St. Thomas Police Seeking to Identify Victims of Sexual Offences

On the 27th of May 2021, The St Thomas Police Service arrested 59 year old Eugene Francois at his Talbot Street address for offences including trafficking a person under the age of 18, sexual assault and sexual exploitation in relation to a woman reportedly being trafficked by Francois in 2013 while a minor.

A search warrant was conducted at Francois’s residence seeking evidence of the above offences and a number of devices were seized on the authority of the warrant. This was the largest seizure of computers and devices in the history of the service.

During a year long investigation and analysis of the devices, it was determined that Francois had been filming female victims in his apartment without their knowledge or consent. Francois operated a popular music studio that offered music and recording lessons and a number of female victims had been captured on video- some victims being underage.

At this time an additional 16 charges have been laid in relation to 10 victims that include voyeurism, making child pornography and possession of child pornography.

 

Police have processed thousands of images and have discovered several victims that have yet to be identified.

If you are a female who attended the residence of Eugene Francois between 2009 and May of 2021 the St. Thomas Police urge you to please contact our Criminal Investigation Branch if you have not already.

You may speak directly and confidentially to:

Detective Sergeant Aaron Fraser

519-631-1224 ext #4300

Email afraser@stps.on.ca

 

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