Another sentencing delay for Sylvan Lake pedophile

A late-arriving risk assessment report has resulted in another sentencing delay for a man busted in an international child pornography sting.

A late-arriving risk assessment report has resulted in another sentencing delay for a man busted in an international child pornography sting.

Red Deer provincial court Judge Bert Skinner heard on Wednesday that the report only arrived late Tuesday and that the Crown prosecutor, defence lawyer and the judge didn’t have time to properly assess it.

Andrew John Tettersell, 34, who appeared in court, will now be sentenced on Sept. 7, court heard.

The sentence hearing is expected to take about two hours.

Tettersell pleaded guilty last month to sexually assaulting a minor and three other related charges of accessing, producing and making available child pornography. The former Sylvan Lake resident now lives in Red Deer.

This is the second time a sentencing delay has occurred for the accused, who remains in custody.

On the first occasion, a mix-up in directions caused confusion for the ordering of a psychological and risk assessment review prior to sentencing. The pre-sentence report usually takes about two months.

Tettersell was arrested last November. He was one of 57 men charged in Canada, the U.S. and Europe after a child pornography investigation that involved 13 Canadian police services, as well as international police forces, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Tettersell was initially charged with a number of child pornography offences and released on conditions. However, the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team’s International Child Exploitation Unit, along with Red Deer RCMP, conducted a follow-up investigation and laid charges of sexual assault and sexual interference of a child younger than 14.

Tettersell was arrested again in April and has been in custody since.

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