A 49-year-old St. Stephen man is facing charges in Canada in connection with a joint investigation by the United States Department of Homeland Security and the New Brunswick RCMP's Integrated Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Unit.
On August 10, 2017, Joseph Bruce Haggerty of St. Stephen, N.B. was arrested in Cleveland, Ohio and was charged there. A search warrant was executed at a home in St. Stephen the next day by the New Brunswick RCMP Integrated ICE unit and the St. Stephen RCMP detachment, and several electronic devices were seized.
On November 6, 2017, Haggerty was charged in Saint John Provincial Court with making and possessing child pornography, and luring a child under the age of 18 years. He remains in custody in the United States. A warrant for his arrest has been issued within Canada.
The investigation is ongoing.
The Internet Child Exploitation Unit includes members of the RCMP, the Kennebecasis Regional Police Force and the Saint John Police Force.