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RCMP Update - Teacher Charged

October 16, 2019 - Parkland School Division would like to address a serious matter that is now before courts and involves an employee of the Division.  Safety of all students in our schools is our highest priority so the Division wanted to ensure all are informed.  The Division is aware of allegations and criminal charges being laid by the RCMP involving Spruce Grove Composite High School teacher Mr. Christopher Giauque. The RCMP will be releasing the following media advisory:

Spruce Grove teacher arrested for child pornography

Edmonton… A Spruce Grove high school teacher has been charged with possessing child pornography following an investigation by ALERT’s Internet Child Exploitation team.

The Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) team arrested Christopher Giauque on October 11, 2019 with the assistance of Parkland County RCMP. The 31-year-old man is a teacher at Spruce Grove Composite High School.

Giauque is charged with possessing child pornography. However, the investigation remains on-going and additional charges are possible.

ICE is encouraging anyone with information about this case to come forward and contact police. Anyone with information about this investigation, or any child exploitation offence is encouraged to contact local police or cybertip.ca.

A number of computers and electronic devices were seized from his Edmonton home and will be subject of forensic examination.

Giauque was released from custody on a number of court-imposed conditions, including not to be in the company of anyone under the age of 16 without adult supervision. He is scheduled to appear in court on November 6, 2019 in Stony Plain. 

ALERT was established and is funded by the Alberta Government and is a compilation of the province’s most sophisticated law enforcement resources committed to tackling serious and organized crime.

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Media inquiries may be directed to:

Staff Sgt. Michael Zaparyniuk
Internet Child Exploitation unit
Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT)                  
780-509-3362

Mr. Giauque was removed from his teaching position once Parkland School Division was informed of the investigation. Student safety is of utmost priority for Parkland School Division, and the Division is taking these allegations and subsequent charges very seriously.

"This is an alarming matter and Parkland School Division is taking it very seriously." stated Board Chair Lorraine Stewart.

"The teacher in question was placed on leave as soon as our organization was made aware of the investigation. As this involves an ongoing RCMP investigation, we are not at liberty to discuss any further." 

For further information, contact:
Jordi Weidman
Director, Communications & Strategic Planning
Parkland School Division
Email: jweidman@psd70.ab.ca
Phone: 780-963-8473