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Toronto man arrested in child porn investigation

57-year-old James VanderBerg faces a number of charges including making child pornography

Toronto Police say there could be more victims after they arrested a 57-year-old man in a child exploitation case.

James "Jim" VanderBerg was arrested last Wednesday in the Lake Shore Blvd West area after police executed a search warrant.

Police say the investigation started over six months ago after they received a complaint. 

Det Const Scott McQuoid alleges VanderBerg would pose as a teenage girl on social media to reach out to other teenage girls, using various aliases and email addresses. Police are not releasing the number of known victims, but say that they are within Canada and around the world. 

VanderBerg is accused of using the following names online:

- Abigail Davies; abbydavies429@gmail.com
- Danica Pines: danicapines@gmail.com
- Maria Moon: zippym97@gmail.com
- Natasha Z: natashamoo97@gmail.com,
- Jim Victorry: jvictorry@gmail.com
- Ashton Gomes: ashtongomes98@gmail.com

VanderBerg has been charged with five counts of making child pornography, possession of child pornography, accessing child pornography, making available child pornograhy and luring a child under 16 years.

According to his LinkedIn profile, he runs a production company and worked with World Vision Canada for seven years until 2012. His profile also says that he worked as a sports producer for eight years.  

Anyone with information is asked to call Toronto Police.

 

World Vision Canada has released a statement to Newstalk 1010: 

The recent charges that have been laid against Mr. James Vanderberg are very concerning. Mr. Vanderberg was an employee of World Vision Canada from 2006 to 2012 as Manager of Talent Relations.

The protection of children is critical to World Vision Canada. We have in place extensive child protection policies and procedures for all staff, board members, contractors and volunteers. All staff are required to have a criminal record check prior to joining the organization, as well as periodic searches thereafter. We also conduct additional and thorough reference checks. Beyond that, we have in place stringent policies and procedures that stipulate that staff or visitors are never to be alone with a child, along with clear protocols on the protection of photos and images of children.

In light of the charges against Mr. Vanderberg and as mandated by our child protection policies, World Vision Canada will be conducting an internal investigation.

Because the charges are now before the courts, World Vision Canada cannot provide further comment. World Vision Canada will cooperate fully with any police investigation.

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