**** RCMP Media Release
RCMP charge man with sexual interference, child luring and child pornography offences
The RCMP Provincial Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Unit has charged a man with sexual interference, child luring and child pornography offences.
On November 24, 2021, the RCMP ICE Unit, assisted by the RCMP Digital Forensic Services Unit and Annapolis County District RCMP, executed a search warrant at a home in Lawrencetown, Annapolis County.
Investigators were directed to the residence after receiving information from the National Child Exploitation Crime Centre (NCECC) on November 23, 2021. During the course of the investigation, ICE learned that the same suspect was also identified as a person of interest in an unrelated child luring matter which occurred in September, 2021.
David Andrew MacLean, 35, of Annapolis County, was arrested without incident. He has been charged with Sexual Interference, Making Child Pornography, Transmitting Child Pornography and Possession of Child Pornography in relation to this investigation. MacLean was also charged with Luring a Child in relation to the September 2021 investigation. MacLean has been remanded into custody and will appear in Digby Provincial Court on November 29, 2021.
The RCMP is reaching out to the public to offer support and encourage anyone who could be a victim to come forward. Police want victims to know that they can contact them and discuss their incident before making the decision to participate in the court process.
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 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 tipline for reporting online sexual exploitation of children at www.cybertip.ca.