ALBERTA
04/22/2014 06:16 EDT | Updated 06/22/2014 05:59 EDT

Alberta teacher's assistant facing several sex exploitation charges

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. - A teacher's assistant in northeastern Alberta has been accused of several child sex crimes.

Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams say the man works in Fort McMurray for the public school district.

It's alleged a man committed multiple sexual offences against two students within the past 10 months.

Investigators do not believe the alleged offences occurred at the school or in his direct role as a teacher's assistant.

Russell Hancock, who is 35, is scheduled to appear in Edmonton provincial court on April 28.

He is charged with making and distributing child pornography, sexual interference, invitation to sexual touching, sexual exploitation and sexual assault.

Police began investigating after receiving information from the National Child Exploitation Co-ordination Centre in Ottawa and the United States Department of Homeland Security.

A man's home was searched and police seized several computers and electronic devices for forensic analysis.