80 Year Prison Term for Child Exploitation
The Saskatchewan Internet Child Exploitation Unit's (ICE) participation in an international investigation with U.S. Immigration
and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), has resulted in an 80 year prison sentence, in the USA, for 40 year old Robert Dion Ables of Hutchins, Texas for producing child pornography.
The case stems back to November 21, 2015 when the Saskatchewan ICE Unit began investigating a complaint it received from a southern Saskatchewan Detachment regarding a young girl being exploited through a popular social media application. They identified where the offender was communicating from and the usernames he was using. This information was forwarded to U.S. authorities who continued the investigation which resulted in the December
2016 arrest of ABLES and search of his residence. ABLES who has been in custody since his arrest pleaded guilty in March 2017 to one count of receiving child pornography and two counts of producing child
pornography. ABLES used a popular social media application on his cellphone to
initiate contact with young girls. During those conversations he convinced these girls to send nude photographs of themselves. He then coerced the girls to send additional sexually explicit images by threatening to distribute their pictures further on social media.
The Saskatchewan ICE Unit is comprised of investigators from the RCMP, Regina Police Service, Saskatoon Police Service, and Prince Albert Police Service. Their mandate is to investigate crimes involving the abuse and/or exploitation of children on the Internet.
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