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Barrie man, 20, charged with exploiting American child online

Police say local man exploited and threatened victim in exchange for explicit pictures
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A 20-year-old Barrie man faces several charges related to child exploitation following a three-month police investigation. 

The Barrie Police Service Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Unit arrested the suspect on Sunday. He has been charged with luring a child, making child pornography and invitation to sexual touching.

Barrie police say the accused used an online social media website to communicate with the nine-year-old victim living in the United States. In doing so, police say the accused exploited and threatened the victim in exchange for explicit pictures.

The suspect was released on an undertaking with several conditions and a future court date.

Barrie police declined to release the name of the accused. 

Tips on how to stay safe on social media are available on the Barrie police website.

This investigation includes grant funding from the Ministry of the Solicitor General.