Squamish firefighter charged with possession, distribution of child pornography

Charges stem from investigation by the Provincial Integrated Child Exploitation Unit

A firefighter in Squamish is facing two child pornography charges following an investigation by the RCMP’s Provincial Integrated Child Exploitation Unit.

John Taavo Martin, 43, was charged with possession of child pornography and distribution of child pornography on Oct. 31, Mounties said in a news release Tuesday.

A search warrant was executed on June 27 after police received information from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in the United States.

READ MORE: Ex-firefighter accused of seeking sex with teen girls in Vancouver police sting

Martin was later arrested and has since been released on a number of conditions ahead of his next court appearance set for later this month.

In a statement emailed to Black Press Media, District of Squamish spokesperson Christina Moore confirmed that Martin was placed on administrative leave, with pay, following his arrest. His salary and benefits were cut off once charges were laid. Their reinstatement depends on the outcome of the trial.

“Public safety is the district’s absolute top priority and criminal record checks are required for all firefighters of Squamish Fire Rescue,” the statement reads.

“We are a close-knit community – both within our organization and within the greater community, and the news of these serious allegations will be very difficult to comprehend by many.”


@ashwadhwani
ashley.wadhwani@bpdigital.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Province, feds, Wet’suwet’en announce progress in MOU talks

Community engagement process launched to implement northern B.C. First Nation’s rights and title

COVID-19 tests come back negative in remote First Nation community

“There are no suspected cases in the community at this time.”

‘Don’t kill my mom’: Ryan Reynolds calls on young British Columbians to be COVID-smart

‘Deadpool’ celebrity responds to premier’s call for social influence support

Unofficial holidays: here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Aug. 16 to 22

World Photography Day, Black Cat Appreciation Day and Rum Day all coming up this week

Captain Horvat’s OT marker lifts Canucks to 4-3 win over Blues

Vancouver takes 2-0 lead in best-of-7 NHL playoff series with St. Louis

Widow of slain Red Deer doctor thanks community for support ahead of vigil

Fellow doctors, members of the public will gather for a physically-distanced vigil in central Alberta

Protesters showcase massive old yellow cedar as Port Renfrew area forest blockade continues

9.5-foot-wide yellow cedar measured by Ancient Forest Alliance campaigners in Fairy Creek watershed

Taking dog feces and a jackhammer to neighbourhood dispute costs B.C. man $16,000

‘Pellegrin’s actions were motivated by malice …a vindictive, pointless, dangerous and unlawful act’

Racist stickers at Keremeos pub leaves group uneasy and angry

The ‘OK’ hand gesture is a known hate-symbol

VIDEO: World responds to B.C. girl after pandemic cancels birthday party

Dozens of cards and numerous packages were delivered to six-year-old Charlie Manning

Most Read