Halifax police have laid sexual assault and child pornography charges against a 66-year-old Bayside man. 

Michael Kevin Stanhope was arrested without incident at his home on Fader Drive in Bayside early Wednesday morning. 

Police searched his home and his business, Hairdressers Market on Hollis Street in downtown Halifax.

Police say the search of the business uncovered images that police believe constitute child pornography. 

"We would allege that he was involved in the production of these images that were seized as a result of electronic devices that were seized during the search of the business in Halifax," Const. Brian Palmeter said. 

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Police searched Michael Kevin Stanhope's home and his business, Hairdressers Market on Hollis Street in downtown Halifax. (CBC)

"So certainly we believe that he was responsible for making those images."

Palmeter says police uncovered two guns at Stanhope's residence. 

"We also seized, during the search in Bayside, two long-barrelled firearms that were improperly secured, so he's also facing some weapons-related charges."

Stanhope made a brief appearance in Nova Scotia provincial court in Halifax Thursday morning. 

The Crown opposed his release, so he was remanded in custody until his next court appearance on Aug. 28.

Palmeter says police are examining the child pornography that was seized to determine who the victim or victims are.

"At this point we believe it may be very local," Palmeter said, "But obviously we are hoping, anyway, that we've been able to secure the images so that they can't be transmitted further by the individual, himself."