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Canadian police commission chairman arrested for having cyber-relationship with U.S. girl

TABER, CANADA (BNO NEWS) — The chairman of a Canadian police commission was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly having a cyber-relationship with a young girl in the United States, authorities said.

Curtis David Paradee, 42, has been charged with communicating via a computer with a person under 16 for the purpose of committing an offense, invite/counsel/incite a person under the age of 16 to touch, and accessing child pornography.

Paradee served as the Chairman of the police commission in Taber, a town in Alberta province, for the past four months and has been a member of the commission for more than five years. In connection to these duties, Paradee also serves with the Alberta Association of Police Governance in an executive capacity.

According to authorities, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) alerted Canadian authorities of illegal activity in 2010, reporting that a young girl from the United States was allegedly in a cyber-relationship with Paradee using various social media. The relationship allegedly lasted from July 2010 to October 2010.

On Tuesday, a search warrant was executed at Paradee’s residence where police seized several computers and computer-related hardware for forensic examination. It was not immediately known if these devices contained child pornography.

Paradee is expected to appear for a judicial hearing to set a court date.

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