Sundre RCMP and ALERT lay 10 charges against Calgary man in Internet luring investigation

Sundre RCMP and ALERT lay 10 charges against Calgary man in Internet luring investigation

May 10, 2012

Calgary… A Calgary man has been arrested and charged with six counts of procuring, two counts of Internet luring, and two child pornography related offences allegedly committed against two victims, aged 16 and 17-years-old, both residents of Alberta.

Southern Alberta Internet Child Exploitation unit (ICE) is an integrated team made up of members from Calgary Police Service, Medicine Hat Police Service, Lethbridge Regional Police Service, and the RCMP.

The Sundre RCMP initiated the investigation in December 2011 when it received a tip from a concerned citizen relating to the well-being of one of the two alleged victims. Sundre RCMP was assisted by the ICE unit during this four-month investigation, which resulted in charges being laid on May 2, 2012.

Jason Arthur Friend, age 47, of Calgary, was charged with 10 offences, including procuring, Internet luring, possession and making child pornography.

While two victims have already been identified, investigators have not ruled out that there may be more. If anyone has information pertaining to this investigation, they are encouraged to contact Cpl. Kimberley Krasman of the southern Alberta ICE unit at 403-428-4906.

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:   
Cpl. Kimberley Krasman
Southern Alberta ICE Unit
ALERT (Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams)
403-428-4906

Candace Cook
Communications
ALERT (Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams)
780-509-3015

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).
Crime Stoppers is always anonymous.

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.