Ottawa man convicted with more than 1 million child sexual exploitation files

Ottawa man sentenced to 5 plus years for child sex crimes

OTTAWA, ON, June 15, 2021 – Following years of criminal activity involving the production, possession and distribution of child sexual exploitation material, a 68-year old Ottawa man has been convicted of his offences, in what was one of the largest such seizures by the RCMP ever in Canada.

On June 10, 2021, Tristen Alexandre Perrier, 68, of Ottawa, Ontario appeared in the Ontario Provincial Court and was sentenced to 5.5 years in jail minus 11 days served after pleading guilty to:

  • 1 count of making child pornography, Section 163.1(2) of the Criminal Code
  • 1 count of possession of child pornography, Section 163.1(4) of the Criminal Code
  • 1 count of distribution of child pornography, Section 163(3) of the Criminal Code
  • These charges are a result of a joint international investigation into a group of transnational child sex offenders that revealed the involvement of a Canadian man. 
  • In addition to the prison sentence, Perrier will also:
  • Be required to submit DNA samples
  • Face a Sex Offender Information Registration Act (SOIRA) order for life
  • Have to adhere to all subsections of Section 161 of the Criminal Code

The RCMP’s Victim Identification Unit, a unit within the National Child Exploitation Crime Centre, initiated an investigation into Perrier in January 2020.

On June 30, 2020, the RCMP, with assistance from the Ottawa Police Service Internet Child Exploitation Unit, executed search warrants at multiple locations. Perrier was arrested and subsequently released on strict conditions, including not being able to live alone or be in unsupervised company of minors and not allowed to possess a device that could access the internet.

Although he has plead guilty to crimes committed in Canada, the RCMP does not have information to suggest the man committed sexual offences against any Canadian children. Some of the man’s activities occurred while traveling abroad and involved crimes carried out over many years on the dark web.

When imposing the 5.5 year sentence, Justice Wadden of the Ontario Court of Justice stated that Perrier had “glorified and memorialized” the sexual abuse of impoverished children through creating flashy magazine covers depicting it, and in so doing contributed to “this institutional form of sexual violence, which is akin to sexual slavery”.

“Online child sexual exploitation crimes have no borders and making child sexual exploitation materials available online re-victimizes children again and again. Whether crimes against children are recent or historical, the RCMP and its partners around the globe are committed to detecting, identifying and safeguarding vulnerable children from child sexual offenders.”

Corporal Stephen Ludlow, Victim Identification Unit, National Child Exploitation Crime Centre, RCMP

No country is immune to child sexual exploitation offences – it is a global issue. While some children may be more vulnerable in specific parts of the world for various reasons, it is also happening here in Canada, and right in our own neighbourhoods. Offenders are well versed on how to engage with children and youth and vigilance must be used at all times both on and offline.

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