Family Doctor Allegedly Attempted to Arrange for Sex with a Child
Edmonton… A family physician from Sylvan Lake has been charged with child exploitation offences following a joint investigation involving ALERT’s Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Unit and the Victoria Police Department.
Dr. Fred Janke was arrested in Edmonton on June 28, 2018, with the help of the Edmonton Police Service. The 62-year-old man is facing charges of making arrangements to commit sexual offences against a child, making child pornography, and distribution of child pornography.
While the investigation and charges are related strictly to online offences, ICE is encouraging anyone with information about this case to come forward and contact police or cybertip.ca.
Dating back to October 2017, Janke had allegedly been engaged in sexually explicit conversations with a person he met online. The sexual conversations allegedly progressed to Janke attempting to arrange for sex with the person’s 5-year-old daughter. However, the daughter did not exist and Janke had actually been speaking with a Victoria Police Department undercover operator.
The Victoria Police Department’s ICE unit had been conducting a proactive, online investigation involving a website that is known to host online chat rooms geared towards child sex. Once the Victoria Police Department ICE investigators determined the suspect was based in Alberta, the information was referred to ALERT’s ICE Unit.
Janke has been a practicing physician in Sylvan Lake for nearly 30 years.
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. Members of Calgary Police Service, Edmonton Police Service, Lethbridge Police Service, Medicine Hat Police Service, and RCMP work in ALERT.
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Police arrest two more people following killing of eight-year-old girl in Alberta
An Edmonton Police Service logo is shown at a press conference in Edmonton, Oct. 2, 2017. Police in Edmonton have charged two more people following the killing of an eight-year-old girl whose remains were found on a First Nation south of the provincial capital in April. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Police in Edmonton have charged two more people following the killing of an eight-year-old girl whose remains were found on a First Nation south of the provincial capital.
Officers responded on April 24 to a welfare call about the girl at an Edmonton home but were unable to locate her.
Her remains were discovered five days later on the Samson Cree Nation in Maskwacis.
Shayden Lightning, who is 21, and Raighne Stoney, who is 36, have been charged with being an accessory to murder and causing an indignity to a body.
Three others were initially charged in the case.
Police are not releasing the names of two of the accused in order to protect the identities of other children related to the victim, whose identity is under a publication ban.
A 27-year-old woman faces a charge of first-degree murder and a 25-year-old man faces charges of being an accessory to murder and causing an indignity to a body.
Edward Nievera, 67, was charged with being an accessory to murder and causing an indignity to a body.
Edmonton police Staff Sgt. Colin Leathem said in a release Friday that the recent arrests will be the last in the case and that the investigation has concluded.
“We want to thank the RCMP in Maskwacis and Wetaskiwin for their assistance with this investigation,” he said. “Needless to say, this was an exceptionally distressing investigation to work on, and they went above and beyond in helping to facilitate these final arrests and bring this file to conclusion.
“While nothing can change the horror of what occurred, we hope (the arrests) can provide some measure of justice to those who knew and loved this little girl.”
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 22, 2023.
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