Foster parent facing child porn charges

By Trish Audette And Brent Wittmeier, Edmonton JournalDecember 3, 2011

An Alberta foster parent and foster care supervisor is facing criminal charges in connection to possessing and distributing child pornography.

The province's Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) team was tipped off by the FBI in Connecticut. They had flagged online distribution of child pornography that seemed to be coming from a home in Lac La Biche, about 230 kilometres northeast of Edmonton.

ICE and Lac La Biche RCMP officers searched a home Thursday and seized computer equipment and electronic storage devices. An arrest was made by Bonnyville RCMP.

Daniel Quiring Stoesz, 62, appeared Friday in Lac La Biche court and was remanded. He is expected to appear in court again Monday.

A further search of the suspect's workplace at Alberta's Ministry of Human Services in Lac La Biche led to police seizing more computer equipment on Thursday.

An FBI spokesman would not comment on the organization's involvement in the case, since it is now in the hands of Canadian authorities. ICE was tipped off in August, said Sgt. Mike Lokken, who declined to describe the nature of the FBI tip.

"These investigations take time," Lokken said. "There are certain processes, investigative process and different things we have to do to do things properly."

Forensic technicians will examine "every nook and cranny" of the seized equipment, Lokken said. But there's nothing at this point to indicate Stoesz was manufacturing child pornography.

An Alberta Human Services spokeswoman, Kathy Telfer, said Friday that Stoesz had worked for regional foster services in St. Paul for more than 10 years. Stoesz is also a foster parent himself.

Telfer said the foster children formerly in his care are safe and with a responsible adult.

Alberta Foster Parent Association executive director Katherine Jones said the charges were shocking.

"All we can do is wait and let the police do their job," she said. "This isn't something that should ever happen. . . . It just puts a real cloud over everybody when these things come out in the media."

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