Trial date rescheduled for Albrecht case

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The trial date for a Drumheller man charged in a case with international ties has been rescheduled to allow the accused time to settle personal matters.

Counsel Michael James appeared on behalf of Shawn Albrecht in provincial court in Drumheller on Friday, July 22 to request the original trial date, which was previously set for Wednesday, August 3, be rescheduled.

Albrecht, 45, was arrested in January 2022 following a year-long joint investigation between the Drumheller RCMP, Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT) Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) unit, and a policing agency in the United States. He faces several charges, including making sexually explicit material available to someone under the age of 18.

Mr. James explained the accused intends to purchase the residence where he is currently residing, which belonged to his recently deceased brother.

He is currently pursuing financing options.

Due to ongoing arrangements, Mr. James asked for the trial date to be rescheduled to Friday, September 23 to allow additional time for Mr. Albrecht to settle these affairs.

The Honourable Judge J. Schriar granted the request to vacate the original trial date and rescheduled the trial to September 23.

Lacie Nairn, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Drumheller Mail

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