Nova Scotia

Ingonish Beach man sentenced for child porn

An Ingonish Beach man has been sent to prison following a lengthy police investigation that uncovered thousands of images of child pornography.

An Ingonish Beach man has been sent to prison following a lengthy police investigation that uncovered thousands of images of child pornography.

David Carter Roger Archibald pleaded guilty Wednesday to 21 counts of making child porn, 14 of distributing it and one count of possessing it, the Cape Breton Post reported.

Archibald was sentenced to three years in prison. He was banned for life from playgrounds, parks and other public places where children play. He's also been placed on the sex offender registry.

RCMP launched an investigation after they were contacted in 2009 by the child exploitation co-ordination centres in the U.S. and Canada.

Investigators seized several computers in January. A short time later, Archibald was charged with one count of possessing child pornography.

He turned himself in to police in May after learning he was about to face more charges.

At the time, RCMP said there was no evidence that children from Ingonish Beach were depicted in the thousands of images and videos that were found.

Rick Hartlen, the Crown attorney in the case, said the images ran the "gamut of sexual depravity."

Archibald was facing more than 250 charges before his appearance Wednesday in Sydney provincial court.

RCMP said making child pornography can be as simple as downloading an image from the internet and putting it on an external hard drive.

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