October 26, 2021
Lower Truro, Nova Scotia
The RCMP Provincial Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Unit has charged a man with child luring and child pornography offences.
On October 20, the RCMP ICE Unit, assisted by the RCMP Digital Forensic Services Unit and Colchester County District RCMP, executed a search warrant at a home in Lower Truro. Investigators were directed to the residence after receiving information from the National Child Exploitation Crime Centre (NCECC) in June, 2021.
Charles McLeod, 38, of Lower Truro, was arrested at the home without incident. He has been charged with Luring a Child and Making Sexually Explicit Material Available to a Child. McLeod was released on a number of strict conditions and will appear in Truro Provincial Court on January 12, 2022.
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.
File #: 2021-813057