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Media Release

Release Date: October 8th, 2020 - 9:36am

Originator: D/Sergeant, Crystal Kelly, Internet Child Exploitation Unit, 905-825-4747 ext 8965

Contact: Detective, Todd Martin, Internet Child Exploitation Unit, 905-465-8983

Location: Oakville


Oakville Montessori School Principal Arrested for Child Pornography Offences

​The Halton Regional Police Service – Internet Child Exploitation Unit (I.C.E.) has arrested a male in relation to a child pornography investigation.

James Robert Thompson (58) of Oakville was arrested on October 7, 2020, and charged with:

  • Possession of Child Pornography (2 counts)
  • Access Child Pornography

Thompson (who goes by the given name of "Robert") is currently employed as the Principal / Headmaster at the Willowglen Montessori School in Oakville.  The above listed charges do not pertain to incidents that occurred at the school.

The accused was held in custody pending a bail hearing.

The Willowglen Montessori School is a privately owned daycare facility operating under licencing and governance by the Ministry of Education.  The Ministry of Education has been notified and will be conducting an investigation in conjunction with the Children's Aid Society.

Anyone who may have any additional information regarding this investigation is asked to contact Det. Todd Martin 905-465-8983 of the Halton Regional Police Service -Internet Child Exploitation Unit (I.C.E.).

Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers "See Something? Hear Something? Know Something?" Contact "Crime Stoppers" at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.

These investigations have been funded and made possible through a grant from the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.

Cybertip.ca is Canada's national tip line for reporting the online sexual exploitation of children. Tips from the public can help protect children from sexual abuse. Canadians are encouraged to report concerns to Cybertip.ca if someone they know may be victimizing children online. For more information on addressing child victimization or to report concerns visit cybertip.ca.​