UPDATE: Edmonton teacher faces additional child luring charges

Edmonton… Additional charges have been laid against an Edmonton teacher previously charged with child luring and child pornography offences.

In May, ALERT’s Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) unit received a tip from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office in Florida who had information that Brennan Gorman may have had a connection with a missing teen.

You can read the full news release here.

Gorman was subsequently arrested on May 20, 2023, at his St. Albert, Alta. home. The 27-year-old man was charged with child luring, making, transmitting, and possessing child pornography, in relation to sex offences he allegedly committed against a female youth in Parkland County.

On July 25, 2023, Gorman was rearrested in Parkland County for offences relating to his online engagement with the 14-year-old Florida teen and the Palm Beach Sheriff’s investigation. Gorman has been charged with additional counts of child luring, as well as making, transmitting, and possessing child pornography.

“In an era where boundaries can often seem invisible online, our partnerships demonstrate that commitment to justice go beyond international borders. Our collaboration stands as a testament to what can be achieved when agencies unite with a shared vision – ensuring the safety of our children and bringing predators to justice,” said a spokesperson with the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office.

“Our investigation didn’t stop when our suspect was arrested the May. Our team continued to partner with authorities in Florida and share evidence which ultimately led to these additional charges. We want to assure Albertans that even if investigations extend beyond our borders, we will do whatever it takes to protect children, regardless of their geographical location, and prosecute those who commit these horrific acts,” said Sgt. Kerry Shima, ALERT.

Gorman has been released from custody with numerous conditions. He is scheduled to appear in court on August 14, 2023.

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.