Pedophiles and Child Porn                                                                                                           Page 2


10 years

STONY PLAIN - A man who sexually assaulted a 7-year old girl and left her for dead on an Alberta First Nation has been sentenced to 10 years in jail.  James Clifford Paul, who is 22, admitted to being drunk and high on methamphetamine at the time and told police he wouldn't have done it if he had been sober.  Paul attacked the girl on Dec. 20, 2014, on the Paul First Nation, and family members found her outside, naked and suffering from hypothermia.  (CP)


Foster parent abuse

LAVAL - An elderly couple from Laval is behind bars after pleading guilty to abusing and torturing their foster children.  5 survivors have now come forward, but there may be more.  Jacques Laporte, now 75 and his wife Micheline Laporte Charland, 71, pleaded guilty to a total of 22 charges, many of them serious, sexually explicit charges.  (CBC)   Foster couple pleads guilty 


Child porn charge

HALIFAX - Dr. William Richard Vitale, 72, is charged with possession of child pornography, accessing child pornography and having child pornography for the purpose of distribution.  (CBC) 


Dangerous offender

VANCOUVER - A man who admitted he raped several children in the Lower Mainland between 1995 and 2009 has been deemed a dangerous offender, meaning he will be behind bars indefinitely.  Ibata Noric Hexamer, a former political organizer and DJ, has been in jail since Dec 2010, when he was arrested after DNA evidence linked him to attacks in Surrey, Delta and Vancouver.  (Surrey Leader)   Guilty plea to raping young girls   Political organizer pleads guilty


Facing charges

MONTREAL NORTH - The former mayor of Montreal North is facing charges of sexual assault against a minor under the age of 16.  Documents show the alleged acts took place between Dec. 1 2013 and Oct. 23, 2015 in Montreal and elsewhere in Quebec with someone under the age of 16. Deguire was serving as mayor at the time of the alleged acts.  (CTV) Gilles Deguire


Ring rounded up

MONTREAL - SQ said police arrested about 12 people, aged 27 to 74, in Quebec, Montreal, Trois Rivieres, Toronto, and other locations.  The people are accused of taking part in online discussions about their sexual experiences with children, and sharing the best places to meet children without arousing suspicion.  Police began their investigation of this group of people in 2013.  (CTV)   Suspects formally charged

Canadian sentenced

HANOI - A Canadian man reportedly accused of sexually abusing 4 homeless teenage boys in Vietnam was sentenced Wednesday to 4 years in prison in Hanoi.  An official of the court in Hanoi said Vadim Scott Benderman, 45, admitted in the half-day trial that he lured the boys to his house and paid them $10 to $15 to have sex.  (CP)   Canadian jailed   Canadian arrested in Cambodia arrested again in Vietnam   


Child porn charges

TORONTO - A Toronto man who worked for local Jewish elementary schools was arrested after he was allegedly spotted watching child porn on a public computer at an employment and social services centre.  The child exploitation unit executed a search warrant at a North York home and arrested Stephen Joseph Schacter, 55, who faces one count of possession of child pornography.  (Sun Media)   Charged


7 years

WINNIPEG - A former Winnipeg radio DJ and Scouts Canada leader has been sentenced to 7 years behind bars for sex crimes against children.  Christopher Elwick, 32, was charged with sexual assault, possession of child pornography and sexual interference in Sept.  He had pleaded guilty to 8 charges and was sentenced.  (CBC)   Sentenced 


Child sex assault

BARRIE - A former Barrie man who was an elementary school teacher in the city faces 3 sex charges after OPP received a complaint about a child sexual assault.  David Andrew Carswell, 61, of London, was charged Friday with sexual assault, sexual interference and sexual exploitation during the 2004-05 school year while he was still teaching.  Carswell was convicted of possessing child pornography in 2009.  (Sun Media)    House arrest


Charges laid

WINNIPEG - Police have laid dozens of charges against a suspect in a child exploitation case.  The suspect was originally arrested last December following an investigation into the exploitation of underage girls.  The Internet child exploitation unit and counter exploitation unit investigated further and identified an adult female victim and 6 underage female victims.  Police said Kevin John Rose, 42, of Winnipeg was arrested on more than 50 new charges.  (CTV)   Sex offender charged with pimping teen  Kiddie porn nets 4 years  Child porn arrest     Kevin John Rose


Paedophile gang jailed

BRISTOL - 7 members of a paedophile gang involved in the rape and abuse of babies and young children have been jailed for a total of 78 years.  (Guardian UK)  Terrifying depravity   NCA


Cop faces child porn charges

TORONTO - A 30-year veteran of the Peel Region police force is under arrest and facing charges related to child pornography.  Det. Craig Wattier was arrested by the Internal Affairs Bureau and charged with both accessing and possessing child porn, breach of trust and two counts of fraud over $5,000.  (Sun Media)    Bail 


6 years

VANCOUVER - A former Langley gymnastics instructor who sexually abused 9 boys from the gym where he worked has been given a 6-year prison sentence.  John William Henry, 33, pleaded guilty to 9 counts of sexual assault and 1 count of possessing child pornography.  The incidents took place over a 10-month period and involved boys between the ages of 8 and 12 years old. Henry was an instructor at the Langley Gymnastics Foundation at the time.  (Vancouver Province)   Guilty plea


