The Regina Police Service and Saskatchewan Child Exploitation Unit have charged two individuals in relation to an extortion and child pornography investigation. On February 23, 2020 a male subject made a complaint to Regina Police Service uniformed members that his iPad had been stolen and he was being extorted money for its safe return as he had child pornography stored on the device. He was arrested after he showed the uniform members the child pornography contained within the extortion demands he received.
After a brief investigation, members of the Regina Police Service Investigative Services Division identified a Regina female as the person responsible for the extortion and arrested her on February 24, 2020 when she tried to collect the ransom. Her cellular phone was seized and the stolen iPad recovered. The ICE Unit investigation of the child pornography resulted in a search warrant being executed at a residence in Regina. They located child pornography at the residence and seized a computer and many hard drives. All the seized devices will undergo further forensic analysis.
Twenty year-old Deandrea Emmalee MOISE, of Regina, was held in custody and has been charged with:
- Extortion – Sec. [346 (1.1)(b) CC];
- Theft Under $5,000 – [334(b) CC];
- Possession of Property Obtained by Crime [355(b) CC];
- Possession of Child Pornography [163.1(4) CC];
- Accessing Child Pornography [163.1 (4.1) CC]; and
- Carrying a Concealed Weapon [ 90 CC].
Thirty-six year-old Jeremy John MCMILLAN, of Regina, was also held in custody and has been charged with:
- Possession of Child Pornography [163.1(4) CC]; and
- Accessing Child Pornography [163.1 (4.1) CC].
Both individuals made court appearances on February 25 in Regina Provincial Court. They have both been released on numerous conditions and their matters adjourned until March 17, 2020.
The Saskatchewan ICE Unit is comprised of investigators from the RCMP, Regina Police Service, Saskatoon Police Service, and Prince Albert Police Service. Their mandate is to investigate crimes involving the abuse and/or exploitation of children on the Internet.