Airdrie man accused of luring American girl to make pornography
An Airdrie man has been charged with several child pornography related offenses and is being accused of allegedly convincing a nine-year-old American girl to make him sexually explicit videos.
Robert James Tyndall, a 42-year-old Airdrie resident is charged with: one count each of accessing, possessing and making child pornography, sexual interference, sending sexually explicit material to a person under the age of 16 and two counts of luring.
The investigation began in June of this year, when Canadian authorities received information from the FBI in Richmond, Virginia about a Canadian man who police believed had convinced a nine-year-old girl to make sexually explicit videos for him using her webcam.
The FBI provided information to the Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) team, a Calgary-based unit which is an Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT) established by the Government of Alberta to bring together the province’s most sophisticated law enforcement resources.
Acting Staff Sergeant Dean Jacobs of the ICE unit is the lead investigator in the case and although he wasn’t at liberty to go into great detail regarding the investigation, he explained how the ICE unit came to arresting Tyndall.
“The FBI got us started off on the right foot with the information they provided,” said Jacobs. “They tell us the area where they suspect this is going on and we go about getting a search warrant through things like an IP address and we were made aware of (Tyndall’s) online status.”
Further investigation by the ICE unit led investigators to an Airdrie residence where on Aug. 1 they executed a search warrant and seized computers and electronic devices that will be analyzed for further evidence.
Tyndall was not in the home at the time and a warrant for his arrest was issued. On Aug. 6 with the assistance of the Airdrie RCMP, ICE unit officers arrested Tyndall at his home without incident.
Investigators believe that Tyndall identified himself on various social networking sites as “Rob Williams” and “Rob Williams 91” and used the email addresses firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
“This is a happy day, not just because we arrested someone but most importantly because we saved a nine-year-old girl from repeated sexual abuse,” said Jacobs. “Now this young girl can get back to being a child and focus on recovering from this abuse.”
Tyndall appeared in court with a justice of the peace via telephone from the Airdrie RCMP detachment on Aug. 6 and was released on bail. He must abide by a number of conditions, including not to have contact with anyone under the age of 16 and not possess any electronic devices that access the Internet. Tyndall will appear in Airdrie Provincial Court on Aug. 22.
Members of the ICE unit will make random check-ins on Tyndall to ensure that he is adhering to the conditions that have been set out for him.
Investigators are encouraging anyone with information pertaining to this investigation to contact Acting Staff Sergeant Jacobs at 403-428-4905.