The Nova Scotia RCMP Provincial Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Unit has charged a man with possessing and transmitting child pornography.
On May 3, 2022, the NS RCMP ICE Unit, assisted by the RCMP Digital Forensic Services Unit and Kings District RCMP, executed a search warrant at a home in Berwick. Between January and April 2022 investigators were able to download a significant amount of child sexual abuse material from an individual sharing suspected images and videos online. A 45-year-old man was safely arrested at the home.
Matthew Leadbeater, 45, of Berwick, has been charged with the following:
- Possession of Child Pornography (2 counts);
- Transmitting Child Pornography.
Leadbeater was released on conditions and will appear in Kentville Provincial Court on June 21, 2022 at 9:30 a.m.
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 #: 2022-109834