Winnipeg police officer dead after being arrested on child pornography charges

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A Winnipeg police officer who was arrested on child pornography charges Thursday has since died, police say.

Const. Yvan Corriveau, 39, was arrested at his home in Ile-des-Chênes, Manitoba RCMP spokeswoman Tara Seel said over the phone Friday.

Mounties said in a press release Friday afternoon that they executed a search warrant at the home after the RCMP Internet Child Exploitation Unit received several complaints from the RCMP National Child Exploitation Crime Center about possession of child pornography in southern Manitoba.

Corriveau was charged with possessing, accessing, making available and making in writing child pornography, the release said. A judge then released him on a warrant of acquittal.

Seel said RCMP seized evidence at Corriveau’s home, but would not provide further details about what they found.

In a news release, the Winnipeg Police Service said it learned Friday morning that Corriveau had died.

His death is not considered criminal, police said. No further details were given on how he died.

Winnipeg police said they learned Thursday of the allegations against Corriveau, who had been a Winnipeg police officer for 15 years.

The Manitoba Independent Investigation Unit, which investigates all serious incidents involving on-duty and off-duty officers in the province, has been notified, the Winnipeg Police Service said.

Seel said that while the charges against Corriveau cannot move forward now that he is dead, the investigation will continue.

“So if any evidence as part of this investigation points to additional suspects or other victims, that will be followed up on,” she said.

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