Saint John, New Brunswick – A 69-year-old man from Saint John, N.B., has been sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to charges stemming from an investigation into images of child sexual abuse.
The investigation, led by the New Brunswick RCMP’s Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Unit, began in March, 2021, following information received from the RCMP’s National Child Exploitation Crime Centre.
On July 20, 2021, police executed a search warrant at a home on Ellerdale Drive, in Saint John. Police seized several electronic devices, and a 69-year-old man was arrested at the scene.
On December 16, 2021, Charles Joseph Martin appeared in Saint John Provincial Court and was charged with possession of child pornography. He was released on strict conditions. He subsequently plead guilty to all charges.
On May 24, 2022, Charles Joseph Martin was sentenced to two years in prison, followed by a 20-year probation order and a 10-year firearms prohibition order upon his release.
Charles Joseph Martin is on the National Sex Offender Registry for 20 years, and will be required to submit a DNA sample. Following his release from prison, he will have to abide by conditions set out by the court, including not communicating with anyone under the age of 16, and to not attend any place that someone under the age of 16 is known to be, for a period of 10 years.
The New Brunswick RCMP’s Internet Child Exploitation Unit includes members from the Saint John Police Force and the Kennebecasis Regional Police Force. The RCMP’s Digital Forensics Services Unit and the RCMP National Child Exploitation Crime Centre assisted with the investigation.
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