Guilty plea deal

INDIANAPOLIS - Jared Fogle, a former pitchman for Subway, is pleading guilty to charges of child pornography and having sex with minors, according to court documents released by US Attorney of the Southern District of Indiana.  The first set of documents were used to charge Fogle. The second set of documents note the plea deal.  (Indianapolis Star)  Wife seeks divorce   Foundation a sham   Sniffing dog caught Fogle    Jared Fogle


Child porn case

WINDSOR - Christopher Metivier, 22, is charged with 23 counts of luring a person under the age of 18 for the purpose of making child pornography, 14 counts of luring a person under the age of 16 for the purpose of facilitating the offence of invitation to sexual touching, 5 counts of luring a person under the age of 16 for the purpose of facilitating the offence of bestiality, 24 counts of making child pornography, 11 counts of invitation to sexual touching, 5 counts of inciting bestiality, and 4 counts of counseling bestiality.  (windsoriteDOTca)


Child sexually assaulted

EDMONTON - Police said on June 20, a 5-year-old girl and her mother were in a west Edmonton pet store - the girl was away from her mother for a short time, and it's alleged the male suspect approached her, and led her to the men's washroom where it's alleged he sexually assaulted her.  Adrian Ballantyne, 27, is facing charges.  (CTV) 


3 years

TORONTO - A man who once was deputy education minister in Ontario and Manitoba has been sentenced to 3 years behind bars after pleading guilty to 3 child pornography-related charges.  Benjamin Levin, 63, was originally charged with 7 child porn-related offences.  (CTV)   Ben Levin   Sentenced   Child porn offences   Onetime education superstar   Guilty plea   Pleads guilty   Nothing is taboo   More charges   Child porn charges   Benjamin Levin


Not guilty

CALGARY - A judge has found a former Calgary police officer not guilty of molesting a girl twenty years ago.  Stephen Huggett was charged in August 2013 with invitation to sexual touching with a child under 14 years and sexual interference with a child under 14 years.  (CTV)    Former officer receives jail time   Misguided effort   Ex-cop admits downloading kiddie porn  


Arrested for 4th time

MONTREAL - Police have arrested Victor Dube, 72, and charged him with possession and distribution of child pornography. It's his fourth arrest since 2005.  (Global)   Detained again


Canadian sentenced

PORTLAND, MAINE - A Canadian man has been sentenced to 8-and-a-half years in a US prison for emailing images of child pornography to an undercover federal agent in Maine. Kevin Rockwell, 32, of Leduc, AB, pleaded guilty in Oct to a charge of transporting child pornography.  (AP)  


Child luring charges

VANCOUVER - Royal Canadian Sea Cadets volunteer Victor Overfield has been suspended pending the outcome of an investigation following the laying of child luring charges.  Overfield, 27, of North Vancouver was arrested last December and has been charged with one count of child luring and one count of sexual touching.  He volunteered with the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets in North Vancouver from 2007 to 2012 and with the Navy League Cadets in Vancouver from 2012 until his arrest.  (CBC)  MORE:  Police seek victims   Man charged

Former Scout leader accused

TORONTO - A former Scouts Canada leader has been arrested and charged with 17 offences in connection with the sexual assault of two children over an 11-year-period.  Jeremy Nathaniel Gregg, 45, of Toronto, was arrested and charged.  Police believe Gregg may have additional victims.  (CP24)   MORE:   Historic sexual assault   

Child porn possession

PRINCE GEORGE - Edward Berry, a former manager with BC's Ministry of Children and Family Development, has been charged with possession of child pornography.  (CBC)

Canadian arrested

LALITPUR DISTRICT - A Nova Scotia businessman whose sexual abuse convictions were overturned in Canada has reportedly been arrested in Nepal for allegedly forcing a boy to have sex with him.  Ernest Fenwick MacIntosh, 71, is in jail in the Lalitpur district.  (CBC)   MORE:   Canadian sent to jail

Police alert

TORONTO - Police have issued a rare public safety alert after a convicted pedophile was released from prison  James Alfred Cooper, 79, is now living in Toronto after serving a 21-year sentence.   MORE:   Pedophile released   Country's worst pedophile  


WABAMUN - A man has been charged with attempted murder, aggravated sexual assault and kidnapping in the severe beating of a child on the Paul First Nation in AB.  James Clifford Paul, 21, was arrested late on the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation.  The 6-year-old girl was found lying naked and severely injured in the snow on the reserve west on Saturday.  (CBC)     MORE:    Girl regains consciousness     6-year-old assaulted  

Pastor charged

EDMONTON - ALERT said their Internet Child Exploitation Unit had charged Richard John Docekal, 58, with possession and distribution of child pornography.  (CTV)   MORE:   'Hand-drawn' child porn offences 


VANCOUVER - Charges have been dropped against the 23-year-old man previously accused of sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl in Surrey after police determined that he did not commit the crime.  Surrey RCMP now say that Cory Schaumleffel, 28, has been charged in connection to the August incident.  Police requested a stay of proceedings in the case against the previous suspect on Oct. 10, saying the man confessed to a crime he didn't commit.  (CTV)   MORE:   Calls for better public safety in Surrey   Police arrest wrong person  

