A Vernon RCMP officer has been suspended from duty as he faces charges for off-duty conduct relating to the possession of child pornography.
Court records show that Const. Ryan David Victor Hampton, 34, is facing one count of possession of child pornography, one count of accessing child pornography, one count of obstructing justice and six counts of breach of an undertaking.
In a press release, Southeast District Chief Supt. Mike Sekela said the Vernon detachment was made aware of the allegation on May 5, and both criminal and code of conduct investigations were immediately launched.
“The investigations are being led by E Division (B.C.) professional standards units,” said Sekela. “As a result of the criminal investigation and subsequent report to Crown Counsel, criminal charges have now been laid.”
Hampton was suspended from duty and his sidearm and police identification were seized.
Sekela said given the seriousness of the allegations, Hampton has been advised that a notice of intention to seek suspension without pay has been completed.
“This alleged behaviour is absolutely deplorable and is being dealt with swiftly,” said Sekela. “Const. Hampton will now have to answer to the courts and later to a formal disciplinary hearing where the commanding officer will be seeking his dismissal.”
Hampton is next slated to appear in Vernon Provincial Court on June 27.
As the matter is now before the courts, the RCMP will not provide further comment or information at this time.