Saskatoon

Russell Wolfe child porn case in Saskatoon has two unidentified teens

Police are still trying to identify two teenage girls they say are getting sexually abused on video files seized from Russell Dennis Wolfe's computer.

Investigators still trying identify and locate two teens from seized video

Russell Wolfe (Dan Zakreski/CBC)

They are the lost girls in the Russell Wolfe child pornography investigation.

The 56-year-old Saskatoon man is facing 35 charges relating to an ongoing child pornography investigation.  His lawyer says he will be pleading not-guilty to all of the charges.

Police allege that Wolfe filmed himself sexually assaulting at least ten teenage girls from Saskatoon's inner city between 1997 and 2007. Investigators first came across Wolfe during a national child pornography investigation in the spring of 2014.

When they seized his computer and hard drive, they discovered material that lead to charges of making child pornography. Wolfe is disputing the findings, which cannot be detailed because of a publication ban.

What can be reported is that police interviewed ten complainants who investigators say were sexually assaulted on video by Wolfe.

Two teens on the films, however, remain unidentified.

They are the lost girls.

Journey through the past

Ron Weir is a staff sergeant with the RCMP Internet Child Exploitation Unit.

He said that investigators drew on a wealth of community resources to try and identify the young girls on the the seized videos.

"They started going through the various school systems, using the different school boards up in Saskatoon," he said in an interview. 

"They were dealing with the different street culture groups in Saskatoon, anything through the health regions that they could. But I know the school board, in particular, was a great resource because they were going in with images of girls who were eight, nine, 10 years younger than what they are today. So we had to rely on a lot of the teachers who may have dealt with these kids in schools at that time, going through yearbooks, stuff along that line."

Some of the girls we were able to identify by identifying some of the other ones, because we would show them those pictures and they would help us as well.- S/Sgt Ron Weir

Even with all that, the identity of two of the girls remains a mystery.

The case against Wolfe is still evolving, he said.

The allegations continue to grow in number, and time frame.

It has expanded from three alleged victims assaulted between 2001 and 2004 to ten complainants assaulted between 1997 and 2007.

"It is troubling that we weren't able to identify some of those victims," he said.

"We're still obviously going to be continuing to look for them and see what can be done for them. So it's certainly not going to end at that point, we still have two unidentified females that we're going to try and track down."

Wolfe will be in court on February 2 to learn whether he'll be released on bail.

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