Saskatoon man faces 35 child porn charges

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SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Association)- In one of the largest child pornography cases in Saskatchewan, a Saskatoon man is accused of 35 offences involving 14 young girls who appeared in graphic photos and videos, RCMP said Thursday.

Russell Wolfe, 55, was initially charged in May 2014 with nine offences related to accessing and possessing child pornography.

But after police examined Wolfe’s computers and devices, an additional 26 charges, including making child pornography, were laid, Mounties said.

Wolfe turned himself in to police Tuesday and appeared in Saskatoon provincial court the following day. The judge reserved his decision on bail until Tuesday.

The victims are all girls from the Saskatoon area who were between the ages of nine and 17 at the time, Sgt. Ron Weir, of the province’s Internet child exploitation unit, said Thursday.

Weir said 12 of the 14 girls in the material have been identified and police have located 10 of them.

All of the alleged crimes happened in Saskatoon between 1997-2010, police said.

Weir said the public has cause to be worried if Wolfe is released.

“Anytime we have those kinds of people out there charged with these offences, there’s concerns. However, it’s in the court’s hands.”

Wolfe’s charges include nine counts of producing child pornography, six counts of sexual assault and sexual interference, and eight counts of procuring the sexual services of a person under 18.

Wolfe first came on police radar as part of a national child pornography investigation called Project Snapshot III that led to as many as 150 arrests, RCMP said.

 

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