Dangerous offender

KAMLOOPS - David Jennings, 51, has been handed an indeterminate sentence after being convicted of sexually molesting an 8-year-old boy he was babysitting in 2011.  Crown lawyer says Jennings has 4 prior sexual assault convictions involving children and has breached a number of court orders.   (CTV)  MORE:    Deemed dangerous offender  


VANCOUVER - A 9-year-old girl who was lured from her bedroom last week, abducted and then sexually assaulted provided some of the evidence that helped police identify a suspect, RCMP say.  Donovan Christopher Adams, 23, is facing charges.  (CBC)    MORE:   Man charged  

5 years, 9 months 

LONDON - Rolf Harris has been jailed for 5 years and 9 months for indecently assaulting young women and girls after the trial judge told the 84-year-old entertainer he had taken advantage of the trust provided by his fame.  (Guardian UK)     

Rolf Harris  

'Unduly lenient' sentence 


Trial shattered image 

More alleged victims come forward


Fury at jail term

Entertainer sentenced   


Child sex charges


Operation Yewtree

Rolf in Vancouver  

City's shame update

SAINT JOHN - A NB police officer is suspected of sexually abusing at least 260 children over the course of nearly three decades dating back to the late 1950s.  After decades of secrecy, private investigators and Saint John, NB officials say that a lone police officer, Sgt. Kenneth Estabrooks, was behind a massive child abuse scandal that targeted vulnerable children for at least 25 years.  Estabrooks died in 2005 of cancer.  (CBC)   Class action lawsuit  

Child porn charges

FORT MCMURRAY - ALERT said Russell Hancock, 35, was arrested April 18.  Investigators said Hancock was a teacher's assistant in Fort McMurray, and it's alleged he committed a number of sexual offenses against 2 students in that city over the past 10 months.  (CTV)      

Sex assaults

TORONTO - 2 men and 2 youths have been charged in connection with alleged multiple sexual assaults on a 4-year-old girl over several years.  According to the Toronto police sex crimes unit, a now 7-year-old girl from the east end of Scarborough was sexually assaulted multiple times by Toronto brothers Raymond and Martin Savoie and 2 boys also from Toronto between 2010 and 2012.   (CBC) 

Child exploitation probe

HALIFAX - A cross-country child exploitation investigation has led to the seizure of over a million images and video depicting the sexual abuse of children and the rescue of 5 children, the RCMP announced Thursday.  Operation Snapshot 3 involved police agencies throughout Canada and led to the arrest of 54 individuals and more than 300 criminal charges laid.  (CTV)   MORE:   Moving targets   343 charges   8 AB men arrested   Timeline of investigation

Clues missed

He was one of the most beloved teachers in the small world of international schools that serve the children of diplomats, well-off American expatriates and local elites.  That was the public persona of William Vahey, carefully crafted over four decades until a maid cleaning his home in Nicaragua stole a 16-gigabyte memory drive.   (AP)   Hundreds contact FBI      William Vahey

8 years

EDMONTON - A former Edmonton soldier who lured young boys on the Internet and used a webcam to engage in online sex acts with some of them was sent to prison Wednesday.  Matthew Richervezeau, 24, was handed an 8-year prison term after earlier pleading guilty to 48 various charges.  Child porn related charges   CFNIS

Child porn ring

CALGARY - 10 Albertans have been arrested in a child porn ring.  Police say the investigation started 4 months ago with 13 search warrants starting last December.       Child porn sting 

More victims

ORILLIA - Police say there are 8 additional child victims in a sexual assault case that includes accusations of bestiality, conspiracy to kidnap and rape a child, voyeurism and the making of child pornography.  Police have also introduced new allegations that some children were drugged before they were sexually assaulted.  Shayne Lund, 22, of Midland, Ont., has been in custody since October on 110 sex-related charges.  2 female friends of his are also in custody. It is alleged the women helped Lund get access to children between the ages of 2 and 5.  Avery Taylor, 20, is facing 20 charges. Kathryn Thompson, 19, faces 26 charges.   Child abuse case   3 charged  


10 years

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - A Surrey woman has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for travelling to northern Virginia to have sex with 2 children.  Theresa Goddard, 45, was sentenced in federal court. She had pleaded guilty in October to attempting to coerce and entice 2 children into engaging in illegal sexual activity.  (CP)


Sexually exploited girl rescued

HINTON - An investigation by ALERT has led to the rescue of a 4-year-old Hinton who had been sexually exploited.  Kenneth McKinley, 52, has been charged with sexual interference and sexual assault as well as making, distributing and accessing child pornography. ALERT's Northern Albert Child Exploitation team began their investigation following a tip from the RCMP National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre in Ottawa.  (CTV)

3 years

BATTLEFORD - Paul Leroux, a former dormitory supervisor who has been convicted of sexually abusing boys at a residential school decades ago, has been given a 3-year sentence by a judge in Battleford, SK.  Leroux worked at the Beauval Indian Residential School nearly 50 years ago. Last month, he was found guilty on 10 counts of indecent assault.   (CBC)    3 year sentence   To serve time

20 years

KITCHENER - A London man was sentenced to 20 years in prison Tuesday for his attack on a Cambridge 12-year-old boy with autism in a care facility.  The attack took place in September 2012, at a specialized facility in London where the boy was staying and Gregory Thomas Simard, 24, was employed.  Simard pleaded guilty to attempted murder in May.  (CTV)  Found criminally responsible    Criminally responsible 

