Police say they’re sickened after arresting a female Red Deer day care worker for sexually assaulting her four-year-old son and producing child pornography from the crimes.
The arrest last Month of a man in Idaho for possessing a large amount of child pornography led authorities to the Red Deer woman, who was arrested Wednesday at the day care where she’s employed.
Her toddler son has been safely placed with relatives, said Insp. Dave Dubnyk of the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT), who voiced disgust at the alleged crimes.
“It is absolutely disturbing — it’s a heinous crime committed on a child by a person meant to protect them,” said Dubnyk, adding the photo images were sent to a suspect in Idaho by email.
“None of us can understand why these incidents happen…this child was rescued from a tragic and abusive situation.”
Authorities in Idaho arrested Peter Allen Cash, 39, of Nampa, on May 18 following a multi-agency investigation and charged him with nine counts of sexual exploitation of a child. According to a release from Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, Cash also has child pornography possession charges pending in Missouri.
“Officials expedited their investigation and arrest after learning that Cash intended to leave the United States this week and move to Canada,” Wasden said in the May 19 statement.
Idaho cops say he planned to travel to Canada the day after he was arrested, while their ALERT counterparts say they believe he was headed to Red Deer.
“There’s always a concern if the abuse is ongoing or if it could have escalated,” said Dubnyk, adding police aren’t certain of the entire extent of the relationship between the Red Deer woman and Cash.
The 43-year-old woman, who is not being named to protect the identify of the victim, was charged with sexual assault, sexual exploitation, making child pornography, distributing child pornography, possessing child pornography, and accessing child pornography.
She’s been released pending a July 16 court appearance and on condition she avoid contact with her son.
Cash remains in custody in the Canyon County Jail in Caldwell, ID on a $1 million bond and appears in court next on June 16.
While conducting a forensic examination of Cash’s electronic devices, investigators discovered one of the victims was from Red Deer and quickly zeroed in on a suspect.
An affadavit of probable cause states after being tipped off by Google last February, Idaho investigators also discovered 44 videos containing hard core sex acts involving children, mainly young girls.
They also claim to have found hundreds of similar photos on Cash’s phone.
Dubnyk said it’s unclear how long the woman — who has no criminal record — was engaged in the activity, but police in Idaho say they suspect Cash was a long-time child porn viewer.
“Peter would not tell us how long he has been downloading child pornography, but he made it sound like it’s been years,” states the affadavit.
Police do not believe her alleged offences were committed at the day care or involved any children from the business, but have notified parents of children who go there.
Dubnyk said the alleged young victim is receiving psychological support.
“Outwardly, the child appears to be fine but with a crime this heinous there could be consequences as the child gets older,” he said.
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43 yr old woman arrested at daycare accused of sexually ass. 4 yr old son not known to cops, is now free
— bill kaufmann (@BillKaufmannjrn) June 2, 2016