Onion Lake man sentenced to one year in prison for child porn charges

A 33-year-old Onion Lake man was sentenced in Lloydminster Provincial Court to one year in prison for possession of, and accessing, child pornography.

Gabriel Buffalo was scheduled on July 6 to elect how he wanted to be tried but instead pleaded guilty.

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According to North Battleford Senior Crown Prosecutor Chris Browne, Buffalo had 2,576 images and 104 videos of child pornography.

The Saskatchewan Internet Child Exploitation Unit (ICE) arrested buffalo in January after a seven-month investigation. The ICE Unit obtained a search warrant for his home on Onion Lake Cree Nation and found child pornography images and video. Police seized his computer, smart phones and digital storage devices for forensic analysis.

The Saskatchewan ICE Unit consists of investigators from the RCMP, Regina Police Service, Saskatoon Police Service, and Prince Albert Police Service. They investigate crimes involving the abuse and/or exploitation of children on the Internet.

Buffalo was sentenced to one year in prison for each charge, to be served concurrently. He was ordered to provide a DNA sample for the national DNA Data Bank and will be listed on the National Sex Offender Registry for life.

 

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