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Eighteen Albertans arrested for child pornography offences

June 26, 2020

Eighteen people have been arrested in connection with child pornography offences in Alberta. ALERT's Internet Child Exploitation Unit says the busts involved people from across the province including three people here in Lethbridge.

The investigation took place between May 20th and June 23rd of this year and the 18 suspects will be charged with 65 offences including possession and distribution of child pornography. Eighteen year old Bryan Hernandez, 26 year old Brandon Eguizabal and 25 year old Yonatan Linares all of Lethbridge face various charges. The Internet Child Exploitation Unit received a record 243 reported cases of online child exploitation in Alberta in March. That far exceeded the unit's two year average of 110.