The Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team's Internet Child Exploitation Unit has charged two Lethbridge men along with 8 others from Calgary and Medicine Hat.
Operation ICE Storm 3 has led to the arrest of 10 child sexual exploitation suspects. ALERT’s Internet Child Exploitation team made the arrests in Calgary, Medicine Hat, and Lethbridge. Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) team initiated Operation ICE Storm 3 in November 2015 and focused on high-level targets that were sharing and distributing vast collections of child sexual exploitation photos and videos. ICE is an integrated team that includes members of Calgary Police, Lethbridge Police, and Medicine Hat Police, and RCMP members. ICE investigates offences involving child pornography, any computer-related child sexual abuse, child luring over the Internet, voyeurism involving victims under the age of 18, and child sex trade/tourism. Over the past eight months, ICE investigators conducted 30 search warrants across Southern Alberta and seized 285 computers, mobile devices, and storage drives. Approximately half of the devices seized have been analyzed thus far, representing 40 terabytes of data, and nearly 50,000 child sexual exploitation photos and videos have been identified. Some of the victims in the photos are estimated to be as young as 6 months and depict extreme sexual abuse. At this point of the investigation, ICE investigators do not believe any of the victims are from Alberta, or that any hands-on offences had taken place. Operation ICE Storm 3 focused on child sexual exploitation photos and videos being traded on peer-to-peer file sharing networks. ICE prioritized suspects with the largest collections and some of the most graphic content. A total of 10 suspects were arrested and each face charges of possession of child pornography, access child pornography, and make available child pornography. None of the accused individuals are considered to be in positions of public trust and/or authority. - Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team
- Troy Millington, 45, of Calgary;
- William Norn, 68, of Calgary;
- Robert Rogers, 42, of Lethbridge;
- Robert Thompson, 33, of Calgary;
- John Tulloch, 25, of Lethbridge;
- Stefan Mogck, 35, of Medicine Hat;
- Michael Henderson, 68, of Medicine Hat;
- Gabriel Pereira, 42, of Calgary;
- Victor Rahal, 52, of Medicine Hat;
- Oscar Asensio, 41, of Calgary.