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Wednesday, August 4, 2021
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Man from Lethbridge, one from Cardston accused in child porn investigation

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A total of 26 Albertans, including two local men, are facing charges in connection to an alleged online child sexual exploitation investigation.

The Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team’s Internet Child Exploitation unit (ALERT ICE unit) identified numerous suspects between June and mid-September of this year.

Most of the arrests came as the result of investigative referrals from the RCMP.

ALERT Chief Executive Officer, Superintendent Dwayne Lakusta says these arrests demonstrate the willingness of police to travel across the province to put predators behind bars.

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Police say 41 year old Sean Giles of Lethbridge and 28 year old Stephen Miehe of Cardston, are two of several people facing charges related to child pornography.

ALERT says there is no definitive link between any of the more than two dozen suspects.

Investigators speculate the rise in the number of investigative referrals is likely in part related to digital dependency during COVID-19 isolation measures.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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