On August 19, 2015, the RCMP Provincial Internet Child Exploitation Unit, with assistance from the Technological Crime Unit, the Kings County Street Crime Enforcement Unit, and the Kingston RCMP Detachment, executed a search warrant at a home outside Middleton.
Nineteen-year-old Austen Lee Brown was arrested without incident at the residence and subsequently charged with Possession of Child Pornography and Making Available Child Pornography. He was released from police custody on conditions and is scheduled to appear in Halifax Provincial Court on November 2, 2015.
In Nova Scotia it is mandatory for citizens to report suspected child pornography. This means that anyone who encounters child pornography material or recordings must report it to the police. Failing to report suspicious activity and materials could result in penalties similar to failure to report child abuse set out in the Children and Family Services Act. The RCMP encourages citizens to be a voice for children who are victims of sexual exploitation by reporting any suspected offences to your local police or by using Canada’s National tip line for reporting online sexual exploitation of children at www.cybertip.ca.