Prison term doubled

VANCOUVER - BC's highest court has doubled a prison term to 10 years for an elderly father who sexually abused 3 of his daughters.  Justice Sunni Stromberg-Stein called the original 5-year sentence handed to the man, identified only as K.V.E., "demonstrably unfit," saying it was disproportionate to the gravity of the offences and a substantial departure from sentences imposed in similar cases.  (CP) 


Guilty plea

SAINT JOHN - A former city councillor in Saint John, NB, convicted of sexually abusing boys in the city has pleaded guilty to 4 other child sex offences in a separate case in western Newfoundland.  Donnie Snook pleaded guilty Thursday in NB provincial court to charges transferred from Newfoundland, including two counts of sexual assault and two counts of sexual interference.  (CP)   Prison term 'unreasonable'    18 years   Sentenced   Guilty plea   Snook pleads guilty   Hunt for sexual predator   City councilor arrested

6 years

CRANBROOK - Convicted child abductor Randall Hopley has been declared a long-term offender and sentenced to 6 years and 2 months in jail followed by 10 years of supervision after his release.  With time already spent in custody taken into account Hopley will still have to serve 5 years behind bars.  (CTV)   MORE:   Abductor sentenced   Father forgives    Guilty plea   RCMP release images of takedown   Arrest made   Suspect caught   Fugitive built child lair in cabin   Abduction 1 in 10M  


TORONTO - A 45-year-old man is facing multiple charges after an 11-year-old boy was allegedly sexually assaulted in his High Park area home.  Jorge Nieto-Zelaya was arrested and has been charged.  (CP) 

Child porn charges

HALIFAX - Police arrested 30-year-old Aaron Kenneth Hudgins from Timberlea, NS. He has been charged with one count of accessing child pornography and one charge of possessing child pornography.  Hudgins is a youth pastor at the Timberlea Baptist church.  (CTV)  Pastor resigns after charges 

Foster care abuse

CALGARY - Police has charged 39-year old Rodney James Marcynuik of Airdrie with sexually assaulting a youth who was once in his care at a family operated foster home.  CPS investigators allege the abuse occurred between June, 2003 and November, 2008, in Calgary and Airdrie while the child lived with Marynuik.  Rodney Marcynuik was arrested on Monday, Sept. 30 and has been charged.  Police believe Marcynuik and his wife fostered 18 children in their home between 2001 and 2010.  (Beacon)   Foster parent charged 


SAINT JOHN - News that a former Saint John police officer may have abused more than 260 victims has left many Maritimers stunned.  Investigators now suspect Kenneth Estabrooks sexually abused as many as 263 children.  Allegations against Estabrooks first surfaced in 1975 when he was a 22-year veteran of the Saint John Police Force.  He was sentenced to 6 years in prison and died in 2005 after a battle with cancer.  (CTV)

4 years

VANCOUVER - Latif Tata, 39, pleaded guilty earlier this year to two counts of sexual assault on the children, who were between the ages of two and four years old when they attended Shining Stars Family Childcare in Maple Ridge, BC, between 2010 and 2012.  (CTV) 



TORONTO - After a Crown lawyer finished reciting the list of grotesque sexual offences James McTurk committed against Cuban girls as young as 3, the 78-year-old man was handcuffed and taken back to jail where he could spend the rest of his life.  (Toronto Star)  Sex tourism charge   Portrait of an alleged sex tourist   Star: child sex tourism  

Even more new charges

TORONTO - Maple Leaf Gardens sex predator Gordon Stuckless was arrested for the fourth time in the last three months and is now facing 11 new charges on alleged historical sexual assaults involving 3 boys.  (QMI)   New batch of charges    More new charges   Accused arrested again   Predator facing more charges

Search for missing child

VICTORIA - Police have been searching for Michael Dunahee for more than 22 years, since the then 4-year-old boy disappeared during a family outing in Victoria, BC.  While the missing child is believed to have grown into a 26-year-old man, police investigative techniques have also matured, making the Victoria Police Department hopeful that Michael's case can still be resolved.  (CBC)   Michael Dunahee   Police shifting through wave of new tips   $100,000 reward for missing boy

Canadian detained

SIEM REAP PROVINCE - A Canadian tourist is awaiting trial in Cambodia after being arrested on child-prostitution charges.  Officials in Siem Reap province told CP that Vijai Indra Deo Kumar was arrested after he was allegedly found with a 14-year-old girl in a hotel.  (CP)

Mountie charged with child abuse

OTTAWA - An RCMP officer will appear before a court doctor in Ottawa this morning after he was charged with several serious offences related to a child abuse investigation police are calling one of the worst cases of abuse they've seen.  Ottawa police arrested the 41-year-old officer and a 34-year-old woman after an investigation at the officer's home.  There is a court-ordered publication ban on the names of the accused and victims.  (CBC)  Officer and wife charged   


11 years

CORNER BROOK - A retired Roman Catholic priest was given an 11-year sentence in a western Newfoundland court for sexually abusing children.  George Ansel Smith, 75, was sentenced in Supreme Court in Corner Brook for offences involving 13 children he assaulted between 1969 and 1989.  Smith pleaded guilty to 38 charges.  (CBC)   George Smith   Priest pleads guilty

