RCMP charge Middleton man for child pornography offences

Nova Scotia RCMP News

A Middleton man has been charged with child pornography offences following an investigation by the RCMP Provincial Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Unit. Police say that between Jan. and Oct. 2022, the RCMP's Provincial ICE Unit investigators received information from the National Child Exploitation Crime Centre concerning child pornography being shared on a social media application.

On Jan. 18, 2023, the ICE unit executed a search warrant at a home in Middleton. Police arrested 57-year-old Barrie Gordon Horsfall, of Middleton, at the home without incident.

Horsfall has been charged with possession of child pornography (2 counts) and transmitting child pornography.

Horsfall was released on conditions including that he not enter playgrounds, daycares, schools, swimming pools, or anywhere where a person under the age of 18 years is present, or expected to be present.

Horsfall is scheduled to appear in Annapolis Royal Provincial Court on March 6, 2023, at 9:30 a.m.

RCMP reminds the public that it is mandatory for citizens to report suspected child pornography. "This means that anyone who encounters child pornography material or recordings must report it to the police. Failing to report suspicious activity and materials could result in penalties similar to failure to report child abuse set out in the Child and Family Services Act."

Citizens can report any suspected offences to their local police or by using Canada's National tipline for reporting online sexual exploitation of children at www.cybertip.ca.