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Busy week for RCMP Internet Child Exploitation Unit

The RCMP Internet Child Exploitation Unit executed residential search warrants and arrested a Second Peninsula man and Saulnierville man in relation to two separate investigations into child pornography.

On August 23, the ICE Unit executed a search warrant at a home in Second Peninsula.  With assistance from the RCMP Technological Crime Unit, a loaded rifle and a variety of electronic devices including computers, cell phones and hard drives were seized.  As a result, 34-year-old Berkley Dixon Lillis was arrested at the home without incident and charged with Possession of Child Pornography, Accessing Child Pornography and Unsafe Storage of a Firearm.  Lillis was released on conditions and is scheduled to appear at Bridgewater Provincial Court on December 21, 2016.

On August 25, the ICE Unit executed a search warrant at a home in Saulnierville.  With assistance from the RCMP Technological Crime Unit, a variety of electronic devices including computers, cell phones and hard drives were seized.  As a result, 18-year-old Tyler Paul Jeddry was arrested at the home without incident and charged with Distribution of Child Pornography, Accessing Child Pornography and two counts of Possession of Child Pornography. Jeddry was released on conditions and is scheduled to appear in Digby Provincial Court on October 17, 2016.

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 atwww.cybertip.ca.

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Source: Media Release

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