Edmonton, Alberta – An Alberta father has been arrested by ALERT’s Internet Child Exploitation unit for alleged sexual offences committed against three of his daughters. The alleged offences include incest, procurement for sex, and child pornography charges.
Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) arrested the 41-year-old man back in November 2016 in a small Alberta town west of Edmonton. Since the time of arrest the ICE investigation continued and additional charges have since been laid. The suspect has remained in custody and is scheduled to appear in a Evansburg court room on June 12, 2017.
A publication ban covers the name of the accused in order to help protect the victims from being identified.
The investigation began in mid-October, 2016 and involved a number of specialized police units within RCMP, Edmonton Police Service, Child and Family Services, Zebra Child Protection Centre, and Canadian Centre for Child Protection.
ICE alleges the father sexually abused his daughters multiple times over the past six years. The victims were all under the age of 18 when the offences took place. One of the daughters was procured for sex on multiple occasions, and these instances were video recorded by the father.
The victims are receiving help from a variety of support services.
The father is charged with 23 sexual offences involving his daughters, including:
- Human trafficking;
- Incest (x 2);
- Parent procuring child for sexual activity (x 2);
- Arrange a sexual offence against a child;
- Sexual assault (x 5);
- Sexual assault with a weapon (x 2);
- Sexual exploitation (x 4);
- Sexual interference;
- Invitation to sexual touching;
- Sexual interference;
- Making child pornography;
- Distributing child pornography; and
- Possession child pornography.
In addition, the accused faces 17 charges related to firearms offences, including careless storage, unauthorized possession, and possession of prohibited devices. Roughly 40 restricted handguns and rifles were seized, along with a machine gun and a dozen prohibited devices, when the suspect’s rural property was searched on November 16, 2016.
Anyone with information about this investigation, or any child exploitation offence is encouraged to contact local police or cybertip.ca.
The Zebra Child Protection Centre is a non-profit, community based organization that was established in 2002 to improve the lives of children who have suffered abuse. As the first Child Advocacy Centre of its kind in Canada, the Zebra Centre’s model was revolutionary – bring together a community of professionals under one roof to support the child throughout the entire disclosure, investigative, judicial and healing process.
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. Members of Alberta Sheriffs, Calgary Police Service, Edmonton Police Service, Lethbridge Police Service, Medicine Hat Police Service, and RCMP work in ALERT.