Calgary… ALERT’s Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Unit has arrested a member of the Calgary Police Service for child pornography offences.
Thomas Buttle was arrested on March 8, 2018. The 33-year-old man was charged with possessing, accessing, and making available child pornography. His Calgary home was searched and a number of computers and electronic devices were seized.
Child pornography images were found as the result of a forensic preview. A complete forensic examination will now be undertaken by ICE forensic technicians.
ICE began its investigation in January 2018 when the unit received a referral from the RCMP’s National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre in relation to an unknown social media user uploading child sexual exploitation materials. ICE conducted an investigation to identify the user, and only recently learned the suspect was a police officer.
Currently, ICE has no information to suggest he offended on any children, but is encouraging anyone with information about this case to come forward and contact police. Anyone with information about this investigation or any child exploitation offence is encouraged to contact local police or cybertip.ca.
The investigation was carried out by ALERT’s ICE Unit, which is an integrated team comprised of Calgary Police, RCMP, and civilian staff members.
Buttle has been released from custody and is scheduled to appear in court on March 21, 2018.
ALERT was established and is funded by the Alberta Government and is a compilation of the province’s most sophisticated law enforcement resources committed to tackling serious and organized crime. Members of Calgary Police Service, Edmonton Police Service, Lethbridge Police Service, Medicine Hat Police Service, and RCMP work in ALERT.