taber, alberta

The chairman of the police commission in Taber, south of Calgary, has been arrested and charged with child pornography offences, officials said Tuesday.

The charges arose after officials with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security contacted Canadian authorities about an alleged cyber-relationship between a Taber man and a young American girl, officials with the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT) said.

ALERT's Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Unit worked with U.S. police on the investigation.

A search warrant was executed at the home of Curtis David Paradee, 42, on Tuesday. Police seized his home computer, memory drives and related hardware for forensic examination, officials said.

Paradee was arrested and remains in custody. He faces numerous charges including accessing child pornography and communicating with a person under 16 for the purpose of committing an offence.

Investigators allege Paradee posed as a teenage boy to interact via various social media with a 15-year-old girl in the New York area.

He is accused of asking the girl to perform sexual acts on live video chats.

The offences are alleged to have happened between July and October 2010.

Paradee has been a member of the Taber police commission for five years, officials said. He lives in the town of 7,500 people with his wife and children.

His first court date is June 21.

Taber is about 200 kilometres southeast of Calgary.