On Oct. 18, Portage la Prairie RCMP received a report that on multiple occasions, a 16-year-old male had been sexually exploited.
Local Mounties initiated an investigation with the assistance of the RCMP Internet Child Exploitation Unit (ICE) and a search warrant was executed on Nov. 5 at the residence of a husband and wife in Lavenham, Manitoba. Portage and Treherne RCMP, as well as the ICE Unit and the RCMP Technical Crime Unit, were involved in the search. Digital devices were seized.
Donna Woodward, 58, was arrested and charged with: Make Child Pornography, Possess Child Pornography, Possess Child Pornography for the Purpose of Publication, Sexual Exploitation by Touch, Sexual Exploitation by Invitation to Touch, Sexual Assault and Bestiality.
Charles Woodward, 60, was arrested and charged with: Make Child Pornography, Possess Child Pornography, Possess Child Pornography for the Purpose of Publication, Sexual Assault and Bestiality
Both suspects are remanded in custody.
The investigation is ongoing, and the RCMP is concerned that there could be more victims. Anyone who is a victim or has any information is asked to call Portage RCMP at 204-857-4445, or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, submit a secure tip online at www.manitobacrimestoppers.com or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to CRIMES (274637).
Submitted by RCMP