Massive child porn bust in Atlantic Canada

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QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:16 PM ET

DARTMOUTH, N.S. — Police have arrested 22 people and rescued two children in a massive bust of suspected child predators that reached across Atlantic Canada.

At a news conference in Dartmouth, N.S., Wednesday, police said they seized 43 computers and millions of child porn images in Operation Snapshot 2, which targeted "high-risk offenders who collect, possess and/or distribute child sexual exploitation material online."

"These are not images of a 16-year-old standing topless at a swimming pool, these are images of children being raped, some are in diapers, this is the worst of the worst," Det. Const. Chris Purchas of the Toronto Police said.

A total of 64 charges have been laid or are pending, including, among others, making child pornography and voyeurism.

Police said one of the suspects is a registered sex offender and another worked with children. The suspects range in age from their 20s to 60s.

The investigation involved RCMP and local police in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, P.E.I. and Newfoundland and Labrador.

Newfoundland and Labrador police released details of the nine arrests made there. Others were withheld to protect the identity of alleged victims.

Charged are: Decian Chaisson, 43, of Mainland; Theodore Alexander Lush, 25, of Triton; Richard Moore, 46, of Harbour Breton; Kyle Clarke, 27, of Gull Island; Robert David Butler, 22, of St. John's; Kenneth Harry Bradbury, 26, of St. John's; a 31-year-old man from St. John's; a 55-year-old man from Gander; and a 34-year-old man from Baine Harbour.

--With files from Kris Sims


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