Court Briefs


Mother who knew about sexual abuse of children back in court

A mother who is facing charges after she allegedly knew about the sexual abuse of her children and failed to alert police has had her trial scheduled.

The 32-year-old mother will go to trial on March 19 to face one count of causing a youth to need intervention under the province’s Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act.

In May 2017 the mother and 35-year-old father were charged after allegations of sexual abuse against their two school-aged children.

Police say the children were sexually assaulted by their father in their own home over the course of at least three years. Police believe the  mother knew of the abuse and failed to take appropriate action by alerting the police.

An investigation began in March 2017 and was prompted after the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children noticed a social media user uploading child pornography. The Edmonton-based Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) unit identified the suspect and conducted a search warrant of the home in a north St. Albert subdivision. Police seized a number of computers and electronic devices.

After the arrest, ICE discovered that two children had been sexually abused.

The father has been charged with two counts of sexual assault, two counts of sexual interference, two counts of invitation to sexual touching, making child pornography available online and possession of child pornography. He appeared in court last week and is scheduled to return on Sept. 25.

Drug bust preliminary hearing scheduled

A duo charged with drug trafficking have scheduled a preliminary hearing.

On Monday Ryan Muir, 35, and Reina McManus, 27, entered pleas of not guilty and scheduled a preliminary inquiry for March 12, 2018.

They elected to have their case heard by a Court of Queen’s Bench judge.

Muir is facing three counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking, four counts of possession of a controlled substance and one count of possession of proceeds of a crime under $5,000.

McManus is facing the same set of charges along with disobeying a court order.

Muir was denied bail and remains in custody and McManus was released on a $1,000 cash bail recognizance with conditions.

Muir and McManus were charged after the St. Albert RCMP conducted a search of two homes in the city: one in Pineview and one in Northridge.

The police located and seized quantities of white powder totalling over three ounces. The preliminary tests are positive for cocaine with the presence of an opiate with fentanyl and heroine additives. They also found 115 round pink tablets with preliminary tests positive for cocaine, four 12 mg and one 30 mg Hydromorph Contin capsule and small quantities of methamphetamine, marijuana, hash and hash oil.

Along with the drugs, RCMP also found $810 in cash.


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