Calgary… An Olds, Alta., father has been arrested by ALERT’s Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) unit for alleged offences committed against his own daughter.
The ICE unit alleges that the 32-year-old man sexually assaulted and made child pornography involving his three-year-old daughter, amongst other offences. The child is receiving help from a variety of support services.
The suspect was initially arrested on January 4, 2018, with the assistance of Olds RCMP, and a number of computers and electronic devices were seized. It was during the forensic examination that an ICE digital forensic examiner noted photos that appeared to show the suspect’s daughter being sexually assaulted.
The suspect was arrested for a second time on January 13 and further charges were laid. ALERT is not naming the suspect in order to help protect the identity of the victim.
Charges against the 32-year-old man include:
The accused remains in custody and is scheduled to appear in court on January 19.
Alberta Children’s Services has been advised of the investigation and is providing assistance.
The investigation began in October 2017 after the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children provided information about an Alberta-based suspect sharing child pornography via social media. It is not believed that photos of his daughter were distributed online.
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 Calgary Police Service, Edmonton Police Service, Lethbridge Police Service, Medicine Hat Police Service, and RCMP work in ALERT.