Pictou County RCMP charge man for breaching prohibition order which banned him from accessing internet

Nova Scotia RCMP News

Pictou County District RCMP has charged a man with breaching a prohibition order that stems from convictions in 2021 for sexual offences.

In June and August 2017, Pictou County District RCMP laid charges against Gerald Paul Ward, 50-years-old, in relation to sexual offences against children. Ward was remanded into custody and remained in custody until his convictions for Sexual Interference (2 counts) and Making and Distributing Child Pornography (2 counts) in June 2021. As part of the sentencing, Ward was placed on a lifetime prohibition order, which banned him from accessed the internet or other digital network. In April 2022, Ward was released from custody after having completed his sentence.

On May 9, 2022, Pictou County District RCMP received complaints about the man using the internet contrary to his prohibition order. RCMP officers began investigating the matter.

Gerald Paul Ward, 55, of Pictou, has been charged with Failure to Comply with a Prohibition Order. Ward appeared in Pictou Provincial Court on May 25 and was released by the courts on conditions that include that he not possess any devices capable of accessing the internet, nor can he use the internet directly or indirectly. Ward will return to Pictou Provincial Court on July 6, 2022 at 9:30 a.m.

The investigation is continuing.