A Winnipeg man has been charged on multiple accounts, including child sexual abuse and having online sexual abuse images.
In September 2021, the Winnipeg Police Service’s Child Abuse Unit began an investigation regarding the sexual assault of a child that occurred between July and August 2021. The child was assaulted by a known adult while staying at his residence in the 400 block of Aberdeen Avenue. This residence also operated as a home daycare.
In October 2021, 36-year-old Robert Dale Prince was charged with sexual assault and sexual interference.
Then, in January of this year, the Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Unit was alerted to child sexual abuse imagery (child pornography) uploaded to social media in April 2021.
The ICE Unit began an investigation and identified PRINCE as a suspect regarding the online sexual abuse images.
With the assistance of the Technological Crimes Section, a seizure and forensic analysis of Prince’s electronic device revealed over 150 photos and videos of child sexual abuse imagery. Investigators determined that two children (captured in these images) had previously attended his residence in the 400 block of Aberdeen. One of the children was from the previously mentioned Child Abuse investigation.
As a result of the ICE investigation, on April 11, 2022, Prince was charged with the additional offences of:
- Sexual Assault
- Sexual Interference
- Makes, Prints, Publishes or Possesses for Publication any Child Pornography x 2
- Imports, Distributes, Sells or Possesses for Distribution or Sale any Child Pornography
- Possession of Child Pornography x 2
- Access any Child Pornography
He was detained in custody.