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<p>He is a school social worker, a Big Brother and a former scout leader.The 45-year-old Brampton man is also one of 2,500 people alleged to be involved in an international child pornography ring that allowed...</p>

Brampton man arrested in child pornography ring


He is a school social worker, a Big Brother and a former scout leader.



The 45-year-old Brampton man is also one of 2,500 people alleged to be involved in an international child pornography ring that allowed customers to order tailor-made sex videos of girls, some barely old enough to go to school.



The case, dubbed Operation Koala, began in Australia in 2006 with the discovery of a video of two girls being raped by their father. Twenty-three girls, 9 to 16, have been identified as victims, police said.



Police allege Norman Blain, a social worker with the Peel District School Board, was a customer.



So far, nine arrests have been made in Canada and police have another 50 active cases. Of the 50,000 e-mails under investigation worldwide, 600 are from Canada.



On Jan. 4, Peel police charged Blain with one count of possession of child pornography.



He is currently "assigned to home," said Brian Woodland, a spokesperson for the school board.



His bail conditions include staying away from children under 16 and staying home from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. He returns to court Jan. 24.




















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  • More than 92 European arrests were revealed in November as part of the investigation code-named Operation Koala. The operation involved 30 countries and identified about 2,500 potential suspects, including 98 from Canada.


 
 
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