Teacher now facing allegations of making child porn, voyeurism

By Patrick Burles - @PatrickBurles on Twitter
June 12, 2018 - 5:56pm

LETHBRIDGE – The charges against a southern Alberta teacher have been amended to include making, printing, publishing or possessing for the purpose of publishing child pornography, as well as voyeurism.

Previously, Mark Anderson of Pincher Creek had faced charges of possessing, accessing, and distributing child porn. The possessing and accessing charges remain as part of the new information.

A member of ALERT (Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams) confirmed the amendment Tuesday evening, June 12, following a court appearance earlier in the day in Pincher Creek. They could not however, comment on the allegations behind the amended charges.

The 44-year-old teacher who had been working on the Piikani Nation was arrested on Jan. 12, after an investigation by the ALERT Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) unit. It also involved Pincher Creek and Piikani Nation RCMP, as well as the Lethbridge Police Service.

According to police, the investigation began in July of 2017, when ICE was contacted by the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children about materials being uploaded on social media. The timeline on the investigation was then accelerated when police learned that Anderson was teaching at the Napi’s Playground Elementary School in Brocket.

Anderson has been suspended by the Peigan Board of Education. He is barred from having any contact with students or going onto school property.

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