A man and woman have been arrested after allegedly sexually and physically assaulting dozens of men, women, and children over the course of a decade and uploading footage of some of the crimes on the internet, according to Toronto police.
The investigation into the pair began in January 2020, according to a news release from Toronto police. It was undertaken in collaboration with officers from 55 Division and members of the Child & Youth Advocacy Centre’s Child Exploitation Section.
According to police, the assaults occurred in the areas of Danforth Avenue and Dawes Road, as well as Danforth Road and Eglinton Avenue, over the past 17 years.
Police said many of the assaults were recorded and uploaded online.
The two accused, who have been identified by police as 37-year-old Toronto resident Martin “Mark” Wettlaufer and 42-year-old Kathleen Wardlaw, also of Toronto, have now been arrested.
Police said to date, charges have been laid in relation to 41 victims and investigators are still trying to identify a number of others who they believe were assaulted.
“Anyone who believes they were victimized or has information about the accused is asked to contact police by calling 416-808-7521,” police said in the news release.
“The Toronto Police Service also respects the right of sexual assault survivors not to report incidents to police. Information about the investigative process or community/healthcare support services can be found by visiting YourChoice.TO.”