RCMP charge Shelburne County man with child pornography offences

Published on September 10, 2014
RCMP have charged an East Green Harbour man with child pornography offences.

A Shelburne County man, accused of using unsecured WiFi networks to obtain child pornography, has been arrested and charged by RCMP.

Charles Cecil Slate, 44, of East Green Harbour was arrested Tuesday morning, Sept. 9 by the provincial RCMP Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Unit for child pornography offences.

There is concern about his safety. He has not been seen since Tuesday night and RCMP are asking for anyone with information on his whereabouts to contact them.

Slate has been charged with Possession of Child Pornography, Accessing Child Pornography, Making Available Child Pornography and Unsafe Storage of a Firearm. 

The arrest came after the Provincial ICE and Tech Crime Units, with assistance from the Shelburne County Street Crime Enforcement Unit, executed a search warrant in East Green Harbour and seized three computers, four external hard drives, and ten firearms.

Police allege that Slate used unsecured WiFi networks in the Shelburne area to obtain child pornography via file sharing networks. 

As a result, RCMP are reminding Internet users to secure their wireless networks to prevent them from being used for malicious purposes.

Slate has been released from custody and will be appearing in court on March 11 in Yarmouth Provincial Court. RCMP say the investigation is continuing.