Torontonians are in shock after a man faces more than 500 child pornography charges.
Court documents allege that 25-year-old Sean Fredman of Toronto amassed more than 17,000 pornographic images on his computers.
“I cannot believe this happened,” neighbor Cole Duntley told CTV News Toronto. “I feel sick to my stomach. I didn’t know he was doing this.”
Duntley said Fredman had been living with his parents in their home across the street.
“They were so angry. They were so angry and they were devastated. I mean, he was their only kid,” Duntley said.
Duntley said his mother reported her son’s inappropriate behavior to the police, but when the investigation into Child Pornography was launched, officers did not consider Fredman as being a danger to children.
“I didn’t want to be angry with my son, you know, you’re going to get angry with your child. But I wanted him to go through so much education because he is going to have to carry this with him,” Duntley’s mother Diana said.
The case is especially alarming to those who had no idea Fredman had children.
“If I had known [he was a pedophile], I definitely would have had my own son [socialized] properly,” neighbor Alanne Howie said.
Howie said she heard her neighbor, a family friend, was having sex with underage girls, “but he’s my next door neighbor. He’s my guy. I trusted him.”
“He was always around us, always latching on to us and then suddenly one day you would have no idea about this [child porn] in his pockets,” she said.
Ziggy Levy is a senior Producer at CTV News Toronto.
The next his show, IGaily, was to be produced by an entire team of children. But unfortunately, along with millions of other people, one of their creators was arrested as a child pornography suspect. “On average, there are three, four people that are putting together a Friday night show, so it makes it a lot harder to do it,” Levy said. The production line for IGaily runs all day, and that means at night when none of them have their computer power, only their children have them. And without IMDb or 4K TVs, what parents learn about IGaily on TV becomes a lot more important. The show isn’t only produced by a staff of children. The children are encouraged to use the same cartoons, with the same themes, the same sets and to do their own voices. “We worked for years building relationships with kids. It’s very very important that you can work with kids and they’re OK,” an Imax employee said. You can watch IGaily live on the internet here.
The Imax employee said production is done 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
While a number of people who work for the show and the crew are parents themselves, there is no specific training or other support provided to these young people.
“We’re kids. We make good work, right? We get out of bed. We’re paying attention, we’re working hard, we’re producing,” an Imax employee said.
You can watch IGaily here.