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Shuswap senior arrested on child porn charge

A 77-year-old man was arrested after he was found by police with a laptop that allegedly contained images of child pornography. - photo contributed
A 77-year-old man was arrested after he was found by police with a laptop that allegedly contained images of child pornography.
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A Notch Hill man is facing charges of possession of child pornography after being discovered with his laptop in the parking lot of the Sorrento fire hall.

Charles Gleave, 77, will make a first appearance in Salmon Arm court on April 29.

Shortly after midnight on Monday, March 31, police were advised of a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of the fire hall.

Police arrived and noted a lone man seated in a pickup truck. When police activated the emergency lights, the pickup truck began to drive away. A second police vehicle attended the area and was able to block the path of the pickup. The subsequent arrest of the driver discovered him to be impaired by alcohol. As such, his driver’s licence was suspended and the vehicle impounded.

On the passenger seat,  police located a laptop computer. The computer page was opened to a website containing several images of child pornography. It was later discovered that the man was accessing the wireless internet connection of the fire hall without permission.

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