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Calgary Cop Stephen Huggett, Charged Again With Child Porn

Calgary Cop Stephen Huggett, Charged Again With Child Porn

2018-03-22 John Anderson 0 Pedophile Alert's

Historical charges of invitation to sexual touching and sexual interference with a seven-year-old girl have been laid against a former Calgary cop.

Stephen Laurence Huggett, 59, was arrested Tuesday and charged under the 1992 Criminal Code of Canada.

The incidents are alleged to have happened in the early 1990s involving sexual behaviour and touching.

The girl originally made a complaint to police in 2001, however there wasn't enough evidence to proceed with charges at the time, said major crimes Insp. Cliff O'Brien.

"When additional information was discovered earlier this year during an unrelated investigation, we re-opened the case and contacted the victim," he said.

"This isn't a Hollywood television show, the reality is, if we charge somebody and we don't have the evidence and they're found not guilty, they can walk out of court and if new evidence shows up the next day, there's nothing we can do."

The investigation earlier this year was a complaint of sexual assault made by a former partner of Huggett, who said he forced her to have sex at gunpoint and would make her wear photos of children's faces over her own during intercourse.

He was charged in January with sexual assault with a weapon, harassment, extortion and possession of child pornography and released on bail in February.

Retired from the force in 2007, Huggett was a general patrol officer with the Calgary Police in the early 1990s when the latest alleged offences occurred.

"As far as we know this all happened while he was off duty," said O'Brien.

"It doesn't matter if you're a police officer, if you're a retired police officer, or what your occupation is, if you committed these crimes, we're going to continue to investigate."

Police charged Huggett under the 1992 law, said O'Brien, because the age of consent changed in Canada, going from 14 to 16 in 2008.

The victim was seven years old at the time of the alleged offences, said O'Brien.

Huggett met the girl through her mother, who was an acquaintance of his.

"I think the victim is doing about as well as can be expected under the circumstances," said O'Brien.

"She is getting support from the the Victim's Assistance Unit as well as one of our partners, Home Front."

Huggett was released on bail Wednesday relating to the most recent charges and is scheduled to appear in court Aug. 29.

In 2009, he was sentenced to nine months in jail for possession of child pornography after pleading guilty to possessing illegal images between Aug. 1, 2007 and Jan. 18, 2008.

O'Brien encouraged any other potential victims or anyone with information to call police at 403-266-1234.

http://www.calgarysun.com/2013/08/14/former-calgary-cop-stephen-huggett-hit-with-new-sex-charges


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