Former Pastor Charged with Possessing Child Pornography
In August 2021, the Hamilton Police received a Cybertip from the Canadian Centre for Child Protection in regards to a pastor of a local Baptist Church believed to be in possession of child pornography.
During the course of the investigation search warrants were executed which resulted in computer devices being seized and the data contents being examined. As a result, evidence was collected that resulted in grounds to believe the owner of these devices was in possession of child pornography.
On Wednesday, November 17, 2021, Joshua David Conroy, formerly employed as a Pastor at Elliott Heights Baptist Church was arrested and charged with possession of child pornography.
- Joshua David Conroy
- 46 Years-of-age
- Possession of Child Pornography
The Hamilton Police Service is a member of the Ontario Provincial Strategy to Combat Internet Child Exploitation. This project has been made possible by a grant from the Ministry of the Solicitor General. The Hamilton Police Service Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Unit continues to relentlessly pursue offenders, who are engaged in the online sexual exploitation of children. This work was done to ensure the continued protection of children in our community while holding offenders accountable for offences they commit in said community.
The investigation is ongoing. If you have any information that you believe could assist with these investigations into these crimes you are asked to contact any member of the Internet Exploitation Unit by calling 905-540-5247.
If you have any information in regards to this individual or incident you can provide information anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or by submitting your anonymous tips online at http://www.crimestoppershamilton.com
Cybertip.ca works closely with law enforcement agencies across the country to help protect children from online sexual abuse and exploitation. The tipline is supported by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP), Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), and Criminal Intelligence Service of Canada (CISC). The National Child Exploitation Crime Centre (NCECC), part of the RCMP, works with Cybertip.ca under the Government of Canada’s National Strategy for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation on the Internet to coordinate and support national child sexual exploitation investigations. To date the Canadian Centre has signed protocols with 28 law enforcement services across the country, with the intent of providing law enforcement with resources for the public.