Winnipeg, Manitoba – On October 17, 2016 the National Centre for Child Protection was alerted to the fact that images of child sexual abuse had been uploaded to an IP address in Winnipeg.
The Winnipeg Police Service Internet Child Exploitation Unit was alerted and entered into an investigation. Police were able to locate the computer through the IP address, identify the user and seize the computer in question.
On October 6, 2016 a search warrant was executed for the contents of the computer. As a result, hundreds of images of Child Pornography were retrieved. The majority of these images involved girls between 2 – 13 years of age.
On November 15, 2016, Joseph Higgins, 31-years-old, of Winnipeg was arrested and charged with the following offences:
– Possession of Child Pornography
– Make Available Child Pornography
He was remanded into custody.
Winnipeg Police Service
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