“It is very unusual,” Internet Child Exploitation team Insp. Dave Dubnyk said. “I’ve been policing for nearly 27 years and this is the first time I’ve been this close to an investigation involving bestiality.”
ICE, a specialized unit of Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams, collaborated with Stettler RCMP to arrest the man on Oct. 12 following the alleged upload of materials onto social media that sexually exploit children.
Investigators searched the suspect’s residence in Nevis, seizing a number of electronic devices. Examination of the devices uncovered the materials featuring child sexual exploitation, as well as offences involving the man’s pet dog. The dog was seized and taken to a local veterinary clinic.
“We’ve got the Calgary humane society involved and the dog has been fostered out for the time being,” Dubnyk said.
Police also seized three unsecured firearms from the residence.
Cris Marshall was arrested in the hamlet of Byemoor and charged with cruelty to animals, bestiality, making child pornography, and accessing, possessing and making available child exploitation materials. He is also charged with possession of a prohibited weapon and careless storage of a firearm.
Dubnyk said that the making child pornography charge is not connected to any alleged contact with children.
“It’s in reference to a narrative that was being prepared, written and shared,” he said.
Dubnyk added that Marshall remains in custody, and that police have requested that the court order a psychiatric evaluation. Nevis is about 60 kilometres east of Red Deer.