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A 37-year-old Fort St John man has been arrested after allegedly making child pornography involving his young daughter.
According to the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team, following a tip to Calgary's Internet Child Exploitation team (ICE), investigators were able to identify a suspect who was allegedly uploading child sexual abuse material online. Further investigation revealed the photos were of the suspect's daughter.
ICE alleged that the suspect was sharing the "disturbing photos" to another user online. The suspect was arrested on Feb. 8.
"Our primary concern was the health and well-being of that child," said Sgt. Randy Poon. "Once we received that tip, our investigators sprang into action and made an arrest as quickly as possible."
Law enforcement from across Canada collaborated on the investigation. This included members from ICE, the Calgary Police Service, Fort St John RCMP, RCMP's National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre and more.
“These types of crimes don’t respect borders or boundaries," said Cpl. Madonna Saunderson. "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.”
A number of computer and electronic devices were seized for forensic analysis. The suspect has been charged with making child pornography, distributing child pornography, possessing child pornography, accessing child pornography, accessing child pornography and several firearm offenses.
The suspect's name is not being released in order to protect the victim. The victim and family members are receiving help from a variety of special services.
This investigation is ongoing.