BC – A Lower Mainland man has been arrested and charged for making and possessing child pornography in a joint investigation between the British Columbia Integrated Child Exploitation Unit (BC ICE) and the Victoria Police Department (Vic PD)
Between June 2018 and January 2019, BC ICE in partnership with Vic PD conducted an investigation into child pornography. Using conventional and non-conventional techniques, a suspect was identified, and two residences associated to the suspect were located, one in Coquitlam, BC and the other in Surrey, BC.
Search warrants were executed at both residences in October 2019.
In October 2020, the BC Prosecution Service approved charges against Christopher Thomas Smith. Smith was charged with one count each of; making or publishing child pornography, importing or distributing child pornography, arranging or agreeing on a sexual offence against a child and personation with intent to gain advantage.
He was arrested on November 27, 2020, and later released with a number of conditions, which include but are not limited to:
Not to be in any contact, communicate directly or indirectly with any person under the age of 16
Not to attend any public park, public swimming area, community centre, or theatre with persons under the age of 16 year or can reasonably expect to be present, or a daycare centre, school ground, or playground
Not to access any computer networks including the internet or access any media sites, social networks, internet discussion forums or chat rooms
Not to enter into or continue any dating relationship, or marriage, or common-law relationship with any persons who has children under the age of 16, or who has care of or access to children under that age
He is expected to appear again in the Port Coquitlam court on December 16, 2020.
“We continue to work with and alongside our provincial policing partners to identify and hold accountable, those in our communities committing crimes against children,” states Inspector Tyler Svendson, of the BC RCMP Behavioural Sciences Group, who oversees BC ICE.
If you have information about Mr. Smith, or similar allegations, we encourage you to contact the police in your jurisdiction to report your concerns.
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