You were given a Promise to Appear notice by the police. This sheet has:
- the court date
- the fingerprint date
- the police file number on the top corner on the right side
- other information you need to know
Step 1: The Crown Prosecution Office reviews your file. This may take more than 3 weeks. You may qualify for the Sex Trade Offender Program (STOP), an Adult Alternative Measures Program (AMP).
- You must not have a prior charge for either (S. 286.1.1 Criminal Code) or the old prostitution charge, S. 213(1)(c) Criminal Code.
- You may phone 780-427-4085 about 2 days before their court date to see if you have been approved for the program.
Step 2: Go to the Edmonton Police Service Headquarters on the date provided on your Promise to Appear to be fingerprinted and photographed.
Location: 9620-103A Avenue Edmonton Alberta.
Step 3: Go to the Case Management Office (CMO) at the court house on the date given to you at the time of arrest on your Promise to Appear. You do not appear before a Judge in a court room. (Court house – Law Courts at 1A Sir Winston Churchill Square).
You MUST fill out an address confirmation form so the Crown Prosecution Office has the correct contact information for you.
Step 4: Give your name to the staff person who will check your file online. If you are eligible for the STOP, you will be referred to the Probation Officer.
Step 5: Meet with the Probation Officer to be approved for the Sex Trade Offender Program.
The Probation Officer will contact you to schedule an appointment using the address, phone number or email address you provide to CMO at the courthouse.
For inquiries about the status of your file, you may call 780-427-4712.
Step 6: Attend the Sex Trade Offender Program, an 8 hour program on a Saturday. Be there before 8 am to register. Program ends at 4:30 pm. Edmonton Tower – 3rd floor, 10111 104 Avenue. Underground parking, $10 for all day unless there is a Roger’s Place event.
If you cannot attend the STOP for the date you are given, you must phone the Probation Officer first to reschedule. If you do not call and do not attend, a warrant for your arrest will be issued.
If you are arrested again for this offence you will not be eligible for STOP a second time. You will go to court and if convicted will have a criminal record in addition to a fine.
What does it mean to have a criminal record?
Read this information from the John Howard Society and the Canadian Bar Association.
There are at least two benefits of attending the Sex Trade Offender Program:
- Your charge is withdrawn and you will not have a criminal record.
- You will learn how your actions affect yourself, your family and friends, your work and the women and men in the sex trade who are exploited or are victims of human trafficking.
Frequently Asked Questions:
- What is an Adult Alternative Measures Program? What does this mean for me?
You will not have a criminal record. Once you complete the program the charge will be withdrawn.
- Will I have a criminal record if I go to the Sex Trade Offender Program?
No, because it is an approved Adult Alternative Measures Program. However, when you apply for a Security Clearance, it will state for 1 year that you have had “criminal involvement but dealt with by way of Alternative Measures.” It is your responsibility to explain this to whoever is requesting the security clearance.
- How much does the program cost?
$750. A money-order payable to CEASE is required. We cannot accept a cheque, debit or credit card payment. A cash payment must be discussed with the Program Coordinator first. Call Kate Quinn at 780-471-6143.
- Do I have to attend my Court date after I have completed the Sex Trade Offender Program?
It’s a good precaution to either attend, or have someone attend to you so that you are confident that your charge is withdrawn. There is always the potential for a slip-up in a big system.
- Can I go to the Sex Trade Offender Program even if I have not been arrested, but I know I have a problem cruising the internet or street looking for women?
Yes, you can attend. Please call Kate Quinn at 780-471-6143. Every year we have men attend without being arrested first.
- I think I have a problem. I want to stop, but, I don’t know how.
There is help and there is hope for you. Check this section on sex addiction on our website for who to call or where to go for help. There are many resources in our city.