Southern Alberta teacher facing child pornography charges

By Lethbridge News Now (Geoff Smith)
January 12, 2018 - 2:37pm

LETHBRIDGE – A 44-year-old teacher on the Piikani Nation in southern Alberta has been charged with possessing, accessing, and distributing child pornography.

Mark Anderson, a resident of Pincher Creek, was arrested Thursday, Jan. 12, after an investigation by the ALERT Internet Child Exploitation unit. Pincher Creek and Piikani Nation RCMP and Lethbridge Police were also involved. ALERT said Anderson is a teacher at Brocket Elementary School, and is involved with programs such as minor sports and Scouts Canada on the reserve.

The investigation began in July 2017 when ICE was contacted by the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children about materials being uploaded on social media. ALERT said it only recently learned the user in question is a teacher.

Computers and other electronic devices were seized from Anderson’s home, according to the news release.

Anderson has a court date set for Jan. 30.

Anderson had previously been a student teacher at Sunnyside School, west of Lethbridge in the Palliser Division.  He was also featured in an article entitled "My name is Piitawotaan: How a white man was adopted into the Piikani First Nation in Southern Alberta",published by the Calgary Journal in April of 2017.

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