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U.S. child porn probe leads to rescue of Edmonton girl

05/30/2012 02:57 EDT | Updated 07/30/2012 05:12 EDT

An Edmonton man is facing charges of sexual assault and making child pornography after police traced porn found in the U.S. to where they believed it was produced.

Police arrested a 36-year-old man on Saturday and removed the child from the home.

Police believe the victim is the man's five-year-old niece and that the assaults took place while the child was an infant.

The child was living with her uncle and father at time of arrest, they said. Police would not say where the child's mother lived.

Canadian police were contacted by U.S. Homeland Security on May 23 after U.S. authorities found material they believed originated in Canada.

"The investigation, as you can understand, moved really fast," said Sgt. Mike Lokken, with Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams. "When a child is at risk, that's our number one priority. So, a lot of long hours were put into this and attempts were made and it came to a successful conclusion."

The pornographic material was tracked to an Edmonton home where a search warrant was executed, and computer equipment and electronic devices seized.

Investigators found a dozen videos and hundreds of pictures of a baby girl, said police.

The accused is charged with sexual assault, sexual interference, possession of child pornography and making child pornography.

He cannot be named due to a publication ban protecting the victim’s identity.

"While we carry on with this investigation, we are thankful to have identified the victim in order to ensure her safety is no longer compromised," Lokken said.

The accused remains in custody until his next court appearance on June 12.

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