Seven Saskatchewan men arrested in child porn bust
Seven Saskatchewan men have been charged after possessing and distributing child pornography.
An online investigation by the Saskatchewan Intergrated Child Explotation (ICE) Unit led police to charge Dean Cory Shalanski, 26, Corey Allan Lorenz, 48, and James Iverson, 35, from Regina, Stephen Meers, 50, and Gordon Runn, 25, from Moose Jaw, Christopher Schut, 29, from Churchbridge, and Jack John Tellizzari, 58, from Saskatoon.
Police executed nine search warrants between Feb. 1 and April 21. Numerous computers and other electronics were seized. Investigators will run a detailed forensic analysis on the computers.
Several locations in Saskatchewan were identified by police, including Churchbridge, Moose Jaw, Raymore, Regina and Saskatoon.
The seven men have appeared in court and have been released on conditions as their matters proceed through the courts.
Staff Sergeant Ron Weir with ICE Unit doesn't believe the men were involved with the children.
"We would certainly initiate an investigation into that but we have no indication at this point who the children were or where these photos were stemming from," says Weir.
The men were charged separately and their charges are not connected, say police.
The Saskatchewan ICE Unit is comprised of the RCMP, the Regina Police Service, the Saskatoon Police Service and the Prince Albert Police Service.
Edited by News Talk Radio's Michael Aynsley
First reported on Friday, May 27, 2011 at 12:40 p.m.