Eckville man facing about 80 child sexual exploitation charges in court

More than half a million photos and videos found on electronic devices

A special Crown prosecutor handling the case of an Eckville man facing more than 80 child sexual exploitation charges has yet to hear from the accused man’s lawyer.

Christopher Juneau appeared in Red Deer provincial court through a closed-circuit video link from the Red Deer Remand Centre, where he has been in custody since mid-January.

Judge Jim Mitchell expressed concern that no one had contacted the special prosecutions office on Juneau’s behalf, or requested disclosure, information and evidence that support the charges.

Juneau needs to get in touch with his lawyer or apply to legal aid to have one appointed, said the judge, pointing out the gravity of the charges he is facing.

Juneau said he is in his cell 23 hours a day and has trouble getting hold of his lawyer in the only hour he has each day to try to get access to a phone.

He is not eligible for legal aid because he earned too much money last year, he said.

Mitchell directed that Juneau return to court next Friday to provide an update on what progress had been made with his lawyer.

Juneau was arrested by Sylvan Lake RCMP on Jan. 10 after Australian police tipped off the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team’s internet child exploitation unit about a suspect involved in trading child pornography images online.

Investigators searched homes in Eckville and Fox Creek associated with the suspect. A number of computers and electronic devices were seized and submitted for forensic analysis. Half a million photos and videos were found.

Earlier this month, the response team announced that more than 70 additional charges had been laid against Juneau after other alleged victims came forward, and forensic analysis had revealed the contents of his computers and other electronic devices.

It is now alleged Juneau sexually assaulted at least eight child victims dating back to 2013. The new charges include seven counts each of sexual assault, sexual contact with a child and sexual counselling of a child, as well as a single count of administering a noxious substance.

He has also been charged with 13 counts each of possession of child porn, accessing child porn; making, printing or publishing child porn, as well as numerous counts of voyeurism and distributing or selling child porn. He has also been charged with two counts of breaching court orders.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

1,200 runners came out to Woody’s RV Marathon in Red Deer

Red Deer’s Matthew Hope ran in the Woody’s RV World Marathon for… Continue reading

Two men steal 16 year old’s car at gunpoint in Alberta

RCMP are looking for two men who allegedly produced a handgun and… Continue reading

Mother of five who died in hit and run in central Alberta a huge loss to family, police say

Rocky Mountain House RCMP continue to investigate hit and killed case on… Continue reading

‘Rope-a-dope’: Environmentalists say Alberta war room threat won’t distract them

EDMONTON — Environmental groups targeted by Alberta Premier Jason Kenney are shrugging… Continue reading

Speed, alcohol considered factors in deadly Calgary crash: police

CALGARY — The Calgary Police Service says two people are dead after… Continue reading

WATCH: First Red Deer Market of 2019

The event is held every Saturday in the Servus Arena parking lot

Cast your votes for the Best of Red Deer

Nominations for the Best of Red Deer Readers’ Choice Awards are officially… Continue reading

Speaker stuns Morehouse grads, to pay off $40M student debt

A billionaire technology investor stunned the entire graduating class at Morehouse College… Continue reading

Unions increasingly at odds over replacing troubled Phoenix pay system

OTTAWA — The federal team charged with finding a replacement for the… Continue reading

Sisters of Ste-Anne hold unique garage sale before giving up Montreal convent

MONTREAL — The Montreal-area Sisters of Ste-Anne are hosting a unique garage… Continue reading

Canadian pilot Patrick Forseth killed in Honduras plane crash: sister

TRUJILLO, Honduras — A British Columbia woman says her pilot brother was… Continue reading

As states pass restrictive abortion laws, questions surface

ATLANTA — As multiple states pass laws banning many abortions, questions have… Continue reading

Pelosi being honoured with JFK Profile in Courage Award

BOSTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is being honoured with the 2019… Continue reading

India’s marathon national election reaches the finish line

KOLKATA, India — Voting in India’s mammoth national election ended Sunday with… Continue reading

Most Read