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Calgary man charged after FBI-led child porn probe

A Calgary man is facing several charges related to child pornography following an investigation led by FBI agents in Philidelphia, police revealed on Wednesday.

A Calgary man is facing several charges related to child pornography following an investigation led by FBI agents in Philadelphia, police revealed on Wednesday.

The 35-year-old was arrested Tuesday and charged with possession, accessing, and making and distributing child pornography, officials with the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT) said.

ALERT's Southern Alberta Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Unit worked with an undercover operation that was spearheaded by members of the FBI's division in Philadelphia, police said.

At least one of the suspect's alleged victims was a Calgary child, said acting Insp. Steve Lorne, who speaks for the ICE unit.

"All I know is that the suspect is known to the family, and that he did have access because of the trust that he built up with that family," Lorne said.

FBI officials contacted police in this country after an undercover agent had an online conversation with a Calgary resident, Lorne said.

"Through that interaction [the suspect] actually shared about two dozen images of child pornography," he said.

No other details were revealed.

The suspect is being kept in custody while the investigation continues, and he could face more charges, police said.

ALERT is an umbrella group established by the province to bring together the most sophisticated law enforcement resources to fight serious and organized crime.

The ICE Unit investigates sexual exploitation of children through the internet and carries out public education and prevention programs.