ONSLOW – A 15-year-old Onslow youth is facing charges of luring a child, distribution of child pornography and possession of child pornography.
The male youth was arrested on April 4 after the Colchester RCMP responded to a call involving a youth from the Onslow area. As a result, the RCMP, General Investigation Section and the Integrated Street Crime Enforcement Unit executed a search warrant on a residence later that night.
“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 the gender, 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.
Cell phones and computer equipment were seized in the search. The youth, who was released on conditions, is scheduled to appear in court on April 14 at 1:30 p.m.
All members of the public are encouraged to report any child sexual exploitation to the local police or online at www.cybertip.ca - Canada’s national tip line for reporting the online sexual exploitation of children.
- with files from Metro Halifax