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Daniel Clayton, seen in a March interview, faces three charges related to child pornography. ((CBC))

A Calgary security expert with international intelligence experience has been charged with three offences related to child pornography.

Daniel James Clayton, 28, was arrested after an investigation that originated with the Toronto police in January, Alberta's integrated child exploitation unit said Friday.

Police seized several pieces of computer equipment after searching Clayton's home and business.

Clayton, who was arrested in April, is alleged to have been in possession of child pornography, accessed child pornography and made child pornography available to an undercover police officer.

He is free on $10,000 bail and several conditions, including prohibitions against accessing the internet and having contact with children under 16 years old. His next court date is Nov. 16.

Company sold Friday

Clayton is the founder and president of Diligence LLP, which specializes in security and risk management consulting. He has commented in media reports on a wide range of topics, from foreign hostage situations — including the kidnapping of freelance journalist Amanda Lindhout — to grocery food tampering in Calgary.

In November, Diligence released a statement after Lindhout was freed from 15 months of captivity in Somalia. Clayton clarified that his company "gained intelligence on the situation to provide several reports to the Canadian government, as well as Amanda's family, out of pure interest" but had nothing to do with hostage negotiations or her release.

Diligence has been sold as of Friday, Sarah Darrow, a spokeswoman for the company, told CBC News. However, she had no details of the deal, including whether Diligence would remain headquartered in downtown Calgary.

Clayton, who was born in Britain, served with the United Kingdom Special Forces "in direct support to the Special Air Service on counter-terrorism, intelligence and anti-narcotics operations" around the world, according to his biography.

It also states that he has worked in a "security and intelligence role" with the U.S. Department of Defence in Iraq and Afghanistan.

With files from the CBC's Andree Lau