A major bust in Alberta has landed 10 alleged child sexual predators in handcuffs.
The Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team’s Internet Child Exploitation team executed Operation ICE Storm 3, which led to arrests in Calgary, Lethbridge and Medicine Hat.
The operation began in November 2015 aimed to focus on the largest collections, most graphic content and those trading on peer-to-peer file sharing networks.
The eight month investigation had officers conduct 30 search warrants and seize 285 computers, storage devices and mobile devices.
Around 40 terabytes of data from the devices has been analyzed so far, which is about half of what is contained on the devices confiscated and around 50,000 child sexual exploitation photos and videos have allegedly been found.
Investigators say some of the victims are as young as six-months-old and there is extreme sexual abuse depicted. ALERT does not believe any victims are from Alberta.
Troy Millington, 45, William Norn, 68, Robert Thompson, 33,Gabriel Pereira, 42, and Oscar Asensio, 41, all from Calgary, are facing charges of accessing child pornography, possession of child pornography and making child pornography available.
Robert Rogers, 42, John Tulloch, 25, both from Lethbridge, and Stefan Mogck, 35, Michael Henderson, 68, and Victor Rahal, 52, are also facing charges of accessing child pornography, possession of child pornography and making child pornography available.
ALERT arrested 10 people during Operation Ice Storm in April 2014 and eight more in Operation ICE Storm 2 in September 2015.
If you have any information about this investigation, you’re asked to contact RCMP, Crimestoppers of go to cybertip.ca. (twd)