A New Westminster man has been arrested and charged in connection with a child sex abuse investigation that began earlier this summer.
In a release, the New Westminster Police Department (NWPD) said its Major Crimes Unit investigated six separate reports relating to the possession and distribution of images depicting child sexual abuse, between August 14 and September 19.
Police said detectives used a number of different techniques that identified three locations in New Westminster where images of child sexual abuse were being stored.
Over the course of the lengthy investigation, nine different warrants were executed and three different homes were searched.
Computers, tablets, cell phones, modems, external hard drives, USB flash drives, routers, and other electronic storage devices were seized and are being forensically analyzed for their content.
“Often times offenders think that viewing these images is victimless, but the sad truth is that these are images and videos of real children being sexually abused,” said NWPD Sgt. Jeff Scott. “Our Major Crime Unit has devoted countless hours investigating these crimes, which we take very seriously.”
Police said charges are being recommended to Crown Counsel.
In light of this incident, NWPD are asking anyone “with information of people in possession of videos or images depicting child sexual abuse” to contact their local police.