A 65-year-old man from Grand Bay-Westfield, N.B., has been handed an 18-month jail sentence after pleading guilty to charges stemming from an investigation by the New Brunswick RCMP's Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Unit into images of child sexual abuse, which began earlier this year.
On August 7, 2019, police executed a search warrant at a home in Grand Bay-Westfield and a man was arrested. The following day, Robert Whiting appeared in Saint John Provincial Court and was charged with possession of child pornography. He was remanded into custody.
On October 22, Robert Whiting was sentenced to 18 months in jail, minus time already served. He has been added to the National Sex Offender Registry for 20 years and will be required to submit a DNA sample. Following his release from jail, he will be under several conditions set out by the court, including not being near anyone under 16 years of age.
The ICE Unit includes members of the Saint John and Kennebecasis Regional Police Forces. The RCMP's Digital Forensic Services section, the Southeast District RCMP, and the RCMP National Child Exploitation Crime Centre were also involved in the investigation.