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Gerry Hawes, a long-time local Liberal Party insider who ran in Simcoe North for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's team in the last election, is now facing charges of child pornography.
"It's quite shocking for the community, I'm sure," said Sgt. Jason Folz, who leads communications for the OPP's Central Region.
He added that members of the OPP's Child Exploitation Unit, Digital Forensic Unit, and Orillia OPP Detachment Crime Unit both arrested and charged Hawes after a 4-month investigation into the possession of material comprised of child sexual abuse, according to Midland Today.
The police executed a search warrant on May 5 at a residence in Orillia. By June 11, Hawes was arrested and charged.
Hawes, 58, is being charged with both possession and accessing child pornography.
The accused is set to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Orillia on August 25.