October 16th, 2018

Child porn suspect facing new charges


By Shurtz, Delon on June 14, 2018.

Delon Shurtz

Lethbridge Herald

dshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com

A southern Alberta teacher charged earlier this year with child pornography-related offences is facing two new charges.

Mark Anderson, who was initially charged with possessing, accessing and distributing child pornography, has also been charged with making, printing, publishing or possessing for the purpose of publishing child pornography, as well as voyeurism.

The case was in Pincher Creek provincial court this week where the Crown introduced the replacement information. The new information no longer includes one of the original charges of distributing child pornography.

Crown prosecutor Martha O’Connor of specialized prosecutions branch in Calgary, said Wednesday the new charges were laid as a result of an ongoing police investigation.

Anderson, 44, of Pincher Creek, was arrested Jan. 11 following an investigation by the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team Internet Child Exploitation Unit with help from Pincher Creek RCMP, Piikani Nation RCMP and Lethbridge Police Service.

The investigation began in July 2017 when ICE received a referral from the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children concerning a social media user uploading child sexual exploitation material. Police said none of the images appeared to have originated in southern Alberta.

Anderson was involved in various youth-oriented community programs on the Piikani Nation Reserve, including minor sports and Scouts Canada. He was also teaching at Napi’s Playground Elementary School, but was suspended from teaching and barred from Peigan Board of Education property.

The case is scheduled to return to court June 26.

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