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Child pornography seizure at Sprague results in significant jail sentence
Today, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced that on March 1, 2016, in a Winnipeg Provincial court, Robert William Roske of Minnesota entered a guilty plea and was sentenced to a 2.5 year jail sentence for attempting to smuggle digital images and videos of child pornography, contrary to section 159 of the Customs Act.
This case dates back to July 30, 2015 when Mr. Roske was seeking entry into Canada at the Sprague port of entry and was referred for secondary examination. Border services officers examined his electronic devices and discovered suspected child pornography. The officer seized the electronic devices and arrested Mr. Roske.
The case was referred to the CBSA Criminal Investigations Section, where they identified a total of 1,954 images and 389 video files of child pornography belonging to Mr. Roske.
- The Customs Act prohibits the importation of certain goods, including child pornography as defined by the Criminal Code. The CBSA works closely with the Public Prosecution Service of Canada to prosecute to the full extent of the law those engaging in smuggling prohibited material into Canada.
- So far this year in the Prairie Region, border services officers have made five suspected child pornography seizures; in 2015, they made 22 seizures of suspected child pornography.
- The Roske sentence is the longest sentencing handed down in Canada for a child pornography cross-border smuggling case investigated by the CBSA.
- CBSA officers are always on the lookout for prohibited material and are trained to intercept these goods in all forms—printed material, film or video tape. Anyone with information about suspicious cross-border or illegal activity is encouraged to call the CBSA Border Watch Toll-free Line at 1-888-502-9060.
“This is the longest sentence ever handed down in a CBSA child pornography investigation. In this case, our officers demonstrated their commitment and diligence in protecting the most vulnerable persons, children, from further exploitation.”
- Kim Scoville, Regional Director General, CBSA Prairie Region
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