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Niagara Falls man charged in child pornography investigation

Arrest made after detectives executed a search warrant at a private residence in Niagara Falls
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In November 2023, Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) Detectives assigned to the Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Unit began an investigation into the upload of child sexual abuse material to a Microsoft cloud-based storage service.

On Nov. 16, 2023, Detectives executed a search warrant at a private residence in Niagara Falls. Evidence uncovered during this search lead to the arrest of Michael D. Honey (66 years old) from Niagara Falls who is now facing the following charges:
    •    two counts of possessing child pornography
    •    one count of accessing child pornography

The Michael D. Honey was held in custody after his arrest and is set to appear for a bail hearing on Nov. 17, 2023 at the Robert S.K. Welch Courthouse located at 59 Church St. in the City of St. Catharines.

Online platforms that allow like-minded users to create, share and store child sexual abuse material (CSAM) are prevalent on the Internet. Offenders who try and hide their illegal CSAM collections behind an anonymous account in the “cloud” can be identified and will be held accountable for their actions.

For more information on how parents and guardians can keep children safe online, please click here.

The Niagara Regional Police Service is a member of the Provincial Strategy to Protect Children from Sexual Abuse and Exploitation on the Internet and conducts investigations into internet child exploitation offences in partnership with Ontario Police Services and International Partners. This investigative initiative has been made possible by a grant from the Ministry of the Solicitor General.

Members of the public who wish to provide information anonymously are encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers of Niagara online or by calling 1-800-222-8477. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards to persons who contact the program with information that leads to an arrest.