Hamilton paramedic facing child porn charges

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A Hamilton paramedic who also volunteers as an auxiliary constable with Norfolk County OPP is facing child pornography and theft charges.

On Monday, Norfolk County OPP announced charges of theft under $5,000 against Todd Boylan, 47, who police identified as a five-year member of the OPP auxiliary.

Court documents subsequently revealed Boylan is also charged with possessing child pornography on or around April 6, and making child pornography between June 1, 2020, and March 18 of this year.

The documents shed further light on the theft charges, alleging Boylan stole underwear from the men’s change room at the Simcoe Recreation Centre on multiple occasions between 2016 and 2019. He faces nine theft charges related to nine different victims.

“Investigators believe that there may be additional victims,” said acting Sgt. Ed Sanchuk.

Sanchuk told The Spectator police did not announce the child pornography charges “due to concerns that it may possibly identify the victims.”

The names of the alleged victims and details of Boylan’s May 31 bail hearing cannot be reported because of a pair of standard publication bans.

Boylan, a Simcoe resident who was arrested May 27, has been suspended from the OPP auxiliary, and a City of Hamilton spokesperson said he is not currently working as a paramedic.

“The involved paramedic will remain out of the workplace pending further investigation,” said Antonella Giancarlo.

“The City of Hamilton will not comment on the charges as the investigation is with the Norfolk County OPP.”

Giancarlo declined to say whether Boylan is being paid while on leave, saying the city “will not provide details on personnel matters.”

Mario Posteraro, president of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union Local 256, confirmed Boylan’s employment status.

“He’s definitely not in the workplace, he’s not on active duty, and will not be for the foreseeable future,” Posteraro told The Spectator.

“Todd Boylan maintains his innocence and has retained defence counsel to vigorously defend the charges that are before him.”

The union is not covering Boylan’s legal fees, Posteraro said.

Boylan will be back in court June 22.

J.P. Antonacci, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Hamilton Spectator