**** RCMP Media Release
Waycobah man arrested on child pornography charges
The RCMP’s Provincial Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Unit, has charged a Waycobah man for child pornography offences.
On April 5, the RCMP’s ICE Unit along with members of the Inverness/ Richmond Street Crime Enforcement Unit, Port Hawkesbury Detachment, and RCMP Digital Forensic Services searched a home in Waycobah.
Investigators were directed to the residence after a social media application notified law enforcement that child pornography was being shared on their service.
As a result of the investigation, Nicholas Martin, 41, of Waycobah First Nation has been charged with:
- Transmitting Child Pornography
- Possession of Child Pornography
The suspect was released on a number of strict conditions and is scheduled to appear before the courts on June 3, 2020.
During this State of Emergency, children in Nova Scotia may have more unsupervised access to the internet, putting them at greater risk of harm. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to continue monitoring their children’s online activities. Additionally, without typical access to agencies who are required to report these offences, such as teachers, health care professionals and social workers, children may be at greater risk. Anyone with concerns about the health and wellness of a child is encouraged to contact local police.
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.