Medicine Hat, Alberta – Over the last two months at least three teenage girls in the Medicine Hat area reported incidents where they were contacted online through Facebook by someone unknown to them who was using the name ‘Ted Mitchell‘. The suspect requested the victim’s Snapchat username. When denied the request, ‘Ted Mitchell’ would send the victim a sexually explicit image of themselves they had previously posted online. The suspect threatened to send the images to the victims’ friends & family and to punish them if they did not comply.
An investigation was conducted by the Southern Alberta ICE Unit and on September 15, 2016, a residential search warrant was executed on a rural property near Standoff, Alberta. 19-year-old Skylar PANTHERBONE was located and arrested at scene without incident.
Numerous electronic devices were located and an initial examination by forensic technicians located evidence implicating PANTHERBONE in the offences.
1.) Possess Child Pornography
2.) Access Child Pornography
3.) Distribute Child Pornography
5.) Two counts of Utter Threats to Cause Death/Bodily Harm
The investigation is ongoing with potential for additional charges after complete examination of the electronic devices seized.
PANTHERBONE had his bail hearing on September 15, 2016. He has been released with numerous conditions to appear in Cardston Provincial Court on September 26, 2016.
Medicine Hat Police Service