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ICE Looking for Possible Victims to Come Forward

Red Deer… A 54-year-old Red Deer man has been charged with multiple child sexual exploitation offences and ALERT’s Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) unit is looking to identify other possible victims.

Stuart Peter Hunt was arrested by the ICE unit on January 17, 2018. The suspect’s Red Deer home was also searched and a number of electronic devices were seized.

Stuart Peter Hunt, 54, of Red Deer has been arrested on a number of child sexual exploitation offences. ALERT’s Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Unit is looking to talk any other victims who have not yet come forward.

ICE’s investigation into Hunt originated with online child pornography crimes; however, sexual exploitation offences committed against child victims have been uncovered. Several victims, who were known to the accused, have been identified thus far, but ICE believes there could be more. The alleged offences could conceivably date back over the past 20 years.

ICE’s investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about this investigation is encouraged to contact Sgt. Kirt Murray at 403-581-1090 or submit information anonymously at cybertip.ca.

Hunt is not employed in a position of trust and/or authority. In addition to Red Deer, Hunt has ties to Oyen, Three Hills, Sylvan Lake and Didsbury.

Charges against Hunt include:

  • possessing child pornography;
  • accessing child pornography;
  • distributing child pornography;
  • making child pornography;
  • sexual assault;
  • sexual interference;
  • invitation to sexual touching; and
  • making sexually explicit material available to a child.

Hunt is scheduled to appear in court on February 16.

This investigation began in January 2017 when the RCMP’s National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre was notified about a social media user allegedly uploading child pornography. The NCECC referred the case to ICE.

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