January 18, 2013
Edmonton…The Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team’s northern Internet Child Exploitation unit (ICE) and the Hinton RCMP Detachment laid new charges against a 58-year-old Hinton man following a joint investigation that began in the fall of 2012.
ICE North, an integrated team of Edmonton Police Service and RCMP members, worked closely with the Hinton RCMP after the man was charged with several sex-related offences allegedly committed against a female child. As part of this investigation, police executed a search warrant on a residence from which they seized several electronic devices.
The investigation began with charges of sexual assault, sexual interference, and sexual exploitation laid by the Hinton RCMP. Further investigation and forensic examination of the seized devices led to the identification of three additional victims and new charges. These charges include five counts of possession of child pornography, four counts of making child pornography, and one count of accessing child pornography.
A publication ban is in place and the accused cannot be named in order to protect the identity of the victims. The accused is in custody and his next court appearance is January 22.
The investigation is ongoing.
“The outcome of this investigation shows the benefits of law enforcement personnel working together,” explained ICE North’s Sgt. Mike Lokken. “We will continue to collaborate with our partners to target child predators and to prevent further harm against the most vulnerable members of our society, children.”
ICE investigates the sexual exploitation of children through the Internet and works to reduce harm through public education and prevention programs.
ICE is an ALERT team established and funded by the Government of Alberta to bring together the province’s most sophisticated law enforcement resources to tackle serious and organized crime. Over 400 municipal police, RCMP and sheriffs work for ALERT.
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