Former Vernon Mountie to stand trial this summer on child porn charges

Ryan Hampton is escorted from the Vernon courthouse.
Image Credit: Global Okanagan/Jim Lenton

VERNON - A former Vernon mountie charged with possession of child pornography will stand trial this summer.

Ryan Hampton, 37, was scheduled to start his trial Mar. 2 in Vernon Supreme Court but his case has now been put over until July. It has also been moved to the Kelowna courthouse.

Hampton, a former police officer with the Vernon detachment, faces one count of possession of child pornography, one count of accessing child pornography, one count of obstruction of justice, and six counts of breaching conditions.

Justice Alison Beames, who, like Crown counsel Claire Ducluzeau and defence lawyer Jason Tarnow, was patched into the Vernon Courthouse Mar. 19 by phone, set a ten day trial by judge alone for Hampton starting July 13 in Kelowna.

Hampton, who has since resigned from the RCMP, was arrested on a different set of charges Feb. 2 in Alberta. He was pulled over in Strathmore and charged with impaired driving and stolen possession of stolen property.

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