Grande Prairie man with connections to Junior hockey teams facing eight child exploitation charges

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GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. — The Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team have laid a number of child pornography charges against a Grande Prairie man, and police believe there may be additional victims in Northern B.C., Northern Alberta, the Northwest Territories, and as far away as Australia.

34 year-old Jonathan Karl Bruenig was arrested by ALERT’s Internet Child Exploitation Unit on January 23rd on allegations that he used a number of online personas in order to lure teenage boys. Police say that Bruenig’s name would be unfamiliar to suspected victims, as it is alleged that he often posed as a teenage girl on social media. The allegations have not been proven in court.

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The ICE unit alleges that Bruenig’s online conversations would progress from sexualized chats to sharing explicit photos and videos. He is also accused of attempting to make arrangements to meet with the boys.

Bruenig was arrested at his home with the help of local RCMP members after he allegedly lured and attempted to sexually assault a boy in Grande Prairie. That incident was reported to police by a concerned relative.

Bruenig has been charged with two counts each of child luring, as well as making, possessing, and distributing child pornography. He remains in custody and is expected to make his first court appearance on February 12th.

Police say they are also working with agencies to investigate similar offences in Northern B.C., the Northwest Territories, and Australia, and want to identify and speak with potential victims. Bruenig has lived in the Grande Prairie and Kelowna areas and has also been involved with a number of junior hockey teams.

Anyone with information about this investigation is encouraged to call 780-509-3363, Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 222-8477, or submit information anonymously at cybertip.ca.

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