Crime & Court News

Edmonton pediatrician facing child porn charges to stand trial

Forty-seven-year-old Ghassan Al-Naami was charged with child pornography offences after a video was uploaded to the Internet in 2019 showing a seven-year-old girl allegedly being assaulted.

EDMONTON – A trial will be held in Edmonton Court of Queen’s Bench for an Edmonton pediatrician charged with child pornography offences after a video was uploaded to the Internet in 2019 showing a seven-year-old girl allegedly being assaulted by a man.

Forty-seven-year-old Ghassan Al-Naami’s case was at the Leduc Provincial Court level and has moved to the higher court of Queen’s Bench where he will now stand trial. A pretrial conference will be held on April 13 at Edmonton’s Court of Queen’s Bench.

Al-Naami was arrested by the Internet Child Exploitation Unit (ICE) with the assistance of Leduc RCMP at the Edmonton International Airport RCMP Aug. 11, 2019. He was charged with possession and transmission of child pornography.

Al-Naami is a pediatrician in Edmonton, but ICE doesn’t have information to suggest any offences were committed against children under his care.

Bright Futures Clinic Edmonton (Google Maps photo)
Al-Naami (Internet photo)

Al-Naami practiced at Bright Futures Clinic at 11337 – 95 St in Edmonton when he was arrested. He previously practiced in Fort McMurray.

Bright Futures Clinic website says Dr. Al-Naami finished his medical education from University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan in 1996. He was trained in pediatrics in Saudi Arabia and the United States of America. He was trained in pediatric cardiology and cardiac imaging in the University of Alberta, Edmonton and Denver, Colorado.

Bright Futures’ website states: “He has great passion and expertise in the filed (sic) of child development and behavior (sic).”

RCMP’s National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre notified ICE of the April video upload in July 2019 and a complete investigation was launched. ICE performed a forensic analysis of computers and electronic devices seized from Alnaami.

Al-Naami was released from custody on a number of court-imposed released conditions, including not to have any contact with anyone under the age of 16 and not to continue employment that involves being in a position of trust or authority towards persons under the age of 16 years.

The allegations against Al-Naami haven’t been proven in a court of law.

-reporter@albertapressleader.ca