Police have arrested a Calgary man on child luring and child pornography charges after a 13-year-old girl's mother in Tennessee discovered sexual material on the teen's phone.
"The internet knows no boundaries, so police forces need to work together to keep our children safe," Calgary police Det. Sean Spence said Friday in a release.
"This could have just as easily been a young person much closer to home who was the victim."
Authorities in Bartlett, Tenn., began investigating the case more than a year ago after the teen's mother contacted them in January 2016.
She had found explicit conversations on her daughter's phone and police believe nude photographs were also being shared through a social media application.
Homeland Security involved
Bartlett police involved the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in May 2016, who contacted authorities in Alberta, as the suspect was believed to be in Calgary.
The suspect was tracked to a home in the city's southeast and 10 electronic devices were seized from the property when police executed a search warrant.
Kyle Wayne Jacobson, 32, was arrested this week and charged with:
- Making child pornography.
- Possessing child pornography.
- Accessing child pornography.
- Making sexually explicit material available to a child.
- Invitation to sexual touching.
- Luring a child under 18 years of age.
- Luring a child under 16 years of age.
The case was handled by a specialized unit of the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT), which involves a network of officers from police services across the province.
Bartlett is a city of roughly 55,000 people, just outside of Memphis, Tenn.
"We take crimes against persons seriously, but when you're dealing with crimes against juveniles, that's got a special place in our office," Bartlett Police Department Capt. Chris Page said in a statement.
"It's nice to see that other people who weren't necessarily invested in our original case took it as their own and saw it through to the end. It's impressive to see it happen like that."
Jacobson was released on bail and is set to make his next court appearance on May 9.
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