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Retired Calgary cop charged with child porn, sex assault

Retired Calgary police officer Steve Huggett.

Credits: STUART DRYDEN, SUN MEDIA

KATIE SCHNEIDER | QMI AGENCY

CALGARY- New charges have been laid against a convicted child porn offender and former cop, including sexual assault, following a year-long investigation.

The charges, which include sexual assault with a firearm and possession of child pornography, stem from allegations,in January that a woman in her 50s was being criminally harassed by her ex-boyfriend and that she had been previously sexually assaulted while in their one-year relationship.

Through the investigation, police learned the suspect had been accessing images of child pornography, said Staff Sgt. Ryan Ayliffe.

On Friday, police arrested Stephen Huggett, 58, and searched his home.

Huggett, a former police constable, is charged with one count each of sexual assault with a firearm, extortion, criminal harassment, and possession of child pornography.

It's not the first time Huggett, who retired from the force in 2007, has been accused of child pornography possession.

In August 2009, he was sentenced to nine months in jail after pleading guilty in February of that year to possession of child porn after police learned he had downloaded graphic and sometimes violent videos involving children, including infants.

He had claimed he was keeping the material as part of an ongoing, clandestine investigation to stamp out child porn, but the provincial judge rejected that during his sentencing.

In 2004, Huggett was investigated and cleared in the shooting of a robbery suspect in a McKenzie Towne home.

The man had armed himself with knives and a shovel and lunged at the officers, prompting Huggett to shoot the man twice in the leg.

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