updated 11/2/2006 5:54:42 PM ET 2006-11-02T22:54:42

A Canadian man has been charged with child sexual abuse after an undercover officer watched via the Internet as an assault on a young girl took place, Toronto police said on Thursday.

“It was horrible,” Detective Constable Paul Krawczyk, who posed as a pedophile during a lengthy undercover investigation, told a news conference on Thursday.

“At that moment, what I recall is my heart racing out of control, sweating and feeling like ... I was going to throw up,” Krawczyk said from Toronto Police Service’s Child Exploitation Section.

He immediately notified the police, who made the arrest shortly afterwards on Oct. 29 in St. Thomas, Ontario, about 125 miles west of Toronto. The preschool-aged child was reportedly in the man’s house at the time of his arrest.

Police said the child is now with her family and receiving necessary help to recover. No other details were given in order to protect the victim.

A 34-year-old man has been charged with multiple counts of sexual assault and child pornography. He is due to appear in court on Thursday.

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