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Durham police charge Smiths Falls woman in relation to planned sexual exploitation of child

Durham Regional Police Service

Durham Regional Police report that a Smiths Falls woman has been arrested following an investigation into two adults who allegedly arranged to meet in order to sexually exploit a child.

In a March 4 media release, police report that on Thursday, December 28, 2023, members of the Durham Regional Police Internet Child Exploitation Unit (ICE) arrested a Bowmanville male after he arranged to meet with an American female for the purpose of engaging in sexual acts against the female’s daughter. 

Further analysis of the accused male’s phone revealed a conversation from the app ‘KIK’ between him and another woman from Canada with the username ‘harleyquinn_613’.  Police say their conversation detailed arrangements to engage in sexual offences against a young child. The ICE Unit, in collaboration with members of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the OPP, the DRPS Cyber Crime Unit, and the Canadian Borders Services Agency (CBSA), worked to identify the woman and gather evidence.

On Sunday, March 3, 2024, at approximately 8 a.m., members of the DRPS ICE Unit and Electronic Crimes Unit, executed a search warrant at an address in Smiths Falls, Ontario. The female suspect was located inside of the residence and taken into custody without incident.

Sheena Smith, age 37, from Smiths Falls is charged with: Agree/Arrange to Commit Sexual Offence Against a Child Under 16, Make Child Pornography, Possess Child Pornography, Access Child Pornography, and Make Child Pornography Available.

Charges have not been proven in court.

Smith was held for a bail hearing.

Police are concerned there may be other victims and are requesting anyone with information to come forward.

For more information on our ICE unit and resources that are available please visit our website at https://www.drps.ca/community-safety-and-support/crime-prevention/internet-safety-and-child-exploitation/

In the media release, the Durham Regional Police acknowledged the assistance of the Canadian National and Ontario Provincial Strategies to Protect Children from Sexual Abuse and Exploitation on the InternetThis project has been made possible by a grant from the Ministry of the Solicitor General.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact D/Cst. Mayhew of the Major Crime Internet Child Exploitation Unit at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 5502.

Anonymous information can be sent to Durham Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at www.durhamregionalcrimestoppers.ca and tipsters may be eligible for a $2,000 cash reward.

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