In January, a 26 year old man from Greater Sudbury was arrested for an unrelated matter. As a result of his arrest we received Court-ordered authorization to forensically examine a cell phone in his possession. During the examination our Computer Forensic Unit found Child Pornography on the device. 

In the same month, an email service provider reported a person from Greater Sudbury emailing Child Pornography to another person on the Internet. A few months later in April, a chat application reported a person from Greater Sudbury sending Child Pornography to another user of the chat application.

During the three investigations, Greater Sudbury Police Service Patrol Operations and our Internet Child Exploitation Unit executed five (5) Court Orders authorizing Police to gather account information, computer forensic evidence, as well as, the authority to search a Greater Sudbury residence on June 18, 2020.  

Based on the evidence gathered from the execution of the Court Orders, Detectives were able to identify the man believed to be responsible for the incidents. On June 18, 2020, members of our I.C.E. Unit with assistance from our Tactical Unit arrested 26 year old Ricky Kirchner from Greater Sudbury.   

He has been charged with the following offences:

  • Access Child Pornography x3
  • Possession of Child Pornography x3
  • Distribution of Child Pornography x2
  • Breach of Probation x16

He attended Bail Court today, Friday, June 19, 2020 to answer to the charges.

The Greater Sudbury Police Service Internet Child Exploitation Unit is part of the Ontario Provincial Strategy to Protect Children from Sexual Abuse and Exploitation on the Internet which has been made possible by a grant from the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services and the Ministry of the Attorney General.