Nova Scotia RCMP: Multiple victims in child exploitation case, 15-year-old boy facing charges

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A 15-year-old boy is facing charges of luring a child and distributing and possessing child pornography after RCMP seized computer equipment and cell phones from a home near Truro.

Colchester District RCMP say they received a call from the public Friday and officers seized electronics believed to have evidence from a home in central Onslow. The 15-year-old was arrested at the scene.

“We don’t believe this is an accidental thing where a mistake was made,” said Cpl. Addie MacCallum.

“We believe this was a deliberate act.”

He wouldn’t release any details on the victims, including their genders, but said there are “more than one” between 12 and 18 years old who are from Nova Scotia.

MacCallum said police are in the early stages of their investigation, and more charges such as the production of child porn could be laid.

“It’s a very delicate situation because we are still looking at what we have for evidence, who else could possibly be involved in this, if there is other victims or witnesses, or accused,” MacCallum said.

This type of incident where a teen faces child porn offences is “not a common thing,” MacCallum said, but he has noticed an increase over the last few years due to social media making these cases more prevalent.

“You’re dealing with a very vulnerable segment of the population. They’re highly at risk to being exploited,” MacCallum said.

The teen has been released to the custody of his parents on conditions, and is due in Truro youth court April 14.

 

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Truro, Onslow, Nova Scotia

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  • William
    April 09, 2014 - 17:00

    This is a message about the recent news story involving a 15 year old boy from Nova Scotia. I have absolutely no involvement in any of this, but I NEED to comment about it to someone that will listen who is handling this. When I was a confused and gay teenager, the same age as this boy, I explored around the internet on teen chatrooms and other places to test the waters. It wasn't that long after that I discovered men on these teen rooms who call themselves 'boylovers'. It is sort of in between a pedophile and a gay man. Sort of stuck at puberty. I see it now as a type of arrested development. Anyways, because I was gay and a teenager, my interest was more towards teenage boys. I expressed this interest when discussing things like pornography online to this man that befriended me and he then obtained my email address and, without prior warning, sent me loads of explicit child porn. It completely derailed my normal development of being gay and sent me down this dark underworld of 'boylove' and pornography. And I know for an absolute fact that it has been happening to boys online ever since the 1990s, which is when it happened to me. Now I have already gone through the therapy and gotten this situation taken care of, but it totally devastated my life because it was not something I was able to talk about until much later. So it is important for you to know that this 15 year old boy in question was probably HIMSELF lured by men online. There is no way he would have come up with that on his own. He has most likely been networking and is himself a victim. Please take that into consideration. Thank you!