A Hatchet Lake man is facing child pornography charges after an investigation by the integrated Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Unit.
On April 8 the ICE and VICE units of the integrated Special Enforcement Section, with assistance from the Halifax Police Digital Forensic Unit, executed a search warrant at a home in Hatchet Lake. As a result, 32-year-old Benjamin Robert Boucher was arrested at the residence without incident and has been charged with Accessing Child Pornography and Possession of Child Pornography. He was released from custody on conditions and is scheduled to appear in Halifax Provincial Court on May 30, 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 police. Failing to report suspicious activity and materials could result in penalties similar to failure to report child abuse set out in the Child 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.
Source: Media Release