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

Haley Ryan jhoegg@kingscountynews.ca
Published on April 7, 2014
RCMP

METRO HALIFAX

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.