Benjamin Martin Moore’s criminal history includes convictions for sexual interference and possession of child pornography.

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A sex offender, believed to be on the run with a woman and her two children, has now crossed the US border, RCMP said as further details emerged on an Amber Alert on Tuesday.

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At the request of Shaunavon RCMP, an Amber Alert was issued Monday evening for Luna Potts, a seven-year-old girl, and Hunter Potts, an eight-year-old boy.

The information provided by the police indicates that the children are with Benjamin Martin Moore of Eastend, Saskatchewan, who may go by various names, including Hawk Smith and Ben Scutchings.

“We believe these children are in grave danger” in the presence of Moore, Chief Superintendent of the Saskatchewan RCMP. Tyler Bates told reporters Tuesday afternoon.

Moore, 50, is described by police as 5ft 10in and 200lbs with black hair.

Bates said the children’s mother, Leah Potts, 45, will be traveling with them and they are likely in a dark blue 2015 Chevy Equinox with Alberta license plate CGC2492. He said there is “evidence” that Moore and the Potts family are in South Dakota. Plans are in place to extend the Amber Alert to the United States

Shaunavon RCMP are looking for 7 year old Luna Potts and 8 year old Hunter Potts.  They are believed to be with Benjamin Martin Moore of Eastend, Saskatchewan.  It can have different names.  He is described as 50 years old, 5ft 10in and 200lbs with black hair.  They may be traveling in a dark blue 2015 Chevy Equinox, Alberta plate CGC2492.  The children's mother, Leah Potts, 45, is said to be traveling with them.  They may have entered the United States.
Shaunavon RCMP are looking for 7 year old Luna Potts and 8 year old Hunter Potts. They are believed to be with Benjamin Martin Moore of Eastend, Saskatchewan. It can have different names. He is described as 50 years old, 5ft 10in and 200lbs with black hair. They may be traveling in a dark blue 2015 Chevy Equinox, Alberta plate CGC2492. The children’s mother, Leah Potts, 45, is said to be traveling with them. They may have entered the United States. Photo by SUPPLIED /SASKATCHEWAN RCMP

Although photographs of Moore and the children were made available, Bates said no photograph or description of Leah Potts, believed to be Moore’s common-law wife, was available. However, he said police had no reason to believe they were “complicit in what is happening”.

Bates said ‘evidence’ was uncovered during a Department of Social Services investigation into ‘allegations’ surrounding Moore, but before police could question Moore on August 2, he fled with the woman and the children of the house of Eastend. d lived together.

When asked to clarify why they would be in a vehicle with an Alberta license plate, Bates said the group had lived in other provinces, including Alberta, but he pointed out that were ‘fairly long-term’ residents of Eastend.

Chief Superintendent Tyler Bates, Officer in Charge of the Saskatchewan RCMP South District Management Team, provides a statement with details regarding the Amber Alert issued August 8 at the request of Shaunavon RCMP.  The statement was made at F Division Headquarters on Tuesday August 9, 2022 in Regina.
Chief Superintendent Tyler Bates, Officer in Charge of the Saskatchewan RCMP South District Management Team, provides a statement with details regarding the Amber Alert issued August 8 at the request of Shaunavon RCMP. The statement was made at F Division Headquarters on Tuesday August 9, 2022 in Regina. Photo by TROY FLEECE /Regina Chief’s Post

The RCMP issued the Amber Alert after the department provided an arrest order for the children, which Bates said happened on Monday.

A warrant has been issued for Moore, who is charged Tuesday with failing to report a change of address as required by an order in the Sex Offender Information Registry Act, Bates said.

Chief Superintendent. would not comment on whether police have had contact with any of the people named in the alert since it was sent.

However, he said the police had already received a number of tips and the investigation team were following up on all information. One person reported a previous “incident” involving Moore.

“We want to make sure survivors are supported,” Bates said, encouraging anyone “victimized” by Moore to report to police.

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Moore’s criminal history includes child sex offenses. In 2007 he was convicted of sexual interference and in 2009 he was convicted of sexual interference and possession of child pornography.

A person guilty of sexual interference is currently defined by the Criminal Code of Canada as: any person who, for a sexual purpose, touches, directly or indirectly, with a part of the body or with an object, any part of the body of a person under 16 years of age.

Historical articles published in the Leader-Post indicate that Moore was released and lived in Regina in 2010, which made him the subject of a warning from the Regina Police Department. However, his statutory release was suspended shortly thereafter by the Correctional Service of Canada and he was returned to custody in an effort to prevent a breach of his release conditions.

He was released again in 2011, again making him the subject of a warning from the Regina Police Department, who at the time sought to warn people that he had a history of “offences against children or grandchildren of people with whom he forms personal friendships and children of women with whom he establishes intimate relationships.

Additionally, city police alerted the public that he had used manipulative behaviors in previous incidents to gain the trust of caregivers before committing offences.

“In the previous offences, the victims were of prepubescent age,” police warned at the time.

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This photograph of Benjamin Martin Moore was released to the media by the Regina Police Department upon his conditional release in 2011.
This photograph of Benjamin Martin Moore was released to the media by the Regina Police Department upon his conditional release in 2011. Photo by REGINA POLICE DEPARTMENT

In August of the same year, he served his 26-month sentence for sexual interference and possession of child pornography. However, a day after he signed a high-risk offender peace bond, allowing authorities to continue monitoring him, he was found in breach of his terms when police found cellphones, a laptop and other internet-capable electronics in the house he lived in.

He was sentenced to three months in prison after pleading guilty, but his lawyer said Moore was unaware of all the items because they belonged to his girlfriend.

Moore said he didn’t know a TV could connect to the internet and lacked technological knowledge due to his time in prison.

“I thought I was in order. I thought I was doing everything right,” he said at the time.

His stated goal at the time was to get out of prison and find a job so he could move on with his life and “function like a real person again.”

His three-month prison sentence was to be followed by nine months of probation, during which he was to be subject to police searches up to three times a month.

No further information on Moore appears to have been released by the Leader-Post until the Amber Alert was released on Monday.

Anyone with information should call 911 immediately or 1-877-SOAMBER (762-6237). For updates, visit the SaskAlert website: saskalert.ca

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