In early March of 2022, members of the Niagara Regional Police Service Internet Child Exploitation Unit (ICE Unit) began an investigation into online luring of persons under 18 years of age.
As a result of the investigation, on March 15, 2022, detectives arrested and charged Charles Zarb (51-years-old) of Niagara Falls. Zarb is charged with the offences of:
Luring a Child contrary to section 172.1(1)(b) of the Criminal Code Failing to Comply with Probation Order contrary to section 733.1(1) of the Criminal Code
Zarb has been held in custody to attend a video bail hearing on March 16, 2022, at the Robert S. K. Welch Courthouse in St. Catharines.
Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact detectives at 905-688-4111, extension 1022200.
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 numerous Ontario Police Services. This investigative initiative has been made possible by a grant from the Ministry of the Solicitor General.
Members of the public can report suspicious internet activities relating to child exploitation to the Niagara Regional Police Service, or online at www.cybertip.ca Internet safety tips for parents, children and internet users are also available on the Cybertip website. Members of the public can also report crimes anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.