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Red Deer man charged with sextortion

Faces multiple child pornography offences
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On May 11, 2023, Red Deer RCMP charged a Red Deer resident with child luring and multiple child pornography offences. (File photo by Advocate staff)

A 30-year-old Red Deer man who has been charged with child porn offences allegedly sextorted a victim in the United States.

Red Deer RCMP said the suspect was charged with child luring and multiple child pornography offences on May 11.

Police said he allegedly engaged in sexually explicit online chats with a young female victim in Illinois. The victim was sextorted into providing photos and videos, which he later tried to sell.

Red Deer General Investigative Section (GIS) conducted a joint investigation with ALERT’s Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) unit. The FBI was also involved in the investigation.

Mark Andrada was charged with possession of child pornography, exporting child pornography, accessing child pornography, child luring, and print/publish/make child pornography.

Andrada appeared before a Justice of the Peace and was released. His next court appearance is set for June 9 at the Alberta Court of Justice in Red Deer.

Anyone with information about this matter is asked to contact the Red Deer RCMP at 403-406-2300 or your their local police. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or using the “P3 TIPS” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.

To report crime online, or for access to RCMP news and information, download the Alberta RCMP app through Apple or Google Play.



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Susan Zielinski

About the Author: Susan Zielinski

Susan has been with the Red Deer Advocate since 2001. Her reporting has focused on education, social and health issues.
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