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Calgary… A New Jersey high school teacher was arrested for online offences committed against a Calgary child following a collaborative investigation between ALERT’s Internet Child Exploitation team, Calgary Police Service, and United States’ Homeland Security Investigations.
According to a news release issued by the U.S. Attorney’s office, David N. Adams, 29, of Branchburg, New Jersey, was charged with one count of online enticement of a minor to engage in criminal sexual activity. Adams solicited the minor online to produce images of sexually explicit conduct in exchange for money.
Link to U.S. Attorney’s Office media release
The victim in this case is a 13-year-old Calgary resident. Adams met the victim through an online gaming community and they communicated through text messages and video chats. Adams allegedly offered to send payments to the child in exchange for sexually explicit images and video chats.
Calgary Police Services initiated the investigation in September 2014 after receiving a complaint from parent who discovered the explicit chat logs. ALERT ICE was able to uncover the identity and location of the online offender and forwarded the information to U.S. Homeland Security Investigations. Adams was then arrested at his New Jersey home by Branchburg Police Department on September 15.
“Much the same way the internet is borderless; our pursuit of offenders who prey on children knows no limits,” said S/Sgt. John Guigon, ALERT ICE. “We routinely work together with our partners in international law enforcement agencies to target those that sexually exploit children.”
According to the U.S. Attorney, the charge of online enticement carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum potential penalty of life in prison and a $250,000 fine.
ALERT was established and is funded by the Alberta Government and is a compilation of the province’s most sophisticated law enforcement resources committed to tackling serious and organized crime. Members of Alberta Sheriffs, Calgary Police Service, Edmonton Police Service, Lethbridge Regional Police Service, Medicine Hat Police Service, and RCMP work in ALERT.