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Judge orders assessment of child porn suspect

A provincial court judge ordered a forensic assessment Wednesday for a man facing child pornography charges.
Judge Gregory Maxwell agreed in Fort Macleod provincial court to a request from Christopher Kuchera’s defence lawyer to order an assessment.
Wade Hlady appeared as an agent for Tyson Dahlem, the lawyer representing Kuchera on charges of accessing, possessing and distributing child pornography.
Hlady asked Judge Maxwell to order on out of custody forensic assessment to determine whether Kuchera was not criminally responsible at the time of the offences.
Kuchera last month pleaded not guilty to all the charges.
Kuchera, a 38-year-old Stavely resident, was one of eight Alberta men charged in a national investigation.
Operation Snapshot III was co-ordinated by the RCMP’s National Child Exploitation Co-ordination Centre and involved 40 police agencies from across Canada.
Police charged eight men with accessing, distributing and possession of child pornography.
Five children from across the country were removed from harm and nearly two million images and videos were seized.
Operation Snapshot III began in February 2014 and specifically targeted high-risk offenders.
Judge Maxwell adjourned the case against Kuchera until 10 a.m. May 27 in Fort Macleod provincial court.
“There will be an order for the preparation of a forensic assessment,” Judge Maxwell said.

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