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Markham man charged with child porn, extortion, voyeurism

York Regional Police is releasing photographs of the accused, who faces 11 charges, as they believe there may be additional victims
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NEWS RELEASE
YORK REGIONAL POLICE 
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Investigators with the York Regional Police Special Victim’s Unit - Sexual Assault Section have laid charges against a 24-year-old man from the City of Markham in connection with sexual offences, child pornography and extortion.

An investigation began in early November 2018, after police received information that the suspect had sexually assaulted a young teenage girl then began extorting her.

On Dec. 11, 2018, the accused was arrested. Further investigation and search warrants revealed that the accused had images of child pornography, voyeuristic videos that appear to have been taken of women inside their homes through the window, as well as a video of a sexual assault against an additional female victim. Additional charges have been laid.

Investigators are releasing images of the accused as they believe there may be additional victims. Anyone with information is asked to come forward.

Brandon MacKinnon, 24, of Markham, has been charged with:

  • Sexual Assault x4
  • Sexual Interference
  • Invitation to Sexual Touching
  • Extortion x2
  • Criminal Harassment
  • Possession of Child Pornography
  • Voyeurism

The accused will be appearing before the Ontario Court of Justice in Newmarket on Jan. 31, 2019.

A sexual assault includes any non-consensual contact of a sexual nature. York Regional Police encourages victims to report incidents of sexual assault, including historical offences. There is no statute of limitations for sexual offences and offenders can be prosecuted well after the date of the offence. York Regional Police understands that while sexual assaults often cause long-lasting trauma, survivors may have difficulty speaking about incidents with friends, family members, or police officers. We want to bring sexual assault cases to a resolution by conducting professional and thorough investigations, while also providing assistance and the resources necessary to support victims during this period of recovery. If you are the survivor of sexual assault, you can report the incident online if:

  • You are not in immediate danger
  • The person who assaulted you is not present
  • There is no evidence present that may be collected by police (blood, semen, saliva, etc.). Evidence can be collected for up to 12 days after the sexual assault has occurred
  • You have access to a private email address, to which the suspect does not have access  

If someone is not ready to report, however is seeking support, please contact York Region Victim Services, the Cedar Centre or the Women’s Support Network. Additional resources and information can also be found on our website.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the York Regional Police Sexual Assault Section at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7071, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-tips, or leave an anonymous tip online.




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