FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A 37-year-old Fort St. John man has been arrested by ALERT’s Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) unit for allegedly offending upon his daughter.
ICE has a tip submitted to their team based in Calgary and was able to identify the suspect allegedly uploading child sexual abuse materials online. After investigating, it was revealed the photos were that is the man’s young daughter.
ICE alleges that the man had been distributing the photos to another user online.
The man was arrested on February 8th, 2021.
Cpl. Madonna Saunderson, RCMP B.C. North District says, “These types of crimes don’t respect borders or boundaries. The cooperation and enforcement between partners needs to be seamless, and this file is an example of the efforts underway to detect, deter and investigate child exploitation files”.
Law enforcement agencies from across the country collaborated on the investigation, including ICE, Calgary Police Service, FSJ RCMP, RCMP’s National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre, and United States’ National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children.
The suspect’s name has not been released to protect the identity of the victim. The victim and family members are receiving help from specialized support services, and child services are also involved.
Items were seized for forensic analysis, including several computers and electronic devices.
The 37-year-old man has been charged with:
The investigation is still ongoing with ICE.
Anyone with information regarding this case or any other child exploitation situation is asked to contact local police or report their concern anonymously on cybertip.ca.