In Oct. 2023, ALERT’s Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) unit began an investigation into an man in possession of child sexual abuse materials.

On Wednesday,  Feb. 21, members of the Stettler RCMP Detachment, ALERT (Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team) and ICE executed a search warrant at a residence in Stettler.

During the search, police located and seized electronics and other storage devices that have provided evidence to support charges for transmitting, accessing and possession of child pornography as well as unauthorized possession of firearms and breach of a prohibition order.

Police have charged 36-year-old Stettler resident Daniel Benjamin Penner with:

  • Transmit child pornography
  • Accessing child pornography
  • Possession of child pornography
  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm
  • Breach of probation order

Penner who was on probation for similar charges from an investigation and conviction in 2020 has been taken before a justice of the peace and remanded into custody with his next court date set for March 14, 2024, at the Alberta Court of Justice in Stettler.