Attempted child predator charged with molesting boys

The alleged Toronto man who allegedly lured three young boys by making sexually explicit comments on a hidden camera has been charged with sexually abusing them.

On Friday, Philip Jones, 40, a Toronto hairdresser, was charged with five counts of sexual assault and one count of making child pornography. Police say that the videos Jones recorded on hidden cameras are further evidence of his crimes.

More charges against Philip Jones, accused of covertly videotaping boys. He is due in court on July 14 #TOSP — TORontorangeer (@torontorangeer) June 8, 2018

Following his arrest last week, Jones was released on bail with the strict condition that he not go near schools, parks, playgrounds or swimming pools.

Just after midnight on June 4, Toronto police received a report from a 43-year-old man who said that he was sexually assaulted by a stranger who had offered to make him a video. The man was then advised to go to a child-care center, where he recognized the suspect.

Hours later, police arrested Jones at a home he shared with his mother on Belrose Avenue in the Annex neighborhood. He has been held in custody.

The investigation into the case was led by the Ontario Child Exploitation Unit, with the assistance of the Greater Toronto Police and the Royal Ontario Museum.

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