Pre­lim hear­ing set for teen fac­ing child lur­ing, porn charges

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - Alberta - SOUTH­ERN AL­BERTA NEWS­PA­PERS

A pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing for an Oyen man fac­ing child lur­ing and pornog­ra­phy charges has been set for Dec. 3-4.

These hear­ing dates were of­fi­cially set down July 5 at the Medicine Hat Pro­vin­cial Court­house for 18-year-old Austin Palmer, who has elected to have his case heard by Court of Queen’s Bench judge and jury.

Palmer was charged fol­low­ing a joint in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­tween the Oyen RCMP and Medicine Hat ALERT’s In­ter­net Child Ex­ploita­tion (ICE) unit.

Po­lice say on Feb. 28, they were con­tacted by a par­ent who’d found con­cern­ing mes­sages on her daugh­ter’s cell­phone be­tween the her and an adult male.

Palmer was ar­rested March 5, with a search war­rant ex­e­cuted at his Oyen res­i­dence. A num­ber of elec­tronic de­vices were seized.

Charges in­clude two counts of lur­ing a child, pos­ses­sion of child pornog­ra­phy, ac­cess­ing child pornog­ra­phy, dis­tribut­ing child pornog­ra­phy and fail­ing to com­ply with pro­ba­tion or­der.

He was re­leased on a $3,000 no-cash re­cog­ni­zance in May, with his fa­ther act­ing as a surety and re­quire­ments to re­main un­der 24/7 house ar­rest in Oyen, and ab­so­lutely no ac­cess to elec­tron­ics that would give him ac­cess to the In­ter­net.

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