Volunteer basketball coach charged with 30 additional child pornography offences; RCMP continues to identify victims

Riverview, New Brunswick – A 32-year-old Riverview, N.B., man is facing 30 additional charges in connection with an ongoing investigation into sexual images of minors online, and police continue their investigation to identify potential victims.

Shawn Curtis Nickerson appeared by video conference in Moncton Provincial Court on November 3, 2020, and was charged with the following offences:

making child pornography (eight counts)

making available child pornography (three counts)

possession of child pornography (eight counts)

making visual recordings of individuals with reasonable expectation of privacy (eight counts)

publishing intimate images (three counts)

Volunteer basketball coach charged with 30 additional child pornography offences
Volunteer basketball coach charged with 30 additional child pornography offences

A previous charge of one count of making child pornography was vacated.

The charges stem from incidents alleged to have occurred on various dates between June 2016 and October 2020, involving several identified victims as well as unknown victims, while Shawn Nickerson served as a volunteer basketball coach in the province.

“We know that this individual worked as a coach for various age groups over a number of years, both within and outside of the school system,” says Cst. Hans Ouellette of the New Brunswick RCMP. “To date, we have identified several New Brunswick victims, and actively continue to investigate to identify other potential victims.”

A court-imposed publication ban is in place to protect the identities of the victims, as well as any information that could potentially identify them.

Shawn Nickerson was remanded into custody and is scheduled to return to court on November 9 at 1:30 p.m. for a bail hearing.

New Brunswick RCMP

Previous Release: (A previous charge of one count of making child pornography was vacated)

A 32-year-old Riverview, N.B., man has been arrested and charged with making child pornography in connection with an ongoing investigation into online sexual images.

The New Brunswick RCMP’s Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Unit began investigating in August 2020, as a result of information received from the RCMP’s National Child Exploitation Crime Centre (NCECC).

On October 25, shortly after 9:30 a.m., members of the ICE Unit, along with members of the Codiac Regional RCMP and the RCMP’s Digital Forensic Services, executed a search warrant at a home on Aberdeen Drive in Riverview.

During the search, police seized a variety of electronic devices. A 32-year-old man was arrested at the scene and held in custody.

On October 26, Shawn Curtis Nickerson appeared in Moncton Provincial Court and was charged with making child pornography. The charge stems from incidents alleged to have occurred between December 2018 and January 2020, while he served as a volunteer basketball coach.

Shawn Nickerson was remanded into custody and is scheduled to return to court on October 28 at 2:15 p.m. for a bail hearing.

The Internet Child Exploitation Unit, led by the New Brunswick RCMP, includes members of the Saint John and Kennebecasis Regional Police Forces.

The investigation is ongoing.

New Brunswick RCMP

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