Elementary school teacher suspected of producing child pornography
DURHAM – A 38-year-old elementary school teacher in the Durham region was arrested last week on suspicion of involvement in a series of child pornography offenses.
Officers seized several computers and computer-related equipment housing images of children in sexual acts from the home of Stephen Martin on Magnolia Avenue in Oshawa and have detained the suspect for a bail hearing.
Martin is alleged to have posed as a female and invited young males to use a webcam and email to his home photographs of their exposed genitals or other sexually explicit images that he used in producing child pornography.
The suspect managed a Facebook page under the assumed name Ashley Mtthws and Hotmail accounts under the names Ashley M or Ashley Matthews.
Martin is also suspected of using a range of email addresses including Ashley.m3; Ashley_m69, tori.the.tiger; mmmyummycandy; killercows2005; jessica.m99; ashley.mmm; ashley.m4; ash.needs.a.name; amanda.loves.abercrombie; alix.bieber; and a.s.h.l.e.y.m
Martin taught in several public elementary school between 1999 and 2011: His last teaching position was at the Dr. CF Cannon Public School.
He also taught at the Norman Powers Public School (2009-2010); Sir William Stephenson Public School (2004-2009) William Dunbar Public School (2000-2004); Sir John A McDonald, (1999-2000) and Cadarackque Public School (1999).
There were no indications that he approached children in these schools in which he taught.
The investigation is ongoing and cops request parents and caregivers of students who previously attended these listed schools or who are currently students at these schools to discuss this matter with their children and report any suspicious criminal activity PS, Waterloo Regional PS, Windsor PS and the York Regional PS.
Persons with information relevant to the investigation should contact the Major Crime SAU/ Child Exploitation Section at 1-888-579-1520: D/Cst. Brian Vickers (ext. 5349), D/Sgt. Kevin Morash (ext. 5342), Det. Randy Norton (ext. 5363) or Det. Michelle Hoard (ext. 5343).
Anonymous tips can be made to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at www.durhamregionalcrimestoppers.ca and tipsters may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.