On Jan.11, David Thomas Pearson of Winnipeg was sentenced to 14 years in prison, after pleading guilty to seven charges; five counts of Child Luring, Possess Child Pornography and Failing to Comply with a Prohibition Order.
The investigation led by the Manitoba RCMP Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) unit, began in 2019, when RCMP were notified that David Pearson had violated his parole by possessing a smart phone. The phone was analyzed and revealed that David Pearson had been luring young people.
David Pearson posed as a teenage male, communicated online with girls from the U.S. and Canada, and requested that they send nude images and videos of themselves. The girls ranged in age from 11-15-years-old.
On January 1, 2020, David Pearson was arrested and charged with numerous offences including, Possess Child Pornography, Failing to Comply with Probation Order x2, Make Sexually Explicit Material Available to a Minor x4 and Child Luring x18.
Pearson also received a lifetime Prohibition Order preventing him from having contact with persons under the age of 16 as well accessing the internet or computers.
“Our unit is committed to combatting online exploitation of children and we work extremely hard to ensure the people we arrest are held accountable for their actions,” said Constable Gord Olson from the Manitoba RCMP Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Unit.
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