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NWT resident charged in child porn investigation

Herb Mathisen
Northern News Services
Published Friday, March 27, 2009

SOMBA K'E/YELLOWKNIFE - An NWT resident was charged earlier this week with possession of child pornography and making child pornography available to others.

Police said they are not releasing any details on the identity, gender, or even home community of the accused, due to the ongoing investigation.

"The courts have put a sealing order on it and obviously these are technical investigations and it's not appropriate to offer information into the technical aspects of this investigation," said RCMP Sgt. Wayne Norris, who is based in Yellowknife.

The individual was charged and released from custody and has a court date scheduled for September 2009.

The arrest was made after a nation-wide investigation called Project Salvo.

More than 50 people were arrested across the country and now face various charges ranging from sexual assault, sexual interference, and possessing, making and distributing child pornography.

According to police, Project Salvo was the largest investigation into Internet-facilitated child sexual abuse in Canadian history.

Norris said there is currently no reason to be concerned that any children were harmed in the NWT.

"It's important to know, at this time, it is not believed that any children are in danger in the territories," he said.

Norris said the multi-agency investigation - which included the co-operation of 35 different agencies and detachments, including the RCMP's "G" division - has been ongoing for quite some time, although he didn't specify how long.

"The positive is we are out there and we are working with our partners to deal with this type of exploitation," he said.

Norris said parents should monitor and be involved with every part of a child's Internet use.

He also said youth can protect themselves by watching what types of information they give out on the Internet.

"If they suspect something inappropriate is taking place - if someone is asking for photos or personal information - they need to tell their parents or contact and report it," he said.