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BC Mountie facing child porn charges

A Vancouver Island RCMP officer is being investigated for possibly possessing and producing child pornography, court documents show.

The Mountie, a member of the Sidney RCMP, was taken into custody on Dec. 19 by Westshore RCMP.

A source close to the investigation told CTV News the man was arrested at the Sidney detachment.

The man is facing charges of one count of possession of child pornography and one count of production of child pornography.

The alleged offences took place around in and around Colwood, where he lived with his wife at the time, between Sept. 1 and Nov. 23.

"This alleged behaviour is deplorable", says RCMP Chief Superintendent Ray Bernoties, District Commander for the Island District.

"The officer was immediately suspended and a Code of Conduct investigation was initiated. Within 24 hours of his arrest we accepted his discharge documents."

As a private citizen the officer will no longer be subject to any discipline under the RCMP Act.

The Crown has yet to formally approve charges, so the Mountie's identity has not been released.

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