A Surrey man been charged with child pornography offences following a 16-month long investigation led by BC ICE.
In November 2018, the British Columbia Integrated Child Exploitation (BC ICE) Unit received information from the National Child Exploitation Crime Centre (NCECC) regarding a joint investigation by the Boone Police Department and U. S. Homeland Security Investigations(HSI). The investigation uncovered a social media group chat, where several individuals shared and posted Child Pornography materials, one of whom was believed to reside in BC.
BC ICE immediately launched an investigation, confirmed that the BC suspect resided in Surrey and in April 2019, executed a Search Warrant at a Surrey residence.
BC ICE completed a thorough and complete investigation, the totality of which, including results of Search Warrant, were submitted to the BC Prosecution Service for consideration of appropriate charges.
On April 2, 2020, 30-year-old Joel Daigle of Surrey, BC was officially charged with, one count each of accessing child pornography and distributing child pornography and two counts of possessing child pornography. Investigators do not believe any of the victims are local.
Daigle was arrested without incident on April 14, 2020, and has since been released from custody with strict conditions which include but are not limited to:
- Not to be alone in the company of anyone under the age of 16
- Not to attend any public park, public swimming area, community centre or theatre where persons on the under age of 16 are present or can reasonably be expected to be present, or a daycare, school ground or playground
- Not to access any computer network including the internet to access any social media sites, social networks, internet forums or chat rooms.
- Not to maintain a social media profile.
He is expected to appear in Surrey Provincial court on July 23, 2020.
If anyone has any information regarding this or any other case involving online Child Sexual Exploitation, we encourage them to contact the police of their jurisdiction to report their concerns. states Sgt. Robyn Waldron of BC ICE.
Given that it is now before the courts; we cannot provide any further specifics with respect to this investigation.
Media enquiries can be directed to 778-290-2929.
- Cpl. Sharen Leung