Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

October 22, 2013 15:04 ET

Military Police Lay Charges Against a Canadian Armed Forces Member for Child Porn-Related Offences

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 22, 2013) - The Canadian Forces National Investigation Service (CFNIS), a unit within the Canadian Forces Military Police, charged a Canadian Armed Forces member with offences related to child pornography on October 22, 2013.

Bombardier Roger Sylvester, a 24-year-old Canadian Armed Forces member at Canadian Forces Base Shilo, Manitoba has been charged with:

  • One count of make available child pornography, in accordance with section 130 of the National Defence Act pursuant to section 163.1(3) of the Criminal Code of Canada;

  • One count of possession of child pornography, in accordance with section 130 of the National Defence Act pursuant to section 163.1(4) of the Criminal Code of Canada;

  • One count of did access child pornography, in accordance with section 130 of the National Defence Act pursuant to section 163.1(4) of the Criminal Code of Canada

  • One count of improper storage of a firearm, in accordance with section 130 of the National Defence Act pursuant to section 86(2) of the Criminal Code of Canada.

The investigation into this incident was conducted by the CFNIS with the cooperation of other law enforcement agencies in Manitoba.

"The possession of child pornography is illegal and unacceptable," said Lieutenant-Colonel Brian Frei, Commanding Officer of the CFNIS. "The Military Police consider this incident to be a serious matter and will thoroughly investigate any allegations of possession or accessing of child pornography related to Canadian Armed Forces members, Department of National Defence employees or defence establishments."

The CFNIS is a unit within the independent Canadian Forces Military Police Group whose mandate is to investigate serious and sensitive matters in relation to Department of National Defence property, Department of National Defence employees and Canadian Armed Forces personnel serving in Canada and around the world.

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