Arrested again

EDMONTON - Police said that Bruce Windsor, 51, had been arrested and charged with possession and production of child pornography, along with several counts of breach of probation.  According to police, Windsor was living in a halfway house in downtown Edmonton when he was taken into custody.  (CTV)   PREVIOUS:    Police warning

Child porn bust

MONTREAL - William Kokesch, 65, a Montreal deacon is being accused of producing and distributing child pornography a day after police say they seized 2,000 images from his home.   (CP)   MORE:   Deacon accused    Deacon removed from his post

More charges

VANCOUVER - Alleged child sex offender Abraham Kiewiet has been charged with 10 additional counts related to 5 victims.  Police said the alleged assaults on male and female victims between the ages of 12 and 16 took place between 1975 and 1982 when the accused worked as a lifeguard for the Vancouver Park Board.  Kiewiet, 70, is now charged with a total of 22 offences involving 10 victims. 8 counts of indecent assault on a male, 3 counts of indecent assault on a female and 11 counts of gross indecency have been laid.  (CTV)

Child porn bust

REGINA - 10 SK residents are facing charges following a multi-agency investigation targeting online child predators.  In all, 21 people were arrested during Operation Snapshot.  The investigation, led by the Canadian Police Centre for Missing and Exploited Children, also resulted in the rescue of one child in Saskatoon.  Authorities found hundreds of thousands of images on more than 100 computers and hard drives, and 1,000 disks.  (CTV)   MORE:   21 arrested, child rescued

30 years

STATE COLLEGE - Jerry Sandusky has been sentenced to at least 30 years in prison in the child sexual abuse scandal that brought shame to Penn State and led to coach Joe Paterno’s downfall.  The sentence means Sandusky will be in prison at least until he’s nearly 100 years old. He was convicted in June of abusing 10 boys over 15 years, including some attacks inside Penn State athletic facilities.  (AP)     MORE:  Sandusky sentenced   Penn State child sex abuse scandal   Jerry Sandusky  

Stepfather guilty of pimping

PENTICTON - A BC judge has found a Penticton man guilty of sexually abusing and prostituting his teenage stepdaughter.  The stepdaughter, who is now 18, told the court the abuse started when she was 12 years old.  She said the accused forced her into prostitution when she was 17 in order to financially support his drug habit.  (CBC)

18 months

MOOSE JAW - A Saskatchewan man who sexually assaulted his own granddaughters is now behind bars.  86-year-old Pete Therrien of Willow Bunch was sentenced in a Moose Jaw courtroom.  His granddaughters who struggled for more than 20 years to bring, their grandfather to justice say they were glad to finally see him put behind bars.  (CTV)

5 years

SASKATOON - A Lloydminster-area man who was caught sharing a massive child pornography collection has received a 5-year prison sentence.  Shane Dale Pattison, 21, was sentenced after pleading guilty to 53 child porn-related offences.  He had been sharing the images online with more than 400 people, some of whom were actively involved in abusing children.  (CBC)  

New charges

VANCOVUER - Authorities in BC have laid 10 new charges against convicted sex offender Christopher Paul Neil after conducting investigations into his activities over the past 10 years in Vancouver, Maple Ridge and Cambodia.  Neil became known as the "Swirl Face" sex abuser for digitally altering his face in images posted online, but was identified and arrested in Bangkok in 2007.  The most recent alleged incidents took place in 2013 in Vancouver.  (CBC)    

Christopher Paul Neil

Pedophile released

Evidence available to charge 'Swirl Face'

Not recommending charges

Neil in Canada  

'Swirl' back in Canada

Police find another 'victim of paedophile'

Neil jailed for 3 months 

Pedophile faces new charges

BC pedophile gets 3 years

Canadian sentenced for sex abuse

New charges against Neil

Police tracked Canadian

Offenders abroad: 1 conviction in 10 years 

Landmark US verdict

Candace Conti says the abuse began when she was 9 years old, distributing Bibles door to door with a fellow churchgoer, a loud, hulking man named Jonathan Kendrick.  She later learned she was not Kendrick’s first victim, that he had been convicted in 1994 of child molesting. That led to her suing the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York Inc. - the corporation that oversees Jehovah's Witnesses - on the grounds that the elders of her congregation knew of Kendrick’s record and did nothing to protect her.  Last month, in a landmark ruling, a California jury sided with Conti, ordering the Watchtower to pay nearly $25M in damages and Kendrick to pay about $3M.  (Toronto Star) 

Additional sex charges

SAGUENAY - A retired priest, already accused of molesting 3 children, was hit with 63 additional sex charges.  Paul-Andre Harvey, 75, is charged with sexual assaults against 35 children between 1963 and 1995, nearly all of whom were girls between 5 and 12 years of age. (QMI)   MORE:  New charges

Sexual assault charges

TORONTO - A former Scout leader and school teacher is facing numerous sexual assault charges involving young boys.  Toronto police said the alleged victims were between the ages of 11 and 15. The assaults allegedly took place between 1965 and 1979.  On Friday, police arrested Norman Neil McLeod, 71, and charged him with 11 counts of indecent assault on a male, eight counts of gross indecency and assault.  (CTV)   MORE:  Historic sex assaults

Child sex assault arrest

ORILLIA - The OPP's child exploitation unit says five children were drugged and sexually assaulted in a Warminster, ON, residence on several occasions in 2011.  Paul Gerard Devries, 35, of Warminster, ON, has been charged.  (CTV)

