EDMONTON, A.B. – A Grande Prairie man is one of 14 that were arrested across Northern Alberta for online child sexual exploitation.
Between June and October, ALERT’s Internet Child Exploitation unit recommended 33 charges be laid related to online child sexual exploitation.
Operation ICE Reign was launched in response to a noted increase in child sexual exploitation offences. In the past six years, the ICE unit has experienced a 75% increase in the number of new child sexual exploitation cases it investigates. ICE investigates offences involving child pornography, any computer-related child sexual abuse, child luring over the Internet, voyeurism involving victims under the age of 18, and child sex trade/tourism.
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The arrests took place between June and October. The accused are all men and range in age from 26 to 61 years old:
- James Morris of Grande Prairie, aged 40
- Jeremy Able of Edmonton, aged 27
- Aaron Badger of Bonnyville, aged 26
- Brian Bandura of Edmonton, aged 61
- Nicholas Bauer of Edmonton, aged 28
- Robert Caissie, of Edmonton, aged 26
- Brett Gray of Edmonton, aged 38
- Daniel Houde of Fort McMurray, aged 44
- Daniel Kozel, aged 38, of Edmonton;
- Alexandre Martin of Fort McMurray, aged 29
- Freddy Reiter of St. Albert, aged 56
- James Reiter of Spruce Grove, aged 39
- Peter Ritchie of Kikino Metis Settlement, aged 45
- Cody Roguski of Fort McMurray, aged 32
None of the accused have been deemed to work in professions of trust and/or authority, and there is no definitive link between the suspects other than the offences allegedly committed.
Operation ICE Reign investigators utilized information from a variety of agencies and partners during the investigation, including RCMP’s National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre, Cybertip, Canada Border Services Agency, Interpol, Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, Tennessee Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, and numerous RCMP detachments.
Anyone with information about this investigation, or any child exploitation offence is encouraged to contact local police or cybertip.ca.