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Alberta man who sought sexual relationship with American teen imprisoned

RED DEER, Alta. — A central Alberta man who was convicted of using social media to lure teenagers in the United States has been sentenced to four years in prison.

Brian Haberman, a 42-year-old Blackfalds resident, was sentenced this week after he pleaded guilty in a Red Deer courtroom to two counts of luring, making and possessing child pornography and breaching a court order.

Haberman was arrested and charged in October 2015 after a police investigation that started the previous March following a report from, a website which deals with the online sexual exploitation of children.

Court heard investigators seized computers from the man's home and discovered sexually explicit photos of a 16-year-old Pennsylvania girl, with whom Haberman is believed to have started an online relationship when she was 15.

Police say Haberman also travelled to Pennsylvania to have sex with the teen.

Following his release on the initial charges, a second victim from Oregon came forward, resulting in more charges.

Haberman faces a number of court-ordered conditions upon release, including a 15-year ban on using social networking sites. (CHUB)

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