Strathcona County RCMP began an investigation in to a child pornography complaint at the end of Sept. 2020. As a result, on Oct. 15, 2020 a search warrant was executed at a residence in the northeast area of Sherwood Park.
During the search, several items were seized including a handgun, drug paraphernalia and what is suspected to be cocaine and crystal meth. Police located electronic equipment that contained images and videos depicting child pornography.
Police also discovered a female youth inside the residence. Although there was no evidence she was there against her will she was subsequently placed in the care of her family.
A 33-year-old male of Sherwood Park, Alta. was charged with multiple offences, including the following:
- Possession of child pornography (x2)
- Careless use of a firearm (x2)
- Possession for the purpose of trafficking
- Possession of a restricted firearm
- Unauthorized possession of a firearm
Additionally, he was charged for sexual assault on a youth from a separate ongoing police investigation.
He was released from custody with conditions following a Judicial Hearing and is scheduled to appear in Sherwood Park Provincial Court on Nov. 18, 2020 at 9:30 a.m.
If you have information about this incident or any other illegal activity, please call the Strathcona County RCMP at 780-467-7741 or call your local police. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the "P3 Tips" app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.