NORTH BATTLEFORD — RCMP laid charges against 49-year-old Jason Schmidt of North Battleford on Dec. 8 after a lengthy investigation into the possession of child pornography.
The charges were laid by the North Battleford Municipal General Investigation Section. The investigation was started late July 2021, after a complaint of inappropriate communications being found on a device being used by a child.
The investigation progressed with the assistance of Saskatchewan Digital Forensic Services as well as the Saskatchewan Integrated Child Exploitation Unit.
A search warrant was completed at a residence in North Battleford and Schmidt was arrested and charged with one count of possession of child pornography contrary to section 163.1 of the Criminal Code, and one count of making sexually explicit material available to a child contrary to section 171.1 of the Criminal Code.
Schmidt was released from custody on a number of conditions and is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 24, 2022, at North Battleford Provincial Court.
The investigation is continuing.
The RCMP would like to remind parents to be aware of their children’s online presence and who they may be communicating with. Anyone who believes their child may be the victim of an online predator is encouraged to call their local RCMP detachment or police service.