NEW GLASGOW – The RCMP’s Provincial Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Unit, in a joint investigation with the New Glasgow Police Service, has arrested a New Glasgow man for child pornography offences.
On January 10, the RCMP’s ICE Unit along with members of the New Glasgow Police and the RCMP Technological Crime Unit searched a home in New Glasgow. Investigators were directed to the residence after a social media application alerted law enforcement that child pornography was being shared on their service.
While members were arresting the man, he reached for what appeared to be a handgun under a desk. The suspect was quickly controlled by the police officers. Police were able to safely remove the weapon from him and later determined the firearm was a replica. One police officer and the suspect sustained minor injuries, that did not require medical attention.
Nicholas Linthorne, 20, of New Glasgow has been charged with:
• Transmitting Child Pornography
• Possession of Child Pornography
• Resisting Arrest
• Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose
• Using an imitation firearm while committing the indictable offence of resisting arrest
• Assaulting a Peace Officer with a weapon
He was brought before the court and remanded until his next scheduled appearance on February 5, in Pictou Provincial Court.
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.