Camp responds to arrest of former director on child pornography charges

By CHAT News Today
September 12, 2017 - 5:03pm

MEDICINE HAT, AB — A local camp has responded to news a former camp director was arrested on child pornography charges.

Nolan Davidson was arrested in Medicine Hat last Thursday by members of the Internet Child Exploitation unit and the Medicine Hat Police Service. The 25-year-old is charged with possession of child pornography and accessing child pornography.

Davidson’s profile on social media identified him as a camp counsellor Eagles Nest Ranch, a summer camp in the Cypress Hills. The camp released a statement later on Monday about the arrest.

“Mr. Davidson was employed by Eagles Nest Ranch in the summer of 2013 in an organizational role, as summer camp director,” the statement reads. “Eagles Nest Ranch has no evidence to suggest any offences were committed against any children who attended the camp.”

The statement adds the camp places the safety of children as its highest priority, and all staff members and volunteers undergo police background checks and vulnerable sector checks. The camp also requires all staff and volunteers take part in training to recognize signs of abuse.

Davidson appeared in court on September 8, and was released on $1,000 cash bail with numerous conditions.

Among the conditions, he cannot possess any device capable of accessing the Internet, is not allowed have any children under 16 in his residence unless supervised by another adult, and is barred from attending public parks, swimming areas, day cares, schools and playgrounds where children under 16 are present or are reasonably expected to be present.

Davidson is due back in court on September 28.

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