An Edmonton man faces several charges related to a sexual exploitation case in a nearby community.
St. Albert RCMP began the investigation in late February after receiving information that a minor had been sexually exploited by a teacher.
As a result, 28-year-old Bryce Hughes of Edmonton was charged with:
- Sexual exploitation
- Agree or arrange a sexual offence against a child
- Making sexually explicit material available to a child
- Making child pornography
- Possession of child pornography
Hughes was released from police custody with conditions and is set to appear in court on Apr. 25.
The St. Albert Victim Services unit has reached out to assist the victim. Police believe there could be additional victims and encourage those individuals to come forward.
On Thursday (Mar. 31), St. Albert Public Schools released a statement saying they were notified a staff member had been charged with five criminal charges, including sexual exploitation of a student.
"We were made aware of allegations in mid-February, which immediately launched an internal investigation. At that time, this individual was removed from the high school and was directed not to have contact with any individuals associated with St. Albert Public Schools," wrote the school district in a statement.
No further details can be provided.