Ev­i­dence is­sues de­lay child pornog­ra­phy case

The Compass - - NEWS - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON ed­i­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

The case of a man from Gull Is­land ac­cused of pos­sess­ing, ac­cess­ing and mak­ing avail­able child pornog­ra­phy is mov­ing slowly through the court sys­tem.

When the case of Kyle Clarke re­turned to provin­cial court in Har­bour Grace last Wed­nes­day, de­fence lawyer Rosellen Sul­li­van told the court she was still wait­ing for some dis­clo­sure. This comes de­spite the fact Clarke was charged over a year ago.

The 29-year-old man was one of nine peo­ple in New­found­land and Labrador ar­rested in June 2013 as part of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion cov­er­ing all of At­lantic Canada. He did not ap­pear in court Wed­nes­day.

Twenty-two ar­rests in to­tal were made. The Royal New­found­land Con­stab­u­lary and RCMP con­trib­uted to the in­ves­ti­ga­tion dubbed Op­er­a­tion Snap­shot II. At the time of the ar­rests, po­lice said the in­ves­ti­ga­tion en­sured the safety of a child liv­ing in the prov­ince.

Clarke’s lawyer has filed two ap­pli­ca­tions with the court. Crown pros­e­cu­tor Dana Sul­li­van told Judge Jac­que­line Brazil she still needs time to dis­cuss some is­sues with po­lice in­volved in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­fore any hear­ings for those ap­pli­ca­tions can take place.

Brazil said she hopes some progress is made with the case by the time it re­turns to court Dec. 3.

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