TABER: The Chairman of the Taber Police Commission and a member of the Alberta Association of Police Governance, 42-year old Curtis David Paradee, has been arrested and charged.
He's accused of accessing child pornography, communicating via computer with a person under 18 for the purpose of committing an offence, communicating via computer with a person under 16 for the purpose of committing an offence, invite/counsel/incite a person under the age of 16 to touch.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security brought the issue to the attention of Canadian authorities in 2010. They reported that a young female in the United States was allegedly involved in a cyber-relationship through social media. It's also alleged that the offences occured between July and October of 2010.
Tuesday the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team's Internet Child Exploitation Unit executed a search warrant at Paradee's home, seizing computers and related hardware for examination.
Paradee has been released from custody on various conditions, such as not having any access to a computer.
The vice chair of the Taber Police Commission will become acting chair until their next meeting.