After a joint investigation by St. Albert RCMP, the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children, and ALERT’s Internet Child Exploitation Unit, a St. Albert man was arrested for child pornography offences.
According to a release from St. Albert RCMP, a search warrant was conducted on October 23 at a residence in the Braeside neighbourhood in St. Albert — about 30 minutes outside Edmonton — which led to the arrest of the suspect.
Graeme McEachern of St. Albert has been charged with Possession of Child Pornography and Distribution of Child Pornography.
According to the release, the 26 year old was released by a Justice of the Peace and is expected in court on November 18, 2019.
He has several release conditions, including not to be in contact with anyone under the age of 16.
“Crimes against children are serious and result in lifelong emotional scars,” says Pam Robinson, Inspector in charge of St. Albert RCMP. “The RCMP takes child pornography and sexual assaults very seriously. Child safety is a priority to the RCMP.”
The investigation is in response to what police and ALERT’s Internet Child Exploitation Team call “a growing demand for child pornography” due to the “dramatic increase in this crime via the internet.”
Investigators do not believe that any children or youth of St. Albert were victimized in this investigation.
Anyone with information about this investigation, or any child exploitation offence, is encouraged to contact local police.