Edmonton, Alberta – An 11-month investigation by ALERT’s Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Unit has resulted in a 19-year-old Sherwood Park man being charged with possessing child pornography and distributing child pornography.
Edward Vukovic was arrested when ICE teams, with the assistance of Strathcona County RCMP, executed a search warrant at a residence in Sherwood Park on July 13, 2017. Several electronic devices were seized, and a preliminary search of those revealed child exploitation material. The devices have been sent to ICE’s forensic team for a more thorough examination.
Vukovic had been employed as a day camp counsellor at the Strathcona Wilderness Centre in Strathcona County for the past two years. Although he was in a position of authority, ICE currently has no evidence to suggest any offences took place against children who attended the camps.
This investigation began in August 2016 after ICE received a referral from the RCMP’s National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre.
Vukovic was released on bail with a number of conditions, including: not possessing a computer or telecommunication device capable of accessing the Internet; not being in a public place or in a private home with anyone under the age of 18; and not working or volunteering anywhere children under 16 may be present.
Anyone with information about this investigation or any child exploitation offence is encouraged to contact local police or www.cybertip.ca.
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 the Calgary Police Service, Edmonton Police Service, Lethbridge Police Service, Medicine Hat Police Service, and RCMP work in ALERT.
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