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Child porn charges laid against Vernon RCMP officer

06/14/2013 05:14 EDT | Updated 08/14/2013 05:12 EDT
An RCMP officer in Vernon, B.C., has been charged with the possession of child pornography, breaching conditions and obstructing a police investigation.

Const. Ryan David Victor Hampton, 35, was suspended from duty following an investigation by the RCMP's professional standards unit that began on May 5, 2013. Investigators allegedly found images of child pornography stored on a computer and a portable memory device.

"This alleged behavior is absolutely deplorable and is being dealt with swiftly," said Chief Supt. Mike Sekela, the District Commander for the Southeast District, in a statement released on Wednesday.

"Given the seriousness of the allegations he has been advised that a Notice of Intention to seek Suspension without Pay has been completed," said the statement.

Hampton is scheduled to appear in Vernon Provincial Court on June 27.

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