Edmonton man charged with child exploitation
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Edmonton man charged with child exploitation

Summary

A tip to ALERT's Cybertip line led to a search warrant at a residence in Edmonton

Cody Normand, 21, is charged with making, distributing and possessing child pornography as well as child luring.

EDMONTON (660 NEWS) – An Edmonton man has been arrested on child exploitation charges thanks to information collected from the United States through Cybertip, a reporting service operated by the Canadian Centre for Child Protection.

On January 29, 2019, investigators with ALERT’s Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Unit executed a search warrant at an apartment in downtown Edmonton.

They later arrested Cody Normand, 21, and charged him with making, distributing and possessing child pornography as well as child luring and breach of probation.

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A preview of electronic devices seized during the warrant turned up numerous child pornography images; the devices have been submitted for a more thorough forensic examination.

In May 2018. A father in El Paso, Texas, found evidence that his 10-year-old daughter was allegedly coerced into sending sexually explicit photos to a man she was chatting with online.

He contacted Cybertip directly, who passed the information on to the ICE Unit.

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“This is another example of the incredible work the ALERT investigators are doing to protect kids. Unfortunately, the reality is that, as Canada’s national tip line, we receive reports of online child sexual exploitation every single day,” said Stephen Sauer, Director of Cybertip.ca. “With new apps appearing all the time and evolving technologies, we know it can be difficult for parents to navigate online safety with their kids.”

Anyone with information about this investigation or any child exploitation offence is encouraged to contact local police or Cybertip.