Thursday, August 15, 2013

CANADA - Ex-police officer (Stephen Laurence Huggett) faces new child-sex charges

Stephen Laurence Huggett
Stephen Laurence Huggett
Original Article

08/14/2013

By SHERRI ZICKEFOOSE

A retired Calgary police officer convicted of child porn charges is facing new sex allegations involving a seven-year-old girl.

The molestation incidents are alleged to have happened in the early 1990s after the man met the girl’s mother, police say.

Police began investigating in 2001, but didn’t have enough evidence to lay charges at the time, officials say.

But when allegations of sexual assault against the man’s ex-girlfriend surfaced in January, police say evidence corroborated the 1990s case.

Stephen Laurence Huggett, 59, of Calgary, is charged with invitation to sexual touching and sexual interference with a child under 14 years.

The allegations involve inappropriate sexual behaviour and touching.

He was arrested without incident Tuesday and released on bail Wednesday.

Huggett, who retired in 2007 after 25 years with the Calgary Police Service, was sentenced in August 2009 to nine months in jail after being convicted of possessing child pornography.

Police say they have hundreds of exhibits investigators are looking through, including recordings, computers and other electronic devices.

We reopened the case and recontacted the victim,” said Insp. Cliff O’Brien of the CPS major crimes unit.

We’re not done. If there’s evidence of other offences then we’ll lay more charges.” During the 1990s, Huggett was a general patrol officer.

The charges against him are serious, police say.

It doesn’t matter if you are a police officer, a retired police officer or what your occupation is. If you’ve committed these crimes then we’re going to continue to investigate,” said O’Brien. “I hope that’s a message to people that we’ll keep working on these files. We will find you and we’ll lay charges.”

The victim from the 1990s case is getting help from victims’ assistance and HomeFront, police say.

She’s getting support that way. I can’t imagine what that would be like for her,” said O’Brien.

During his earlier trial, Huggett admitted possessing 64 movies and 20 images of child pornography, which he had begun downloading and viewing while he was still an active police officer.

At the time, Huggett claimed he downloaded the images as part of his own effort to investigate child pornography.

A judge called the material “grotesque.” The images were extremely graphic with children as young as one year old, with most girls between six and 16 years.

In that case, Huggett was placed on probation for two years after his release, ordered to provide a DNA sample for the national sex-offender database, not use the Internet for anything but work or to communicate with family members, and be registered as a sex offender for 10 years.

Huggett is also facing a trial stemming from January charges of sexually assaulting a former girlfriend.

The complainant, who was in an on-again, off-again relationship with Huggett that ended two years ago, told investigators Huggett forced her on six occasions to have sex against her will and put a pistol in her mouth.

He is facing a jury trial for those charges.

Huggett’s next court appearance is Aug. 29.


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