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UPDATE: Local high school security guard facing child pornography charges

UPDATE: Assistant Superintendent of Programs and Planning for the public school district James Robinson says Brian Hanly has been the main security guard at Charles Spencer High School since it opened in September 2014. He is not an employee of the school district, but works for Apex Security.

“It is important at this time to note that no Grande Prairie and area children have been identified through the investigative process,” says Robinson. “As always, student safety is our priority concern, and will remain so as we move forward to support students in our District. The investigation is active and ongoing and the District is cooperating fully with the RCMP.”

Apex is also contracted to do security for places like the Eastlink Centre, Coca Cola Centre, and the Grande Prairie Public Library, and Robinson says Hanly would have worked at other locations at times.

A local security guard is facing child pornography charges. 46 year old Brian Hanly of Grande Prairie has been charged with possession of child pornography and making child pornography available.

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RCMP say he worked as a contracted security guard in a local high school and other city facilities. His Facebook page lists both the Grande Prairie Public School District and Apex Security as his employers. We’ve reached out to both for comment.

An investigation into Hanly began with a tip received by the National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre in Ottawa. It led to the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team and Grande Prairie RCMP searching a home on the northeast side of the city.

Hanly has been released on bail with strict conditions. He’s set to appear in court on November 1st.

An investigation is still underway, and mounties say they don’t believe any local children have been exploited. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Grande Prairie detachment.

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