Jonathan Bettez, right, wearing glasses, arrives in court on Tuesday to be formally charged. (CBC)
A Trois-Rivières, Quebec man questioned by police at the time of nine-year-old Cédrika Provencher's disappearance has been charged today with six counts related to child pornography.
Jonathan Bettez, 36, was arrested at his place of work just before noon Monday as part of an operation led by the Sûreté du Québec's sexual exploitation of children investigative unit.
Around 20 detectives executed three search warrants during the operation, one at the offices of Emballage Bettez, where Bettez works, and two at private residences.
Bettez was charged with accessing child pornography, possessing child pornography, and distributing child pornography.
The charges span the period between Nov. 4, 2009, and Sept. 30, 2013.
Cédrika Provencher disappeared from a park near her home on July 31, 2007.
Police believe she was approached by an adult who asked for help to find a missing dog.
Her remains were found by a hunter in a wooded area near Trois-Rivières in December 2015.
Bettez was questioned by police around the time of Cédrika's disappearance but has never faced charges in the case.
Cédrika's father, Martin Provencher, appeared at Bettez's arraignment Tuesday.
At the start of the hearing, the judge acknowledged the public interest in the case and asked for respect and calm from those in attendance.