Former nurse gets two years behind bars for extensive child porn collection

David Stallcup had been evading police for 14 years on outstanding charges from the United States

A U.S. resident who’d been working in Victoria as a registered nurse will spend the next two years behind bars for possessing one of the most extensive collections of child pornography the investigating officer has ever seen.

David Robert Stallcup was handed the sentence in a provincial courtroom Thursday after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography.

The investigation was sparked in June 2014 when a Victoria police ICE officer began investigating a man named David Robert for offences related to child pornography. But the officer later learned the name was fake — his real name was David Stallcup, who’d been evading police for 14 years on outstanding charges from the United States and creating different identities along the way.

During the investigation, police found that within a 16-day period, more than 350 files were shared, of which all were believed to contain child pornography. Police moved in on Stallcup’s Fisgard Street home in March 2015, seizing more than 20 pieces of evidence that included 775 videos and more than 27,000 images of child pornography, ranging from infants to pre-teens.

Instead of waiting at a nearby coffee shop during the search, the 43-year-old fled to his father’s residence in California where he was arrested about a month later on a 15-year-old federal warrant. In 1998, Stallcup pleaded guilty to using someone else’s name to apply for a passport in an effort to avoid detection for burglary and aggravated car theft charges he faced in Colorado two years prior.

But Stallcup fled before he was sentenced and was on the lam for more than a decade before he wound up in an Oregon jail, where Victoria police tracked him down.

Due to the seriousness of the offences, Stallcup was extradited back to Canada in November 2016.

His two-year jail sentence will be followed by three years of probation.

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