April 12th, 2024

Youth worker in Alberta, Saskatchewan charged with child porn offences

By The Canadian Press on February 22, 2024.

The province’s Internet Child Exploitation unit says a 28-year-old suspect has been charged with child luring along with making, possessing and distributing child pornography. Alberta's provincial flag flies on a flag pole in Ottawa, Monday July 6, 2020.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

EDMONTON – A man who worked with youths at group homes, camps and lodges has been arrested by police in Alberta and charged with sexual exploitation.

The province’s Internet Child Exploitation unit says the 28-year-old suspect has been charged with child luring along with making, possessing and distributing child pornography.

Police are investigating the possibility of additional victims.

They allege the accused was involved in luring of at least one child whom he had known previously though his youth work with a Saskatchewan First Nations, using social media applications Snapchat and Facebook.

They say he had access to children through his employment in both Saskatchewan and Alberta.

The suspect has been released from custody and is to appear in court Feb. 28.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 22, 2024.

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