Ea­gles Nest Ranch makes state­ment af­ter for­mer em­ployee ar­rested on child porn al­le­ga­tions

Medicine Hat News - - COMMUNITY - PEGGY REVELL pre­v­ell@medicine­hat­news.com Twit­ter: MHNpre­v­ell

Fol­low­ing the ar­rest of a for­mer em­ployee on child pornog­ra­phy charges, a lo­cal sum­mer camp is­sued a state­ment Wed­nes­day af­firm­ing there’s “no ev­i­dence to sug­gest any of­fences were com­mit­ted against any chil­dren who at­tended camp.”

“It is with grave con­cern, sad­ness and sur­prise that Ea­gles Nest Ranch learned of the ar­rest of Nolan David­son on child pornog­ra­phy charges,” says a press re­lease is­sued by the camp’s board. David­son was em­ployed by Ea­gles Nest Ranch in the sum­mer of 2013, in an or­ga­ni­za­tional role as sum­mer camp di­rec­tor.

Po­lice an­nounced Mon­day that 25-year-old David­son was ar­rested and charged for pos­sess­ing and ac­cess­ing child pornog­ra­phy. The po­lice an­nounce­ment said they have no ev­i­dence to sug­gest of­fences were com­mit­ted by David­son against any chil­dren who at­tended the camp.

ENR places “the high­est pri­or­ity on the safety and wel­fare of our cam­pers and staff,” it also states. Staff and vol­un­teers un­dergo po­lice and vul­ner­a­ble sec­tor checks prior to as­sum­ing re­spon­si­bil­i­ties at camp, and are re­quired to take part in a “Plan to Pro­tect” sem­i­nar, meant to equip staff to rec­og­nize abuse and fol­low pro­ce­dures to “close the gaps in se­cu­rity and elim­i­nate any harm to the vul­ner­a­ble sec­tor.”

The po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­gan in Nov. 2016, when the U.S. Na­tional Center for Miss­ing and Ex­ploited Chil­dren passed on in­for­ma­tion about a so­cial me­dia user up­load­ing child pornog­ra­phy to the Na­tional Child Ex­ploita­tion Co-or­di­na­tion Cen­tre in Ot­tawa, who sub­se­quently re­ferred the case to ALERT's In­ter­net Child Ex­ploita­tion

On Sept. 7, po­lice ex­e­cuted a search war­rant on David­son’s res­i­dence in the Crest­wood neigh­bour­hood and seized a num­ber of elec­tronic de­vices, which will be sent to ICE’s foren­sic ex­am­i­na­tion team.

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