Clarke’s Beach man fac­ing child pornog­ra­phy charges

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A po­lice spokesman said Fri­day that a 42-year-old male res­i­dent of Clarke’s Beach who was ar­rested Feb. 28 on al­le­ga­tions he was in pos­ses­sion of child pornog­ra­phy had been on their radar for about a year.

Of­fi­cers with the Trin­ity Con­cep­tion District RCMP, in co-op­er­a­tion with the RCMP’s In­ter­net Child Ex­ploita­tion Unit, which is based in Gan­der, ar­rested the ac­cused out­side his res­i­dence on Thurs­day, just af­ter 5 p.m.

The ac­cused was brought to the at­ten­tion of the RCMP in this province by the Toronto Po­lice Ser­vice as part of an in­ter­na­tional in­ves­ti­ga­tion dubbed Project Spade.

Po­lice sus­pect the man of pur­chas­ing “sus­pi­cious videos” from a busi­ness in Toronto.

The RCMP re­ceived ev­i­dence on the ac­cused in Fe­bru­ary 2012, and it took some time to an­a­lyze the in­for­ma­tion, said a po­lice of­fi­cial.

A com­puter and other ac­ces­sories were seized from his res­i­dence. Th­ese items will be an­a­lyzed by an RCMP tech­no­log­i­cal crime in­ves­ti­ga­tor.

He ap­peared in pro­vin­cial court in Har­bour Grace Fri­day to face one charge of pos­ses­sion of child pornog­ra­phy (videos). He was re­leased on strict con­di­tions, and is sched­ule to make an­other ap­pear­ance on April 12.

While the man’s iden­tity is now a mat­ter of pub­lic record with the court, the RCMP has re­quested that it be withheld be­cause of the po­ten­tial im­pact on his al­leged vic­tims, and also for his own safety.

“This is a very sen­si­tive sub­ject,” said a po­lice spokesman.

The charge was de­scribed by po­lice as “very se­ri­ous,” with a con­vic­tion that could bring a max­i­mum sen­tence of up to five years in prison.

The ac­cused is not con­sid­ered to be a threat to pub­lic safety, say po­lice.

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