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RCMP have arrested two men in Campbell River for allegedly possessing child pornography.

In late March 2019, the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children were able to detect suspected child pornography on Vancouver Island.

Soon after, the BC Integrated Child Exploitation Unit determined that the IP addresses attached to these images were in the Campbell River area, and passed on that information to the corresponding RCMP detachment.

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Through the course of their investigation, Campbell River RCMP obtained a search warrant for a local residence and executed that warrant on May 9th.

Once at the property, they were able to seize several digital devices and upon examination of these devices, obtained enough evidence to charge the residents with possession of child pornography contrary to Section 163.1(4) of the Criminal Code.

On August 23rd, officers arrested two men, aged 22 and 49, and brought them to court after which they were released with strict conditions.

β€œWhen we are alerted to these types of investigations in our area by our Provincial and National child exploitation unit partners it reminds us that the internet provides the opportunity for these types of crime to occur in any town at any time, even here in Campbell River,” said Sgt Dave Johnson in a statement.

“Holding people accountable for these types of actions requires a determined investigation that takes time and commitment to conduct thoroughly, time and a commitment that we are willing to give.”

The two suspects are next expected to appear in court on September 9th.