Thunder Bay Police Lay Child Pornography Charges

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THUNDER BAY – CRIME – The Thunder Bay Police report, “The Cyber Crime Unit of the Thunder Bay Police Service has laid a Possession of Child Pornography charge against a forty-six-year old Thunder Bay man.

The Cyber Crime Unit had begun an investigation into the accessing of child pornography on the Internet in December 2015 by the accused.  On January 27, 2016 the Cyber Crime Unit, with the assistance of the TBPS Emergency Task Unit, executed a search warrant at the man’s Mapleward Road residence.  Computers and electronic devices were seized.  A forty-six-year old man was arrested at the scene.  The investigation is continuing.

Mark Anthony Maltais, who is also a Sergeant with the Ontario Provincial Police, was held in custody for a court appearance today.  Maltais has been charged with Possession of Child Pornography 163.1(4) C.C.  He has been released with a court date of March 4, 2016.

Criminal Code Section 163

163.1 (1) In this section, “child pornography” means

(a) a photographic, film, video or other visual representation, whether or not it was made by electronic or mechanical means,

(i) that shows a person who is or is depicted as being under the age of eighteen years and is engaged in or is depicted as engaged in explicit sexual activity, or
(ii) the dominant characteristic of which is the depiction, for a sexual purpose, of a sexual organ or the anal region of a person under the age of eighteen years; or
(b) any written material or visual representation that advocates or counsels sexual activity with a person under the age of eighteen years that would be an offence under this Act.

(2) Every person who makes, prints, publishes or possesses for the purpose of publication any child pornography is guilty of

(a) an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding ten years; or
(b) an offence punishable on summary conviction.

(3) Every person who imports, distributes, sells or possesses for the purpose of distribution or sale any child pornography is guilty of

(a) an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding ten years; or
(b) an offence punishable on summary conviction.

(4) Every person who possesses any child pornography is guilty of

(a) an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years; or
(b) an offence punishable on summary conviction.

(5) It is not a defence to a charge under subsection (2) in respect of a visual representation that the accused believed that a person shown in the representation that is alleged to constitute child pornography was or was depicted as being eighteen years of age or more unless the accused took all reasonable steps to ascertain the age of that person and took all reasonable steps to ensure that, where the person was eighteen years of age or more, the representation did not depict that person as being under the age of eighteen years.

(6) Where the accused is charged with an offence under subsection (2), (3), or (4), the court shall find the accused not guilty if the representation or written material that is alleged to constitute child pornography has artistic merit or an educational, scientific or medical purpose.

(7) Subsections 163(3) to (5) apply, with such modifications as the circumstances require, with respect to an offence under subsection (2), (3) or (4). [1993, c.46, s.2.]

 

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