Child porn

SUDBURY - Michael Clement was so active downloading, sharing and chatting about child pornography on the Internet over a five-month period in 2010 that he drew the attention of 5 law enforcement bodies and 2 child protection bodies in Canada and the US.  (QMI)   MORE:  3 years


Child porn arrests

MONTREAL - The SQ is arresting 5 people across the province who allegedly created and swapped child pornography.  (CTV)

Not guilty

VERNON - Elementary school teacher Deborah Ashton has been found not guilty of sexually assaulting one of her young students.  The 47-year-old was also acquitted on a charge of sexual interference with a person under the age of 14 Wednesday in BC Supreme Court.  A previous trial for Ashton ended a year ago when jurors were unable to reach a verdict.  (CTV)  

MORE:  Teacher not guilty   Mistrial 

Retired teacher charged

TORONTO - An 85-year-old retired school teacher has been charged in connection to a sexual assault investigation dating back 50 years, and police fear there could be more potential victims.  Toronto police allege the suspect befriended a seven-year-old boy and sexually abused the victim for several years.  Alec Owen, 85, of Toronto, has been charged with two counts of indecent assault on a male.  (CTV)


6 years

CHARLOTTETOWN - A PEI man was sentenced to 6 years in prison for sex crimes against a child.  David Vernon James Keaveny, 37, was found guilty of two counts of sexual interference and one count of invitation to sexual touching.  (CBC)   MORE:  'Horrible monster' sentenced

Child porn arrest

OTTAWA - A 42-year-old Ottawa man faces several charges related to child pornography, including making it himself.  Gregory Kusec was arrested and charged.   (CTV)     MORE:  Child porn charges  

Sex assault arrest

TORONTO - Police have arrested a man in connection with the abduction and sexual assault of a 4-year-old girl from a North York home last year on Boxing Day.  The girl was visiting from Connecticut, and staying at a home near Bathurst St and Wilson Ave.  She was taken from her room around 3:30am and sexually assaulted nearby.  (Toronto Star)    MORE:  Arrest in Boxing day abduction

Teen charged

ROSSLAND - A 17-year-old is facing 47 charges, including numerous sexual offences and child luring.  The youth, who can’t be named because of his age, is accused of using social media to contact children aged 10 to 14 to have them perform sexual acts over their web cameras and arrange face-to-face meetings with them.  Police have currently identified 20 children were involved.  (QMI)


Mom jailed

TORONTO - A mother who exposed two known child molesters to her 10-year-old daughter for their perverse sexual gratification was sentenced Tuesday to 6 1/2 years in jail. "This was a case like no other," Justice Gary Trotter said in passing sentence on the now 61-year-old first offender, who adopted the 18-month-old girl from Romania in 1997.  Last June a jury found the mother enabled convicted pedophile Randolph "Randie" Bartley, 54, to babysit her daughter between Feb 1, 2005, and Aug 21, 2006.  (QMI)


Child porn bust

VAUGHAN - 60 people, including 3 teenagers, face child pornography charges in what the OPP said is the largest bust of its kind in Canadian history.  The OPP said Thursday more than 200 charges were laid against the suspects from across the province. One suspect is also under arrest in the US.   (CTV)   MORE:  Charged Persons  .pdf

Guilty plea

EDMONTON - A local man admitted Tuesday to having sex with his own children and the daughters of two girlfriends and using a whip and a dog in his twisted crimes.  The 41-year-old man - who cannot be named to protect the identity of the victims - pleaded guilty to 8 counts of sexual interference, 8 counts of inviting sexual touching, 4 counts of child pornography, 2 counts of incest, unlawful confinement, attempted counselling of sexual interference, administering a stupefying drug, bestiality and using a whip in a sexual assault.  (QMI) 

Teacher sentenced

TORONTO - A Toronto public school teacher has been sentenced to nearly four and a half years in prison on charges related to child pornography.  However, with credit for time already served, Stewart Adams will spend less than two years in jail.  Adams plead guilty to possessing, distributing and accessing child porn.  (CityNews)

Removed from foster home

CALGARY - 3 young children alleged to have been raped by a 13-year-old boy living in the same foster home have been removed while the accused attacker is in custody.  (QMI)  


Time served

OTTAWA - Raymond Lahey, the disgraced Roman Catholic bishop who admitted he was addicted to looking at child pornography, will be released.  Lahey, 71, a Newfoundlander and former head of the Nova Scotia diocese of Antigonish, was caught in 2009 at Ottawa's airport after authorities checked his personal computer and found a large cache of child pornography.  (CBC)     MORE:  Raymond Lahey      Lahey to be released    Guilty plea   Guilty plea to 1 charge     

Conviction tossed

HALIFAX - A Cape Breton man convicted of sexually abusing boys decades ago has been acquitted of all of the charges against him because of the long delay in bringing him to trial, a judge ruled Thursday.  The Nova Scotia Court of Appeal found that Ernest Fenwick MacIntosh was not brought to trial in a reasonable time after he was extradited from India in 2007 to face the charges that surfaced in 1995 and dated back to the 1970s.  (CP) 

'Bureaucratic bungling'

