RCMP charge Tulita man, Fort Smith man with child pornography offences (UPDATE)

An RCMP patrol vehicle. (CKLB file photo.)


Two men, one from the Sahtu community of Tulita, the other from Fort Smith have been charged with child pornography offences.

Police say the two cases are not connected.

According to a news release from the Mounties, back on September 16, Fort Simpson RCMP, with the help of Tulita RCMP and the NT RCMP Internet Child Exploitation Unit (ICE), arrested and charged a 24-year-old man from Tulita.

Police say a search warrant was executed at the suspect’s residence and electronic devices were seized.

The suspect has not been identified by RCMP.

He’s charged with:

  • Sexual Interference
  • Possession of Child Pornography
  • Making Child Pornography

“Due to the size of the community and the nature of the charges, RCMP will not be releasing the name of the suspect to protect the identity of the victim. RCMP do not believe there is any safety risk for the community at this time,” the release states.

Police have not said whether the man is in custody.

The do say the investigation is still ongoing.

Meanwhile, Marcus Bourke, 22, from Fort Smith, has also been charged with child pornography offences.

Police state in a news release that on September 17, the ICE Unit, with the assistance of G Division Major Crime Unit, Fort Smith RCMP and Saskatchewan Digital Forensics Unit, executed a search warrant for electronic devices at a residence.

They add the suspect was arrested on scene without incident.

He has since been released on strict conditions.

Bourke is charged with two counts of luring and two counts possession of child pornography.

He is to appear in court on January 20, 2020.

The NT ICE Unit encourages anybody interested in learning about important topics such as online child exploitation, cyberbullying and internet safety to visit Cybertip.ca and ProtectKidsOnline.ca.

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John McFadden
John has been in the broadcast journalism industry since the 1980s. He has been a reporter in Yellowknife since 2012 and joined CKLB in January of 2018. John covers the crime and court beat as well as reporting on other areas including politics, business, entertainment and sports. He won seven national community newspaper awards while he was a journalist with Northern News Services Limited (NNSL). John worked in Ontario before coming North including stints as a TV sportscaster in Peterborough and senior news writer for CBC and CTV in downtown Toronto.