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Winnipeg man charged after a multitude of images containing child sexual abuse were found


Winnipeg man charged after a multitude of images containing child sexual abuse were found
Winnipeg man charged facing Child sexual abuse charges

By: Staff Writer - Winnipeg Tribune


Winnipeg, March 13, 2024 - The Winnipeg Police Service's Internet Child Exploitation Unit (ICE) announced significant progress in a case involving the discovery of child sexual abuse imagery on the internet.


A residence located in the 200 block of Polson Street became the focal point of the investigation, as authorities executed a search warrant, resulting in the seizure of several electronic storage devices deemed crucial to the case. Following forensic analysis by the Technological Crimes Section, the disturbing truth emerged – a multitude of images containing child sexual abuse were uncovered within these devices.


The scope of the investigation expanded as authorities delved deeper, uncovering a pattern of sexual offenses stretching back to January 1, 2014. A male suspect was identified, linked to sexual offenses against two known victims, along with luring offenses against an unidentified victim.


On February 29, 2024, the Winnipeg Police Service made a significant breakthrough with the arrest of Steven Peterson, a 32-year-old resident of Winnipeg. Peterson now faces a litany of charges, including possession and accessing child pornography, sexual assault, interference, indecent exposure, and various luring offenses, among others. He has been detained in custody pending further legal proceedings.


The public is urged to come forward with any pertinent information, or if they wish to speak to investigators regarding this case. Those with information can reach out to the Winnipeg Police Service at 204-986-6172.


The Winnipeg Police Service encourages the public to report any instances of child sexual abuse imagery promptly. Reports can be made via the non-emergency line at 204-986-6222, through Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477), or online at winnipegcrimestoppers.org or Cybertip.ca.

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