Sex abuse case marred by crown

Victims outraged    

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Child porn charges

LAC LA BICHE - After an investigation in the US lead investigators to his doorstep, a Lac La Biche man is facing charges of child pornography.  ALERT's ICE unit has charged 62-year-old Daniel Quiring Stoesz with possessing child pornography, and making it available.  After some investigation, the ICE unit found the accused is employed by the Government of Alberta, as a foster care supervisor in the Lac La Biche area.  (CTV)

Child porn charges

TORONTO - An elementary school teacher accused of child pornography offences is in court.  James Robert Coulter, 41, works at East York’s Cosburn Middle School where he taught a Grade 7/8 split class. The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) said the charges do not involve any students from the school.  (CityNews)   MORE:  Teacher faces child porn charges

5 years

MONCTON - A 52-year-old Moncton, NB, man has been sentenced to 5 years in prison for what Mounties call one of the largest child pornography seizures in Canada.  Douglas Hugh Stewart previously pleaded guilty to the charges in Moncton court.  On March 23, police seized more than 5M pornographic images after a province-wide investigation was launched in 2010.  (QMI)   PREVIOUS:  Child porn guilty plea

You can't know about this

BRAMPTON - An Ontario lawyer has been convicted of possessing child pornography and given permission to resign from his profession.  But because of a publication ban imposed by a judge in his criminal case in Brampton in December 2009, there is almost nothing more you can know.  (Toronto Star) 

New trial ordered

OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada has ordered a new trial for a man who claimed he collected hundreds of child porn images for artistic purposes.  But in a unanimous 9-0 decision, the top court says an appeals court was right to overturn a trial judge's acquittal of Robert Katigbak.  The Supreme Court says the Ontario Court of Appeal was not entitled to address questions of fact on a Crown appeal.  (CBC)   MORE:  2011 SCC 48   New trial

Abuse arrest

VANCOUVER - A man who worked at an Indian residential school in northern Saskatchewan is charged with abusing boys at that institution.  Paul Leroux was a dormitory supervisor at the Beauval Indian Residential School in the 1960s.  He's accused of indecent assaults against 13 boys who attended the school at that time, the RCMP said.  The victims were between 3 and 18 years old at the time.  (CBC)

Girl kept rapes secret

CALGARY - Repeatedly raping his daughter - a crime kept secret because the girl didn't want her little brother to lose his dad - has landed a Calgary man a 6-year prison term.  Justice Peter Clark accepted a joint Crown and defence submission which spared the victim having to testify against her father. The father, 35, pleaded guilty last Oct 25 to incest for sexually abusing his daughter from the time she was 7 or 8, until she disclosed it when she was 11.  (QMI)


SYDNEY - An Ingonish Beach man has been sent to prison following a lengthy police investigation that uncovered thousands of images of child pornography.  David Carter Roger Archibald pleaded guilty to 21 counts of making child porn, 14 of distributing it and 1 count of possessing it.  Archibald was sentenced to three years in prison.  (CBC)  

Child sex offences

VANCOUVER - A Surrey, BC man has been charged with sex offences against 6 minors over the last two decades, and police believe there could be several more victims.  James Cardno, 46, was arrested and charged in March in connection with eight sex-related offences involving four children under the age of 16.  (CTV)   

Teacher guilty

VANCOUVER - A former acting teacher at BC's Capilano College has been found guilty of multiple sex offences involving children.  Michael Berry was convicted in BC Supreme Court in Vancouver on 13 sex-related charges dating back to the late 1970s and early 1980s.  The court was told the West Vancouver man befriended girls between the ages of 7 and 13. He then photographed or filmed them naked or engaging in sex acts with each other or himself.  (CBC)   PREVIOUS:  Former teacher faces 23 more sex charges

Child porn charges

CALGARY - A Calgary man has been charged with making and distributing child pornography.  The Southern Alberta Internet Child Exploitation Unit was involved in an undercover operation led by the FBI.  Roderick "Kyle" Janssen, 35, has been charged with possession of child pornography, accessing child pornography, making child pornography, and distributing child pornography.  Additional charges are pending.   (CTV)

Woman sentenced

BELLEVILLE - A southeastern Ontario woman was handed a two-year sentence for child pornography offences involving her infant daughter.  The woman pleaded guilty on March 1 to sexual interference and producing child porn.  Police allege thousands of pictures of an 11-month-old girl were found on the child's father's cellphone after he lost it last August.  The 24-year-old father, who also lives near Belleville, received a six-year prison sentence in February.  (CP)

Clown pleads guilty

KINGSTON - A Napanee man who worked as a clown pleaded guilty to child pornography charges.  Randy Miller, 40, pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of child pornography, one count of making child pornography available, and one count of sexual assault involving a minor.  He was arrested last October as part of an international police sting called Project Sanctuary.  Police found about 60,000 pornographic images of children on his computers.  (CityNews)   MORE:  Guilty plea


VANCOUVER - Crown approved charges against two men in relation to the sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl at a rave party in Pitt Meadows on September 10, 2010.  Colton Ashton McMORRIS, 18, of Maple Ridge has been charged with sexual assault, contrary to Section 271 of the Criminal Code.  Dennis John Allen WARRINGTON, 19, of Langley has been charged under Criminal Code Sec. 163.1 (2) for the production of the child pornography and Sec. 163.1 (3) for the distribution of child pornography.  (RCMP)  PREVIOUS:  Arrest in gang rape 

