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Youth offender sentenced for accessing child pornography


A man who was a young offender at the time of his arrest has been sentenced to undergo assessment after entering guilty pleas of accessing child pornography in Alberta Court of Justice in Drumheller on Friday, November 10.
The offender, who cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, had been under investigation by the Alberta Integrated Child Exploitation (ICE) unit in October 2022 for accessing child pornography.
The court heard how the offender, who is a member of a south-central Alberta Hutterite colony, had voluntarily participated in an interview with RCMP upon his arrest. During this interview he confessed he had been accessing child pornography from the age of 15 and felt compelled to look at the material.
He also expressed he wanted to speak with someone regarding his problem and did not wish for the Hutterite colony to know about this issue.
It was noted the pornography had not been purchased and had been accessed from a website via a cell phone on average about once a week. Two images were found in the cache of the device, which showed they had been accessed but had not been saved and were no longer available.
The offender was ordered to undergo assessment under Section 34 of the Youth Criminal Justice Act and to return to court on March 8, 2024.
Crown prosecution stayed an adult matter related to the investigation which took place after the youth had turned 18.

Meeting slated for East Coulee Trestle Bridge future


A meeting is being held to gauge the interest in forming an association to save the East Coulee Trestle Bridge.
The bridge is very unique, and only one of two left in Canada. The wooden bridge has been identified by the National Trust for Canada as an endangered site.
Last week, a meeting was held in East Coulee with community members and experts from Wood Research and Development.
Supporters of the bridge have planned a meeting on Wednesday, November 22 at the Badlands Community Facility (BCF) to discuss the next step forward.
“At the last meeting, we asked people who would be interested in setting up the new society. In this meeting, we‘ll be taking names, and the one after that, we’ll be forming a society," said local resident John Barry Graham. “We’ll also be talking to the community to explain the next steps. We want to get an assessment of the bridge done to determine the extent of the damage over the years and hopefully put numbers on the cost of restoration. It might not be much more than the cost to demolish the bridge.”
Restoration of the bridge could serve as a part of the valley’s pathway system, an attraction and a community connector.
The meeting will be held at the BCF on Wednesday, November 22 at 6:30 p.m.

Stettler woman receives 44 day sentence following firearms complaint


A Stettler woman was sentenced to a total of 44 days in custody after entering guilty pleas to charges of possessing a weapon for dangerous purpose, careless use of a firearm, and breaching probation in Alberta Court of Justice in Drumheller on Friday, November 10.
Crystal Primrose, 30, will also serve a two year probation term following the incarceration and will be under a 10 year weapon ban.
The court heard on September 15 of this year at approximately 8:45 a.m. Drumheller RCMP responded to a call regarding the discharge of a firearm from a vehicle travelling north on Highway 56.
The suspect vehicle, in which Ms. Primrose was a passenger, swerved into the southbound lane in an attempt to hit the victim’s vehicle; the victim then began following the suspect vehicle until it was alleged Ms. Primrose opened the window of the vehicle and pointed a rifle at the victims.
Three shots were fired while the vehicles continued driving along Highway 56, at which point the victims began following at a distance until the vehicle stopped at a residence in the hamlet of Rumsey about 50 kilometres northwest of Drumheller.
Drumheller RCMP arrested both Ms. Primrose and a co-accused, James Hussey, without incident at the residence.
At the time of her arrest, Ms. Primrose was under a 12 month suspended sentence from March 2023, of which she was in breach.
Defense noted, at the time of the incident Ms. Primrose had been asleep in the passenger seat of the vehicle after a night out, and when she woke up noticed the vehicle was being tailgated. She made the decision to fire some warning shots at the vehicle with her “gopher gun,” though there was no intent to hit the individuals or the vehicle.
Crown and defense entered a joint submission of a 44 day sentence followed by a two year probation. Given pre-trial custody of 29 days at an enhanced rate, Ms. Primrose was released and ordered to have no contact with two named individuals, and forfeit the firearm used in the incident. She will also be subject to a mandatory 10 year firearm ban.
It was noted Ms. Primrose does not know the victims, though they are known by her co-accused.
Remaining charges against Ms. Primrose were withdrawn.


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