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“Santa Shawn” charged with making child pornography


DURHAM – An Oshawa man known to kids in Toronto malls as ‘Santa Shawn’ has been charged with producing and distributing child pornography.

Shawn Chiasson, 37, of King Street East in Oshawa was arrested on Wednesday at the end of a combined undercover internet investigation begun in November 2010 by the Durham Regional Police Internet Child Exploitation Unit, the Toronto Police Service and the O.P.P.’s Behavioural Sciences Section.

Police seized several computer hard drives at his home containing a large collection of child pornography materials.

Chiasson operates the Kids Matter Family Day Care on King Street East in Oshawa and six months earlier, he operated a similar business on Thorogood Street in Ajax before moving to Oshawa in November 2010.

An initial scan of the seized pornographic materials did not indicate he was abusing children under his care, cops said.

Chiasson also worked as a Santa Claus by the name Santa Shawn in various malls across the Greater Toronto Area. These included Promenade Mall, Fairview Mall, Hillcrest Mall, Centrepoint Mall, East York Mall, and Sharkey’s Cuts for Kids hair salons.

Chiasson is currently in custody awaiting a bail hearing.

The investigation is ongoing and the hard drives are being examined to determine if victims can be identified.

Detectives request anyone with previous contact with the accused to contact Det. Randy Norton of the Major Crime SAU/ Child Exploitation Section at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 5363.

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.


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Yehonathan Tommer Posted by on Sep 22 2011. Filed under Canada, Community, More News, Top Stories. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

1 Comment for ““Santa Shawn” charged with making child pornography”

  1. I told you there is a threat to children License adult children entertainers with criminal background check How many cases have to occur before this law is passed ?
    2 convictions within a year Santa Claus Daniel Gyselinck in Barrie worked as Santa Claus Convicted July 2010 of 90,000 child porno graphic images + over 1200 video clips
    Randy Miller aka Honker the clown worked around 17 years as a clown and balloon twister He convicted June 2011 60,000 child porno graphic images and sexual assault of a minor
    NOTICE – Daniel Gyselinck was released on parole in April ( I do not have confirmation from ministry but from family relative ) Could he be planning to dress up as a Santa Claus even with restriction to not own a Santa suit ?
    WE NEED LICENSES with criminal background checks
    More info at http://www.SurvivorsSpeakOut.com
    KEEP KIDS SAFE

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