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Medicine Hat…A 27-year-old Medicine Hat man was arrested after Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT) investigators uncovered an expansive collection of child sex abuse videos.
The investigation by ALERT’s Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) team was initiated based on a referral from the German state police of Baden-Württemberg involving the accused’s peer-to-peer internet activities. ICE is an integrated team consisting of Calgary Police Service, Medicine Hat Police Service, Lethbridge Regional Police Service, and RCMP members.
Robert Jeffrey Williams, of Medicine Hat was arrested on September 22 at the Calgary International Airport with assistance from Calgary Police Service. A search warrant was executed at Williams’ Medicine Hat home on September 3 where evidence relating to the investigation was seized. Williams was out of the country at the time of the search.
A forensic analysis of the computers and electronic devices seized is still underway, but ICE investigators have found an extensive collection of videos depicting extreme child sex abuse.
At this point of the investigation, ICE investigators do not believe any of the victims are from Alberta, or that any hands-on offences had taken place. Anyone with information about this investigation, or any child exploitation offence is encouraged to contact police or cybertip.ca.
Williams is charged with possessing, accessing, and making available child pornography, and is scheduled to appear in Medicine Hat court on October 14. Williams is on interim release with multiple conditions in place that will be closely monitored by police.
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.