Nanaimo man arrested
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A 29-year-old Nanaimo man has been charged with multiple counts of child pornography following a lengthy investigation which began in mid-2018, according to police.

On February 27th, Nanaimo RCMP officers arrested 29-year-old Tori Bruce Schild at his residence for the possession, downloading and distribution of child pornography.

The investigation first began in May of 2018 after the British Columbia Integrated Child Exploitation Unit provided RCMP with information.

A search warrant was executed on the Schild’s home in September 2018 which led to the discovery of several items that were seized by police. That evidence was used to support the subsequent charges laid against him.

Following his arrest, Schild appeared in Nanaimo provincial court the same day. He was released on conditions and his next court appearance has been set for Tuesday, March 10th.

“Our officers are dedicated and extremely knowledgeable in the techniques and software used by offenders who attempt to mask their online identities. The message is clear- there is nowhere to hide, and if you are involved in these activities, the next knock on your door, could be from the police,” said Const. Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

There were no local victims identified during the investigation.