Todd Tenetuik School Employee charged with Child Porn

EDMONTON – A man who worked at a junior high school and volunteered with an agency that cares for children at risk of abuse has been charged with child porn offences, police said Thursday.

Investigators say images and chatroom conversations depicting sexual abuse of children were found on computers at the man’s home in October.

They said there is no indication that the alleged crimes involved L.Y. Cairns Junior High School where he worked as a teacher’s assistant and cook, or Kids Kottage where he did maintenance jobs.

School board and Kids Kottage officials said the man worked for them despite rigorous screening of new employees.

“We can’t look into someone’s heart,” said Judith Dyck, chairwoman of Kids Kottage Foundation.

The man came to the attention of the Northern Alberta Integrated Child Exploitation Unit when they were tipped about a Canadian asking in an online chatroom for people to role-play as a preteen girl for him, said Edmonton police Det. Mark Coates.

A chatroom member reported “inappropriate sexual conversations in relation to prepubescent girls” to the U.S. National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children, which passed it on to its Canadian counterpart in Ottawa, the National Child Exploitation Co-ordination Centre, Coates said.

The children depicted in the images found on hard drives and portable media seized from a southwest Edmonton home haven’t been identified but could come from anywhere, he said.

Staff Sgt. Howard Kunce said police gave the investigation high priority because of the potential risk.

“Even though this collection was not what I would call a large collection, the fact that he was at a school and a volunteer at Kids Kottage obviously bumps up the priority of this particular file,” Kunce said.

“There’s nothing to indicate that there were any offences committed by this individual in the community whether that’s at L.Y. Cairns School, Kids Kottage or in his neighbourhood.”

The man no longer works at L.Y. Cairns or Kids Kottage.

Edmonton Public Schools spokeswoman Jane Farrell said the school sent a letter notifying parents that an employee was charged.

Since 2004, school workers undergo mandatory checks for police records and with Alberta Children’s Services.

For privacy reasons, Farrell would not say if the man had been screened.

Judith Dyck, at Kids Kottage, said the man volunteered as a maintenance man who fixed toilets and replaced light fixtures. The agency houses children for short stays when their families are coping with a crisis and counsels troubled parents.

She said volunteers are monitored by staff, go through criminal record and child welfare checks, are interviewed and must provide reference letters.

Kids Kottage is reviewing its policies and procedures for screening volunteers, Dyck said.

Todd Tenetuik, 40, has been charged with possession of child pornography and transmitting child pornography. He appears in court on Feb. 26.

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  1. I just recently worked with Todd for the past 4 months. For the first few months I knew nothing of what he had done, unfortunatley I did not pay atttention to those local headlines in Feb. and so I only got to know an unbiased Todd and got the bad energy creep vibe along with that kind of revulsion for people that are TOO sugar-coated nice on the surface that is OBVIOUSLY belying something sinister underneath. Now I only have the one basic Psych 101 course and even I know the tell-tale signs of a deeply troubled mind like his. Like alot of people I know, I have a little second hand experience with this in my own extended family background and I have learned to hate all things that prey exclusively on the most vulnerable people in society; The Young, The Old and The Handicapped. Todd seems to spend most of his time with people that fall into these areas in his day to day life, in fact he goes out of his way to spend as much time possible with the vulverable. I can understand how he finds innocent people comforting to be around, they are non-judgemental and naive, accepting and trusting, in essence perfect prey and easy to dominate.
    Although he does seem to be commited to change and doing good in the world. Goes to church quite often and makes all his court/counselling sessions. The bosses were confident enough, that he was “cured”, to let him stay on after the news broke. Sending him away to training seminars in other cites for weeks and perhaps loaned the money for his court costs. They play dumb when it comes to Todd and one other guy (don’t ask), not telling new employees anything and expecting them to work with these creeps and find out the hard way.
    I know better though, people like him can’t be rehabilitated, can’t be cured. The only thing that does help is castration, by removing the sex-drive fueling the psychosis, alot of consenting pedophiles have signed on the dotted line to get this procedure done. But who in thier right mind or otherwise would want to get thier nuts chopped off, I mean really.
    In conclusion I felt like he had most people fooled except me and his behavior can be erratic and strange. I’m not out to slander anybody or any company, I just got a bad feeling about this one……


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