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Edmonton teacher arrested for child luring


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From the Internet Child Exploitation Unit (ICE) of the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT)

An Edmonton teacher has been charged with child luring and child pornography offences by ALERT’s Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) unit. The teacher is also being investigated for similar offences related to an ongoing investigation in Florida.

On May 20, 2023, Brennan Gorman was arrested at his St. Albert, Alta. home with the assistance of St. Alberta RCMP and RCMP Major Crimes unit (MCU). The 27-year-old man was charged with child luring, making, transmitting, and possessing child pornography, in relation to sex offences he allegedly committed against a female youth in Parkland County.

ICE was actively targeting Gorman as the suspect in the Parkland County case when they received a tip from the West Palm Bay County Sheriff’s Office in Florida. Authorities in Florida were investigating the disappearance of a female youth and had information that Gorman may have been involved or had knowledge of her disappearance.

ICE and RCMP worked collaboratively due to the seriousness of the investigation and Gorman was quickly located and arrested as a result.

The youth was later found safe in Florida and there isn’t a reason to believe Gorman was involved in her disappearance. However, additional child luring and child pornography charges are pending against him as a result of his online interactions with the youth.

Gorman was employed as a teacher and most recently worked at Balwin Junior High School, where he taught children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. He has also worked at Belmead School (2022) and Good Shepherd Elementary School (2020). ICE have also learned Gorman worked at the following daycares in the past:

  • Little Learners Fort Rd (2021)
  • Little Learners St. Albert (2021)
  • Klarvatten Plaza Daycare, Edmonton (2019 – 2020)
  • Richard Secord Out of School Care, Edmonton (2018-2019)
  • Discoveryland Childcare & OSC, Edmonton (2018)

Edmonton Public Schools is cooperating with the investigation, as are the daycare facilities.

Gorman may also use the alias “Steve” and has been identifying himself as a teacher to the victims.

ICE believes there are additional victims in the Edmonton area and is asking anyone with information about Gorman to contact Edmonton Police Service non-emergency line at 780-423-4567, their local RCMP detachment, or anonymously online at

Gorman has been released from custody and is scheduled to appear in court on June 5, 2023. He was released on a number of court-imposed conditions, including not being unable to maintain employment that would place him in the position of trust or authority over a youth, and not to attend any schools.

ALERT was established and is funded by the Alberta Government and is a compilation of the province’s most sophisticated law enforcement resources committed to tackling serious and organized crime.

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