A civilian employee of the Edmonton Police Service (EPS) is facing child exploitation charges, the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT) announced Tuesday.
In a release, ALERT said the investigation began in February after investigators were alerted to a Victoria Police Service investigation. Officers with the Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) team were told that a man had been communicating with an undercover Victoria police officer and had attempted to arrange for sex with a child.
“When the suspect began chatting online with the undercover operator he was chatting with what he believed to be a parent in Victoria and he was making arrangements with what he believed to be that parent’s child,” Insp. Dave Dubnyk, with ALERT, said.
Victoria ICE officers alerted ICE officers in Edmonton and police searched a southeast home. A number of computers were seized in the search.
— ALERT (@ALERT_AB) April 11, 2017
Aaron Rothwell, 41, was arrested April 7. He is charged with agreement to commit a sexual offence against a child, making child pornography and distributing child pornography.
“The search warrant was executed at his east Edmonton home, during which several electronics were seized,” Dubnyk said. “As part of this investigation, Mr. Rothwell’s EPS work computer has also been seized, and all of these devices will be subject for forensic examination as this investigation continues.”
Rothwell worked as an IT specialist with the EPS for about nine years and had no contact with the public. He was suspended without pay the day of his arrest.
ALERT said there is no information any children were harmed.
Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact their local police department.