January 11, 2019 3:30 pm
Updated: January 11, 2019 3:40 pm

New Glasgow man allegedly pulled fake firearm during child pornography arrest

The RCMP's Provincial Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Unit, in a joint investigation with the New Glasgow Police Service, has arrested a New Glasgow man for child pornography offences.

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A New Glasgow, N.S., man is facing charges after RCMP say a social media app alerted them that child pornography was being shared on the site.

Police allege the man also reached for a fake firearm during his arrest.

The Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Unit, members of the New Glasgow Police and the RCMP Technological Crime Unit searched a home on Jan. 10.

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According to police, the suspect reached for what appeared to be a handgun under a desk while officers were arresting him.

The suspect was “quickly controlled” by the officers and police removed the weapon. It was later determined the firearm was a replica.

“One police officer and the suspect sustained minor injuries, that did not require medical attention,” RCMP said in a news release.

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Nicholas Linthorne, 20, has been charged with transmitting child pornography, possession of child pornography, resisting arrest, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, using an imitation firearm while committing the indictable offence of resisting arrest and assaulting a peace officer with a weapon.

Linthorne has been remanded until his next court appearance on Feb. 5.

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