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Hundreds of charges laid in child pornography investigation

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May 19th, 2011, Halifax, Nova Scotia….The Nova Scotia RCMP Internet
Child Exploitation (ICE) Unit today laid more than 250 charges as a
result of a 20 month investigation into the possession, distribution and
making of child pornography.
 
David Carter Roger Archibald, 62, of Ingonish Beach, Cape Breton is
facing 176 counts of Distribution of Child Pornography, and 76 counts of
Making Child Pornography.
 
The RCMP ICE Unit previously charged Archibald with one count of
possession of child pornography in February 2011 as part of this
investigation.  Following today’s additional changes, the total number
of charges is now 253.
 
Through the RCMP’s national and international partnerships, the
investigation started after RCMP received information from the National
Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) in the United States
and the National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre (NCECC) in
Ottawa.
 
In January 2011, the RCMP searched and seized a number of computers and
related equipment. Following a comprehensive and thorough review of
these materials, police retrieved several thousand images of child abuse
and examples of pornographic text.
 
“Each time a photo is viewed or distributed the child in that image
is victimized,” says Cst. Paul Smith, Nova Scotia RCMP Internet Child
Exploitation (ICE) Unit.  “Those engaging in the distribution and
making of child pornography sometimes believe the anonymity of the
Internet means they are safe from apprehension. Fortunately, this is not
the case and police are actively looking for people who are committing
these criminal acts against the most vulnerable in our society, our
children.”
 
Archibald turned himself into Ingonish RCMP Detachment today, Thursday,
May 19th, 2011 and will appear in Sydney Provincial Court at 9:30 a.m.
to enter a plea.
 
The investigation is ongoing which is national and international in
scope, however, no additional charges are expected against Archibald at
this time.
 
The ICE Unit investigates individuals who victimize children by
accessing, making, possessing and/or distributing Child Pornography and
investigates the luring of children over the internet for a sexual
purpose
 
Citizens are encouraged to call RCMP, local police or Crime stoppers
with any knowledge of child abuse or criminal activity occurring in the
community.

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