Saanich man among those arrested in Canada-wide child porn bust

More than 1,000 DVDs, hard drives seized from home of Saanich man on June 12

A Saanich man was arrested last week as part of the RCMP’s Operation Snapshot III, which saw five children rescued from harm and more than 150 people arrested or under investigation across the country.

Sgt. Steve Eassie says Saanich police investigators executed a search warrant on June 12, and seized more than 1,000 DVDs, multiple computers and multiple hard drives from a home. One man was arrested and interviewed, and was later released on conditions.

“The investigation is ongoing, but we expect to forward charges of accessing child pornography, possessing child pornography and making child pornography available to other people,” Eassie said.

Operation Snapshot III targeted sex offenders who make and share child sexual exploitation material online, reads a release from the RCMP’s National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre, which co-ordinated the investigation that involved multiple municipal, provincial and federal detachments across Canada.

“For every person arrested and prosecuted, dozens of potential future victims are saved from harm,” said RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson. “Over the past three years, Snapshot has built on the dedication, partnership and collaborative efforts of police agencies, sending a message to would-be abusers that we will not be deterred from protecting children.”

Eassie said he’s not aware of any children from Greater Victoria who were rescued as part of this operation, but said two of the five were from B.C.

The next step, Eassie said, is conducting forensic examinations of the materials seized in the execution of the search warrant. Charges will then be forwarded to Crown counsel.

The individual arrested was released on strict conditions and is scheduled to appear in court in mid-August.

editor@saanichnews.com

 

Just Posted

Son of missing Oak Bay woman asks for continued public support

‘Because she is still out there, somewhere’

Death-penalty decision delayed for alleged cold-case killer

William Talbott is charged here in the 1987 slaying of a young Victoria-area couple

Group pushing to preserve Saanich Hydro land as park

Neighbours petitioning to buy surplus land on Kings Road

View Royal Park sign taken down after glitch redirects to pornographic website

Resident looking to learn more about workout equipment discovered the problem code

Victoria General Hospital reopens operating rooms ahead of schedule after flood damage

Four delivery and four operating rooms were affected by a broken water valve

BC Games: Dance, spoken-word highlights at Opening Ceremony in Cowichan

Hundreds of athletes and thousands of volunteers, coaches, parents and officials

Trump slams Federal Reserve rate hikes

Fed raised benchmark rate for a second time this year in June, and projects two more hikes to come

Okanagan Wildfires: The latest on wildfires and evacuations

A Friday morning look at the major wildfires impact the Okanagan and Similkameen.

UPDATED: 1,500 residents on evacuation alert as Peachland under state of emergency

The Mount Eneas wildfire has forced an evacuation alert of 596 properties

Police to provide update on case against alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur

McArthur worked as a landscaper, allegedly concealed the remains of seven men in planters

Premiers to wrap up 2 days of meetings at New Brunswick seaside resort

Meetings held in the scenic seaside town of St. Andrews on Thursday focused on trade

B.C. city wants pot banned from ALR

Mayor and council are concerned about conversion from growing food to making marijuana

World’s translators push back on forcing Trump interpreter to testify

Democrats had asked translator to testify about Trump’s lengthy conversation with Putin in Helsinki

No decision on B.C. school stabbing suspect’s mental fitness for trial

The BC Review Board could not determine whether Gabriel Klein, 21, is fit to stand trial

Most Read