Ottawa police say they arrested a 59-year-old man who allegedly possessed thousands of images of suspected child pornography after searching his home in Lowertown.
Police said in a media release that an officer with the Internet and Child Exploitation Unit was doing a proactive investigation on a peer-to-peer file sharing network in February and that an Internet Protocol (IP) address from the Ottawa area was found to be sharing more than 2,000 files of prepubescent children being sexually abused.
On Thursday, police executed a search warrant on the home on Cobourg Street that was linked to that IP and seized several laptops and external devices that were forensically analyzed. The search revealed more than 32,000 files of suspected child pornography and the investigation is ongoing, police said.
"Now our officers are tasked with going through those items, determining which ones are child pornography, which don't qualify as child pornography, so it's going to take some time," said Const. Marc Soucy of the Ottawa police.
"That's why we say the investigation is ongoing and additional charges could be laid."
An Ottawa man has been charged with one count of making child pornography available and two counts of possession of child pornography.
He does not have any previous criminal charges, according to court documents.
He is scheduled to appear in court Friday afternoon. Anyone with information about the investigation is asked to contact Ottawa police. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477 (TIPS), toll-free at 1-800-222-8477.