday, following an ongoing child pornography investigation conducted with members of the Greater Sudbury Police Service’s Cyber Crime Unit, and the execution of a search warrant, members of the North Bay Police Service’s Criminal Investigation Service arrested Joseph D Pezzola, age 59 at his North Bay residence and charged him with:
- Two counts of possession of child pornography; and
- One count of accessing child pornography.
It is alleged that the accused accessed child pornography files through an online file sharing network and saved numerous files of child pornography on his personal computer and on DVDs.
The accused was held in custody for bail.
As a result of the search of his residence, police seized three computer towers, a thumb drive containing child pornography and over 500 DVDs for forensic analysis.
The investigation continues.
The North Bay Police Service is part of the Ontario Provincial Strategy to Protect Children from Sexual Abuse and Exploitation on the Internet. This partnership was made possible by a grant from the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services and the Ministry of the Attorney General.
Help is available
If you are aware of a child at immediate risk of online sexual assault or exploitation, call 9-1-1 immediately or call the North Bay Police Service at 705-497-5555.
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