A 22-year-old Fort Smith man faces child pornography charges following a joint investigation led by the NWT RCMP’s Internet Child Exploitation Unit (ICE).

The man was arrested without incident after members of the department, along with the RCMP’s Major Crime Unit, Fort Smith RCMP and the Saskatchewan Digital Forensics Unit, executed a search warrant, seizing electronic devices on Tuesday, Sept. 17, states a news release issued by police.

Marcus Bourke has been charged with two counts of possessing child pornography and two counts of luring.

Bourke has been released on strict conditions, say RCMP.

He’s due to appear in court on Jan. 20, 2020.

RCMP announced earlier today that a 24-year-old Tulita man had been charged with child pornography offences following a search warrant executed one day prior to the raid at Bourke’s residence.

The two arrests come on the heels of another child pornography investigation in August, which led to charges against a 62-year-old man who had been living in Whati.


Brendan Burke

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