A 47-year-old St. John’s man has been charged in relation to a child pornography investigation, the RNC and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced today.
On Jan. 30, CBSA officers at the International Mail Centre in Toronto intercepted a package that was found to contain suspected child pornography.
On Tuesday, March 12, members of the RNC Criminal Investigation Division and the CBSA’s Criminal Investigations Division searched a home in St. John’s and arrested the man.
The accused is charged under the Criminal Code of Canada with possession of child pornography and the mailing of obscene material — including a sex doll depicted as a child.
Additional charges of smuggling and possession of prohibited goods contrary to sections 159 and 155 of the Customs Act were laid by CBSA.
The accused was arrested without incident and released to appear in provincial court at a later date.
The charges laid under the Criminal Code are the first to be laid in this province in relation to the item seized — the sex doll.
The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary Child Exploitation Unit is asking anyone who has any information in relation to this incident or any other incident involving child pornography to contact the RNC at 709-729-8000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). You can provide information anonymously on the NL Crime Stoppers website at www.nlcrimestoppers.com.