On July 20, Bassano RCMP officers assisted the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) unit in executing a search warrant at a residence in Bassano. During the search, a number of electronic devices, including a desktop computer, were seized as part of the investigation.
As a result of interagency cooperation, Bassano RCMP arrested and charged 66-year-old Merle Gaffney, a resident of Bassano, with the following:
• Accessing child pornography
• Possessing child pornography
After a Judicial Interim Release Hearing, Gaffney was released on conditions. His next court appearance has been scheduled for Aug. 2, 2023, at the Alberta Court of Justice in Brooks, Alta.