TABER: There's been a twist in the child luring and child pornography case against Curtis David Paradee, the former Chairman of the Taber Police Commission.
Today Paradee's lawyer Doug Carle stated that the charge of invitation to sexual touching had been withdrawn by the Crown, as the girl was over the age of 16.
Carle explained that his office made the discovery, saying that the local Crown and police went forward with the charges without confirming the American girls age.
When contacted for comment the special prosecutor out of Calgary explained that the allegations are that Paradee began his communication with the girl when she was 15, however other issues didn't come up until after she turned 16. The prosecutor went on to say that it was allegedly at that point that Paradee asked her for nude photos.
Paradee still faces allegations of child luring, accessing child pornography and distributing it. Carle says Paradee strongly maintains his innocence, and they will go to trial.
Paradee returns to court October 11th.