Saskatchewan’s Internet Child Exploitation Unit (ICE) says it’s entirely coincidental two men in Meadow Lake have been charged in separate cases involving child pornography in a matter of days.
The unit laid charges against a 23-year-old man after a search was done of a home last Thursday.
Staff Sgt. Scott Lambie, provincial coordinator with ICE, says in that case, the first victim came forward in August 2015.
“We got more information in February and that caused us to get to that residence and do that search there.”
There were two victims under the age of 14. One was a child in Colorado who went to police there, with the case eventually making its way to Meadow Lake. Staff Sgt. Lambie says the other victim is a distant relative of the accused man.
While in Meadow Lake for the search, the ICE unit was able to discuss a new case with the local detachment after a 14-year-old victim had come forward on Tuesday, April 5.
“We were able to lend assistance to the detachment on the second investigation,” Staff Sgt. Lambie said.
“That, I’m sure, helped them to finalize the investigation.”
A total of three victims were identified in the second case. A 37-year-old man faces eight charges.
The 37-year-old isn’t a family relative of any of the victims. However, Staff Sgt. Lambie said due to a community relationship the 37-year-old had with one of the victims, he isn’t being identified.