UPDATED: Nine arrested in N.L. child exploitation investigation

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Child in province one of two rescued in Atlantic Canada through Operation Snapshot II

RCMP Insp. Jeff Thompson (left) and RNC Deputy Chief Bill Janes speak to reporters about an investigation targeting online predators of children. — Photo by Rhonda Hayward/The Telegram

An investigation targeting online predators has resulted in the arrest of nine people in Newfoundland and Labrador.

All men, ranging in age from 22 to 55, were arrested as part of Operation Snapshot II. The investigation focused on Atlantic Canada and involved police forces from across the region, including local RCMP officers and the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary.

A total of 22 people from throughout the region were arrested, resulting in a total of 64 charges that are either laid or pending. Two children were rescued as a result of the investigation, including one in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The identities of three of the accused have not been released. They include a 31-year-old from St. John's, a 55-year-old from Gander, and a 34-year-old from Baine Harbour.

Also arrested were Decian Chaisson,  43, of Mainland; Theodore Alexander Lush, 25, of Triton; Richard Moore, 46, of Harbour Breton; Kyle Clarke, 27, of Gull Island; Robert David Butler, 22, of St. John's; and Kenneth Harry Bradbury, 26, of St. John's.

RNC Deputy Chief Bill Janes called the online exploitation of children a borderless crime.

Insp. Jeff Thompson of the RCMP would not speculate on whether the fact nine of the 22 arrests were made in Newfoundland and Labrador indicates there is more of an issue with online child exploitation in the province.

The Canadian Police Centre for Missing and Exploited Children also assisted with the investigation, which has been ongoing since April.

For more on this story, read Thursday's edition of The Telegram.

Information in this story has been edited to include additional details.

Organizations: RCMP, Canadian Police Centre for Missing

Geographic location: St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador.All, Atlantic Canada Gander Baine Harbour.Also Harbour Breton Gull Island Newfoundland and Labrador

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Recent comments

  • Cashin Delaney
    July 02, 2013 - 21:13

    The RCMP allegedly protected diddlers within church & government in the bad old days, now they are after young layabouts who are scavanging porn from limewire? Seems farfetched to me, either way. I was in Ottawa this spring and was asked if I knew Brian Prior from Grand Bank. His story is online, interesting. The enablers are the real cowards in this game. A diddler, a porn viewer is sick, but an enabler, who stands idly by is the worst scum of all. Like the guy who stands by as his buddy smack the face off his woman. Worst of the worst and cowardice in these situations, and in politics/goverance are the ruin of our culture.

  • The Defender
    July 02, 2013 - 12:39

    You people who complain of the justice system should know it is your justice system;these are your judges applying your laws as enacted by your politicians.If you have a complaint about how these matters are handled you can file a legal brief for reform to the criminal justice committee or even get help from your MP.I know if one of these people were of your family/friends or you yourself you would want a vigorous court defence and every consideration given.

  • paul
    July 01, 2013 - 10:19

    child porn is beyond disgusting and anyone downloading or viewing it is also disgusting , but remember, innocent until proven guilty. just because someone is charged does not mean they are guilty, and just because they are found innocent does not mean they 'got away with it'...I just hope the police did their work properly so that the right perps/pervs are nailed, and it sticks.

  • jay
    June 28, 2013 - 10:18

    Clearly these people are not contributing to society, if anything they are a drag in it. Its time for the justice system to start handing down stiffer sentences and think about protecting law abiding citizens rather than from criminals. When criminals who are a danger to society get weak sentences it doesn't deter them from becoming repeat offenders, especially if the crime they are involved in deals with making money, whether it be from distributing child porn, drugs, gun running, etc.

  • Ryan
    June 26, 2013 - 22:47

    Don't think all these people are predators..I'm sure some of them we're simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Child porn laws are very strict..if someone even downloads a "trapped" pack of movies online..public domain or not..you can still be arrested for that honest mistake..some people get caught up in this and are branded for the rest of their lives based on an honest mistake. Yes, there are sick people out there who do these things..but in some cases...wrongful charges have been laid and lives have been ruined.

