A 68 year old Castlegar man has been charged with possession of child pornography and making available child pornography after the Castlegar Crime Reduction Unit and Castlegar RCMP Detachment executed a search warrant at the man’s home on Thursday, April 16, 2014.
The man was arrested and later released on several conditions which include not being allowed to possess any electronics that have the capability of accessing the internet, not to have communication with anyone under the age of 16 years old, not to possess any pornographic material by electronic means, and not to have a functioning internet connection inside his home or access the internet anywhere.
The BC-Integrated Child Exploitation Unit (BC-ICE) is responsible for identifying and assisting child victims of sexual abuse, monitoring and prosecuting child pornography distributors and viewers. The BC-ICE unit uses online undercover officers to identify and apprehend those who target children on the internet for a sexual purpose. Local police became aware of the illegal activity of this Castlegar man from information provided from the BC-ICE unit.
This file serves as a reminder that your activities on the Internet are monitored and that you cannot erase your mark.
First appearance is scheduled for May 23, 2014 in Castlegar.
On January 23, 2014, police officers of the Crime Reduction Unit and Trail Detachment GIS Section executed a search warrant for the Possession of Child Pornography at a residence in Trail, BC. Police seized several computers at the residence. The Crime Reduction Unit in partnership with the B.C. Integrated Exploitation (“ICE”) Unit identified a male suspect during an investigation which commenced in the beginning of January 2014. The BC ICE unit is specialized in investigating internet facilitated offences against children.
A 31 year old male was arrested later that day by police and taken into custody. Charges related to Possession of Child Pornography and Possession for the Purpose of Distribution have been forwarded to Crown Counsel for their assessment. The male was released on several conditions including not to have any contact with anyone under the age of 16 years. He will be making his first appearance in Provincial Court on March 6, 2014, in Rossland, BC.
RCMP advise there is no evidence suggesting that any local children were involved in this investigation. Please be aware that no further information pertaining to this investigation will be able to be provided at this time.
The BC ICE unit encourages anyone with information about online child exploitation to help protect children by reporting their concerns to Cybertip.ca.
Cybertip.ca‘s mandate is to protect children from online exploitation by receiving and analysing tips from the public about illegal material and activities regarding the online exploitation of children. Any leads are then referred to the appropriate law enforcement agency and/or child welfare agency. Cybertip.ca also provides the public with information and other resources such as support and referral services to keep families safe while using the Internet.