man among those charged after investigation into online child sexual exploitation

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man among those charged after investigation into online child sexual exploitation

Unread postby PRVira » Fri Oct 21, 2016 12:28 pm

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Alberta's Law Enforcement Response Team has arrested and charged 14 men following a five-month investigation into online child sexual exploitation.

Inspector Dave Dubnyk of ALERT says thousands of photos and videos of children being abused were seized as a result of the probe, dubbed ``Operation ICE Reign.''

He says in this particular operation, none of the accused persons were making the child pornography, but are accused of uploading it and making it available to others.

Among the suspects is 40 year old James Morris of Grande Prairie, who has been charged with possession of child pornography and distribution/selling of child pornography.

Dubnyk says they received information pointing to Morris in mid July of this year. It came through an internet provider in the United States who has an obligation to report it when they discover uploaded child exploitation images.

"They reported it to our national Child Exploitation Coordination Centre in Ottawa who in turn reported it to us. On September 20th of this year, we executed a search warrant at the residence Mr. Morris was living and at that time he was arrested."

Dubnyk says investigators seized two devices from Morris' possession.

"One particular item of interest for us was Mr. Morris' previous criminal record including a conviction; in I believe it was in 2010, for possessing child pornography."

Morris appeared in Grande Prairie Provincial Court on Wednesday. The matter has been put over to November 2, 2016 while he is still trying to get legal aid in order.

There were 13 other men charged in the case. They range in age from 26 to 61 years of age.

Inspector Dave Dubnyk wants to reiterate that these types of investigations should be left up to the professionals and not vigilante groups.

"The bottom line is it's such a specific type of investigation. Our investigators go through tremendous amounts of training and they have a great expertise in this field. And just in general terms, we just could never condone or encourage any kind of vigilante type of groups, whether it's this particular crime, or any other crime for that matter.”

"We have a level of justice in this country and really want it to be left to the police to investigate these crimes."



- Sheena Roszell/w files from the Canadian Press/cg



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