Edmonton, Alberta – ALERT’s Internet Child Exploitation team has charged a central Alberta man with seven charges in relation to sexual offences allegedly committed against a family member.
ICE alleges the offences took place over an approximate five-year span.
The suspect was arrested on March 9, 2023. ICE is not identifying the location of the alleged offences, nor the suspect’s name, in order to help protect the identity of the victim.
The victim is receiving a variety of specialized support and resources. Zebra Child & Youth Advocacy Centre is providing assistance and Alberta’s Children’s Services has been made aware.
The investigation began in early March 2023 after the victim disclosed to a school resource officer that they were being sexually abused by a family member. Reportedly, the victim had disclosed the abuse to trusted people, but the complaint went unheeded.
The 28-year-old man has been charged with:
Making sexually explicit material available to a child;
Making child pornography;
Transmitting child pornography;
Possession of child pornography; and
Accessing child pornography.
The suspect is schedule to appear in court on May 2, 2023.
ICE is also reiterating the public’s responsibility to protect children and report abuse. To report a concern, or potential child abuse:
Call 911 if you or the person you are reporting is in immediate danger;
Call the Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-387-5437 (KIDS) to get help if you, or children you know, are being neglected, abused or sexually exploited;
In Edmonton, complaints regarding the abuse or neglect of children can be directed to the Edmonton Police Service’s Children’s Services Crisis Unit at (780) 422-2001;
Elsewhere in Alberta, concerns for the safety and wellbeing of a child can be reported to Child Intervention Services at 1-800-638-0715.
Child exploitation concerns can also be reported anonymously at: cybertip.ca
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