Abbotsford man faces possession of child pornography charge in sextortion investigation

AN Abbotsford man is facing criminal charges after an alleged sextortion incident, Port Moody Police announced on Thursday.

In October 2021, a young female contacted the Port Moody Police Department detailing an event where someone had obtained her password-protected intimate images from a cloud-based platform. The suspect threatened to distribute the images if she didn’t send additional intimate images.

Detectives in the Major Crime Section launched an exhaustive investigation spanning more than one year which included an arrest, a search warrant and the seizure of numerous devices.

On November 29, 2022, the British Columbia Prosecution Service approved charges against Jesse Toews. He is alleged to have committed the following offences:

  1. Possession of child pornography
  2. Using a computer password to commit an offence

“This investigation was sophisticated and technical, uncovering other alleged compromised data and other potential victims,” said Constable Sam Zacharias. “We commend the victim for coming forward to police and reporting this incident. If you are the victim of an extortion, we recommend you call police immediately.”