Man charged with making child pornography

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A 28-year-old man from Warman, Sask. is facing child pornography charges after police linked him to inappropriate photos of a three-year-old girl. Last week the Saskatchewan Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Unit received a tip about child pornography after a relative found a picture of the three-year-old girl on a smartphone.

Police identified Jeremy Maendel, a family friend, as a suspect and arrested him over the weekend. Police charged him with making child pornography and possession of child pornography.

Police said they believe Maendel snapped photos of the child while she was sleeping and in his care in March at a home near Duck Lake, Sask. The community is about 86 kilometres north of Saskatoon.

Maendel was remanded into custody after a brief court appearance on Monday. His next court appearance is scheduled for May 18, 2016.

The Saskatchewan ICE Unit is comprised of investigators from the RCMP, Regina Police Service, Saskatoon Police Service, and Prince Albert Police Service. Their mandate is to investigate crimes involving the abuse and/or exploitation of children on the internet.

RCMP are asking the public to notify them if they have any information about the case.

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