Recent child porn investigation leads to the arrest of Edmonton father

Recent child porn investigation leads to the arrest of Edmonton father

June 8, 2012

Edmonton…Following the rescue of a young Edmonton victim on May 25, ALERT has now charged a second man with sexual assault and several child pornography offences allegedly committed against his now five-year-old daughter.

ALERT’s Northern Alberta Internet Child Exploitation unit (ICE), an integrated team made up of Edmonton Police Service and RCMP members, started an investigation on May 23 after receiving information about pornographic material involving a child that appeared to have originated from Canada.

In working with several partners, ICE North confirmed the young victim’s identity within 48 hours. The first accused, the young victim’s uncle, was arrested on May 26 and is charged with sexual assault and several child pornography offences.

On June 7, ICE North arrested a second man, the young victim’s father, for a number of offences related to this investigation.

Due to a publication ban protecting the victim’s identity, the accused cannot be named. A 34-year-old Edmonton man is charged with sexual assault, sexual interference, incest, accessing child pornography, possession of child pornography and making child pornography.

“Following last week’s arrest, I said that our team is always open to the possibility of more suspects,” said ICE North’s Sgt. Mike Lokken. “While charges are now laid against a second man, we continue to work on the forensics aspect of this investigation to gather more information.”

The accused made his first court appearance today.

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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Media inquiries may be directed to:
Jill Baird
Communications
Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT)
780-509-3028

Link to the previous media release on this file

Members of the public who suspect drug or gang activity in their community can call local police, or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
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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.