2012-06-06 16:27 PDT
On May 28, an American truck driver arrived at the Beaver Creek Port of Entry after having brought a shipment of plants from the Lower 48 to Alaska. A review of his travel history by Canada Border Services Agency officers showed a pattern of travel to source countries of child sex tourism and child pornography including Cambodia, Thailand and the Philippines. During the vehicle examination, officers found several electronic devices belonging to the driver. When they examined his laptop computer border services officers discovered several images of suspected child pornography, including a number of nude images of the subject with young females. Officers immediately arrested the traveler, and seized his electronic devices. The Beaver Creek RCMP was contacted and the driver, along with a variety of his electronic devices, was turned over to them for further investigation.
The Beaver Creek RCMP have charged 56 year-old Aaron Finn from Oregon, United States, with criminal code charges surrounding possession, importation and creation of child pornography images. The RCMP are now working in collaboration with the Canada Border Services Agency and the BC RCMP Integrated Child Exploitation team as well as internationally with U.S. Homeland Security and the U.S. Attorney' Office. The investigation appears to have a sex tourism nexus which all agencies involved continue to investigate.
The RCMP credits the cooperation of both Canadian and US agencies in insuring the safety of our communities and its children.
The accused, Mr. Finn, is in custody and is scheduled to appear at his next court hearing on June 13th, 2012.
Cst. Patrick Poulin
Beaver Creek RCMP
P.O. Box 32
Beaver Creek, Yukon, Y0B 1A0
Sgt. Don RogersMedia Relations Officer