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Port Colborne man charged with luring a minor

The joint investigation between Niagara Regional Police and OPP started in April
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In January 2024, Ontario Provincial Police Detectives assigned to the Child Sexual Exploitation Unit began an undercover investigation into the Luring of minors using the Internet.  In April 2024, the Niagara Regional Police Service Internet Child Exploitation Unit and the Ontario Provincial Police Child Sexual Exploitation Unit commenced a joint investigation into a suspect residing in Port Colborne.

On June 10th, 2024, Detectives from Niagara Regional Police Service Internet Child Exploitation Unit and Technological Crime Unit executed a search warrant at a private residence in Port Colborne and seized numerous devices capable of storing electronic data. 

Marc Oliver Marier (33 years of age) was arrested and is now facing the following charges:

  • 1 Count of Luring a Child via Telecommunication to facilitate Sexual Assault
  • 1 Count of Possession of Child Pornography
  • 1 Count of Accessing Child Pornography
  • 1 Count Making Child Pornography Available

Marc Oliver Marier who used the online alias “Atlas Xavier” was held in custody after his arrest and is set to appear for a bail hearing on June 10th, 2024, at the Robert S.K. Welch Courthouse, located at 59 Church Street, in the City of St. Catharines.

Online platforms that allow like-minded users to engage with minors, create, share, and store Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) are prevalent on the Internet.  Offenders who attempt to lure children behind an anonymous account on different platforms can be identified and will be held accountable for their actions.

For more information on how parents and guardians can keep children safe online CLICK HERE

The Niagara Regional Police Service is a member of the Provincial Strategy to Protect Children from Sexual Abuse and Exploitation on the Internet and conducts investigations into Internet Child Exploitation Offences in partnership with Ontario Police Services and International Partners. This investigative initiative has been made possible by a grant from the Ministry of the Solicitor General.

Members of the public who wish to provide information anonymously are encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers of Niagara online or by calling 1-800-222-8477. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards to persons who contact the program with information that leads to an arrest.