Ottawa man, 62, faces child porn charges after mission to Nepal orphanage

An Ottawa man is facing child pornography charges after being stopped by the Canada Border Services Agency as he returned to this country following a volunteer mission to an orphanage in Nepal.

At the time the 62-year-old was stopped in Ottawa in mid-December, officers found evidence of suspected child pornography and conversations in which he requested to have sexual relations with children under the age of 16, the Ottawa police alleged in a news release Friday.

The Ottawa Police Internet Child Exploitation Unit investigated and confirmed the images met the Criminal Code definition of child pornography, the release alleged. It also said the investigation resulted in the identification of five alleged Nepalese male victims, all under the age of 16.

The man was arrested at the Toronto Pearson International Airport on Friday and escorted off a plane destined for Panama City. He was transported to Ottawa on Friday afternoon.

A search warrant was also executed at the man’s Ottawa residence, where more electronic devices with images of child porn were seized, the release stated.

The investigation continues, and ICE investigators are concerned there could be further victims, the news release stated.

Sgt. Maureen T. Bryden of the ICE unit said the investigation, which will also include the RCMP, will require a great deal of extra work because the man had an extensive travel history. “He’s been travelling for many, many years,” Bryden said.

Paul McCarthy, 62, has been charged with two counts of possessing child pornography, one count of luring a child under 18 and one count of importing child pornography.

He is scheduled to appear in court Saturday.

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