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A former law enforcement officer who had been diagnosed with PTSD after "overwhelming" exposure to child pornography while working on child sex abuse cases has won his court battle against the federal and provincial governments.

According to the Oak Bay Times, before Michael Wardrope had worked with the Surrey Child Abuse and Sexual Offence Unit he was told that working overtime was uncommon and that exposure to child pornography would be minimal.

Once Wardrope was on the unit, he discovered that both of those statements were—in his judgement—untrue.

He complained to supervisors that he was having severely adverse effects from the amount of time he was required to review the child pornography, stating that he was "on the verge of a nervous breakdown." He was told that he would be transferred out of the unit but that didn't happen for another ten months.

Wardrope will receive undisclosed damages as a result of the judge's ruling.  

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