Newspaper article The Canadian Press

RCMP Officer Found Guilty of Accessing, Possessing Child Pornography

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

RCMP Officer Found Guilty of Accessing, Possessing Child Pornography

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RCMP officer guilty of child porn charges

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SASKATOON - A Saskatchewan RCMP officer has been found guilty of accessing and possessing child pornography.

The verdict against Const. Aiden Pratchett was delivered by a judge in a Saskatoon courtroom on Wednesday morning.

Pratchett's lawyer, Mark Brayford, had argued there could be many reasons for the files on the computer, including viruses.

He also emphasized that Pratchett swore under oath that he never downloaded or possessed child porn.

However, the judge ruled it was unlikely anyone could have remotely placed the images on his computer.

The judge also said evidence proved Pratchett was the only one with access to his computer.

The RCMP suspended Pratchett the day after investigators seized his devices in October 2014 as part of a child porn investigation. …

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