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Edmonton… A 33-year-old Edmonton man has been arrested by Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT) following a month-long investigation into alleged sexual offences against children.
ALERT’s Internet Child Exploitation team partnered with RCMP British Columbia’s ICE unit to make the arrest on October 23. The man was charged with child porn and luring offences, and further investigation revealed that he was sexually abusing his 5-year-old niece.
The name of the accused will not be released in order to protect the identity of the victim.
The investigation began in B.C. when ICE investigators, posing as an underage girl, became engaged in online conversations with the accused. During their conversations, the accused attempted to arrange a meeting for sex and also shared child pornography. Although the accused lived in Edmonton he was attempting to meet in B.C.
The charges against the Edmonton man include:
The accused is scheduled to appear in court on November 13.
ALERT’s investigation remains on-going pending forensic analysis of the electronic devices and computers seized from the home.
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. Nearly 400 municipal police, RCMP, and sheriffs work in ALERT.