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RCMP member charged with child sexual exploitation offences

Edmonton… An RCMP member has been charged with child sexual exploitation offences following an ALERT Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) investigation.

 

Evan Peacock, a constable with the RCMP and stationed at the St. Paul detachment, was arrested on April 25, 2024. The 33-year-old has been charged with two counts each of possessing, distributing, and accessing child pornography.

 

Const. Peacock is a three-year member of the RCMP and has been suspended with pay.

 

ALERT’s investigation began in November 2023 when the suspect allegedly uploaded two videos depicting child sexual exploitation to Snapchat. ALERT was notified via the RCMP’s National Child Exploitation Crime Center.

 

The identity of the suspect was only learned in late April 2024 and ICE investigators acted expeditiously to make an arrest.

 

Evidence was seized from the suspect’s St. Paul, Alta. home following a search warrant operation. A forensic investigation will be conducted on the devices seized by police. The ICE Unit investigation remains ongoing.

 

While the investigation and charges are related to online offences, the nature of the suspect’s employment placed him in a position of trust and authority. ICE is encouraging anyone with information about this case to come forward and contact police. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact local police or Crime Stoppers (1-800-222-TIPS).

 

Peacock was released from custody on a number of court-imposed conditions, to await his next scheduled court appearance on May 23, 2024 in St. Paul, Alta.

 

The province’s of Director of Law Enforcement was notified.

 

ALERT was established and is funded by the Alberta Government and is a compilation of the province’s most sophisticated law enforcement resources committed to tackling serious and organized crime.

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