    • Nikki
      June 27, 2013 - 10:22

      I completely agree with you and I'm glad some people know this. I am scared my friend's life is going to be ruined for something not being what is was supposed to be. He's such a great guy and It kills me what will happened to him and how it will affect his life. He's not what this is making him out to be. Wrong place wrong time, wrong click of a mouse. He's not a monster. Regardless of everyone here saying they are sick people, some are, this young guy is not!!!

    • Kels
      June 27, 2013 - 10:55

      Seriously? Is it that easy to accidentally download child porn and then distribute it? I don't think so, just based on our download history... Anybody supporting the victimizing of children by downloading the stuff should be penalized. This guy is no exception despite what he might have convinced his friends of... You always here "oh, he seemed so nice and down to Earth," "I can't ever imagine him doing something like that," etc. Well, welcome to reality.

  • RLD
    June 26, 2013 - 21:13

    They may have charged them with the crime now but don't count on the justice system to do the right thing Been thru that Heartbreaking!

  • Strandell, S
    June 26, 2013 - 20:44

    That news so saddens me. I pray for the children and hope they will be able to have a good life after their ordeal. It will take a lot of help to heal them. I weep for those children.

  • Duffy
    June 26, 2013 - 18:17

    The news said that some Judge let them out with a promise to show up later. Maybe sit in jail and if found guilty then 20-30 years in jail like in the States. Here the useless court system will sentence them to a weekend of house arrest.........

  • marilyn
    June 26, 2013 - 17:39

    Anyone who attacks a child in anyway this should be a federal crime . Them maybe they will stop because they will know there are n no slap on the wrist .they will do time in a federal prison.. the one thing in life we should protect is our children .. the courts need to know the most serious crimes that have to stop are crimes against children and seniors ..no free passes no get out off jail cards .to all our judges we need to protect our children . Stop this now . Federal time and they serve all the time.. they are sick people who should not see the light of day again .we need to protect our children .

  • pa,
    June 26, 2013 - 16:23

    Disgusting we should have the death penalty just for sick people like this ....the poor children are troubled for life and these sick excuses for human beings will walk away with next to nothing.

  • Just sayin
    June 26, 2013 - 15:54

    And Eli, whatever happened to the David Day report?

  • Denise
    June 26, 2013 - 15:24

    Totally disgusting, sickening! Good job on catching them, I hope they get what they deserve!

  • andrew
    June 26, 2013 - 15:08

    i know one of the guys and its all about limewire and ares. If your downloading porn and dont watch it or download an abundance of porn ( which is illegal either way i know ) and then those files start seeding to other people regardless of wether or not u actually watched it or just didnt delete it them youll still be charged for chiled exploitation. These peer 2 peer programs are terrible and u never know what your gettin because u cannot preview what you download. Beware of the things you download.

    • Nikki
      June 26, 2013 - 20:17

      Agreed. I lived with and are best friends with one of these guys. Yes it's wrong but he honestly had no intention for it to be child porn. None of it is good but regardless I'm scared for his mishap and himself and I'm glad to see all of his friends sticking by his side through this.

    • Kelse
      June 26, 2013 - 23:02

      What a load of BS! It's easy to download acceptable porn, then not seed it to others. Clever story your friend has there though. I hope he suffers all the consequences he deserves!

  • Eli
    June 26, 2013 - 14:12

    Will there ever be a friggin' end to this perversion! Turns my stomach.

    • AM McC
      June 26, 2013 - 17:03

      there will be no end to the sick ways people strive on....as long as they have the means of selling this perverted material out there! Catch all PERVERTS!!!!! even those that sit there with that innocent look and maybe sitting net to you at work, on public transit, in a grocery store check out...who knows who they are? Sick SICK SICK!!!!! watch for any unusual signs and/or behavior!

  • John
    June 26, 2013 - 13:37

    Pure evil. Good catch.

    June 26, 2013 - 13:27


    • AM McC
      June 26, 2013 - 17:05

      Yes I agree totally! Then they should also be forced into providing information as to whom they are dealing with....who are they supplying!