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ALERT arrests Calgary man on child exploitation charges

Atotal of 26 charges were laid against a Calgary man relating to child pornography and luring involving six female victims.

Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams' integrated child exploitation unit (ICE) has laid a total of 26 charges against a Calgary man relating to child pornography and luring involving six female victims.

Investigators allege the accused, Carl Ryan, 27, approached his victims on a popular social networking website.

He was originally arrested on August 12, 2009 and charged with one count of luring and three counts relating to child pornography involving one victim.

Subsequently, the investigation revealed five more victims. Police laid 22 additional charges today against Ryan connected to luring and child pornography.

All of the victims are from Calgary and range in age from 12 to 17.

Ryan made a court appearance this morning in Calgary. He is not in custody but has been placed under a number of court conditions that bar the accused from possessing computers, accessing the Internet and having contact with anyone under 16 years of age.

"We encourage parents to get involved with their children on the Internet and learn with them how to be safe online," said Cpl. Kimberley Krasman, a Calgary-based ICE investigator. "We need to be as vigilant teaching our children to be safe on the Internet as we are in teaching them to be safe when going to the playground."

Cpl. Krasman said there are several websites, including getwebwise.ca, weron2u.ca, badguypatrol.ca and cybertip.ca, which contain information about protecting children from online predators.

Police have concluded this investigation but ask anyone with additional information to contact Det. Sean Chartrand at 403-206-5720.

ICE investigates the sexual exploitation of children through the Internet and works to reduce harm through public education and prevention programs.

ALERT is an umbrella organization established by the Government of Alberta to bring together the province's most sophisticated law enforcement resources to tackle serious and organized crime. Close to 400 municipal police, RCMP and sheriffs work for ALERT.