St. Paul RCMP officer accused of child exploitation denied bail

ST.PAUL – The St. Paul RCMP officer arrested on child exploitation charges following an investigation by ALERT’s Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) unit was denied release at a bail hearing on July 9.

In November 2023, ALERT began investigating a suspect who allegedly uploaded two videos “depicting child sexual exploitation to Snapchat.” The RCMP National Child Exploitation Centre notified ALERT.

ALERT identified the suspect in late April 2024, and ICE investigators arrested Evan Peacock, 33, an officer with the St. Paul RCMP detachment.

On April 24, Peacock was charged by ALERT with two counts of possession, distribution and accessing child pornography.

He was released on parole and suspended from duty with pay. He was scheduled to appear in court May 23 in St. Paul, according to an ALERT news release.

In June 2024, the Alberta RCMP’s Alberta East District General Investigation Section investigated an “adult male who was soliciting sexual activity from underage females online,” according to Alberta RCMP information. As a result of this investigation, Peacock was also charged with child luring and breaching release conditions associated with the previous charges and was remanded in custody.

Peacock will be back in court on July 25.