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Duncan man arrested in sweeping child pornography bust

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A Duncan man is among more than 150 suspects identified or arrested in a Canada-wide child pornography investigation.

Five children were removed from harm as a result of Operation Snapshot III, according to an RCMP media release.

The investigation, started in February, was coordinated by the RCMP's National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre, involved more than 40 police agencies and 167 separate investigations by municipal, provincial and federal police services and targeted sex offenders who collect, posses, share, make available, distribute or produce child pornography online.

Hundreds of computers and hard drives, plus nearly two million images and videos were seized.

Sgt. Rob Vermeulen, RCMP E Division spokesman, said in an e-mail to the News Bulletin that two of the five children rescued were in B.C., but the RCMP will not be releasing further information about the children to protect their privacy.

The suspect from Nanaimo, whose name has not been released, faces six recommended charges that include possession or make available child pornography, sexual interference, invitation to sexual touching, sexual exploitation and sexual assault.

Seven other suspects were arrested in B.C., including the man from Duncan.

— Chris Bush, Nanaimo News Bulletin

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