431 years

PLACERVILLE, Calif. - A serial sex offender has been sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison for kidnapping and raping a California girl and holding her captive for 18 years while fathering her two children.  A judge on Thursday imposed the maximum possible sentence of 431 years to life on 60-year-old Phillip Craig Garrido, calling the defendant's treatment of Jaycee Dugard evil and reprehensible.  MORE:   Jaycee Lee Dugard    Police focus on ‘monster’ Nancy   'Wait until you hear the story'  

110 years

LOUISA, Virginia - A Canadian man who travelled to the US intent on impregnating a 14-year-old girl and bringing her home with him has been sentenced to a whopping 110 years behind bars south of the border.  Alan Sauve, 48, of Windsor was convicted of 22 counts of soliciting a child over the Internet for sexual purposes.  (QMI)  

'World's largest paedophile ring'

HAGUE - International police led by a UK team say they shut down the largest internet paedophile ring yet discovered.  The global forum had 70,000 followers at its height, leading to 4,000 intelligence reports being sent to police across 30 countries.  The operation has so far identified 670 suspects and 230 abused children.  Detectives say 184 people have been arrested - 121 of them were in the UK. Some 60 children have been protected in the UK.  The three-year investigation, Operation Rescue, was led by investigators from the UK's Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (Ceop).  (BBC)  

Ex-cop jailed

PITTSBURGH - A former Ottawa cop is heading to prison for 10 1/2 years for traveling to the US to have sex with a minor.  A Pennsylvania judge sentenced Paul Maher, 60, Tuesday after he pleaded guilty last year in an online teen sex sting.  Maher drove nearly 965 km in his pickup truck in June 2008 to Mount Pleasant, Penn. to have sex with a 14-year-old girl he had been chatting with for nine months.   (QMI)  MORE:  Former Canadian cop sentenced   Guilty plea   Sex sting  

25 years

NEWARK - For eight years, John Wrenshall took young boys - some no older than four years old - into his home in Bangkok, Thailand, and charged men invited from around the world for the opportunity to videotape themselves sexually abusing them.  On Monday, the 64-year-old former Calgary scout leader learned he would spend the next 25 years in a US prison after pleading guilty in a New Jersey courtroom to three counts of an 18-count indictment related to his operation of what was, quite literally, a brothel for pedophiles.  MORE:  Judge sentences Canadian   Guilty plea   Man admits running child brothel   Justice Department release  

Child molester

OTTAWA - He slept with the 14-year-old girl, groomed her 11-year-old sister for sex play and used violence and threats to keep them in line.  On Friday, a judge sentenced Collin Robinson, 33, to 6 1/2 years in prison.  That's on top of a 10-month sentence he received for sexually interfering with their 4-year-old sister while he dated their mother.   (QMI)


TORONTO - Police say a York University researcher who was among 57 men charged in connection with an international child pornography network has committed suicide.  York University spokesman says Richard Dyde died Thursday at age 47 - a day after his arrest was made public.   (CTV)  PREVIOUS:  Child porn network   Clown, professor and university don among arrested

Child molester jailed

OSHAWA - A convicted child molester who befriended then sexually assaulted and videotaped numerous young girls has been declared a long-term offender and sentenced to 12 years in prison.  It’s recommended that Ross Stratton undergo treatment that includes chemical castration to curb his sex drive, Justice Paul Bellefontaine said in Oshawa court.   (Toronto Star)   PREVIOUS:   Suspect may be prolific pedophile    Friendly stranger and his house of horrors 

8 years

ORANGEVILLE - A former provincial police officer is going to prison for eight years for molesting boys over a 25-year period while he was on the force.  Robert Lewis, 63, was found guilty of 19 sex-related offences that occurred between 1969 and 2004 and involved seven victims.  (QMI)   PREVIOUS:  Retired officer convicted

1M child porn images

LADYSMITH - RCMP say they are overwhelmed by the discovery of about 1M pictures of child pornography found on the computers of a Ladysmith, BC, man.  The 64-year-old was arrested after police executed search warrants at his business, in his car and at his home in the Vancouver Island community.  Officers seized 10 computers and several digital cameras, web cameras, DVDs and 29 hard drives, all containing sexually explicit images of minors.  (CBC) 

Victim's mom sues

EDMONTON - The mother of a young Edmonton girl abducted and raped by a pedophile with a long history of attacking children has launched a $1M lawsuit against authorities.  The statement of claim, filed in court Monday, alleges the Edmonton Police Service, the Correctional Service of Canada, the National Parole Board, the Minister of Public Safety and the Attorney General of Canada are responsible for the attack by sexual predator Danial Gratton. (QMI)  

Sex offender ordered deported, again

WINNIPEG - A Winnipeg man, convicted 5 times of molesting children, has been ordered deported to his native Philippines.  Josefino Abelada, 49, had most recently pled guilty to two counts of sexual interference and one count of breaching a probation order.  He was sentenced Tuesday to 22 months in jail.  (QMI)


LISBON - All 7 defendants in a long-running trial in Portugal have been found guilty over the sexual abuse of children at a state-run home.  The 6 men and 1 woman include Carlos Cruz, a former top TV presenter, and Jorge Ritto, a retired ambassador.  Between them they faced hundreds of charges relating to the rape and abuse of 32 boys in the 1990s.  (BBC)    MORE:  Casa Pia child sexual abuse scandal   Guilty   Why Portugal is a haven for paedophiles   Carlos Cruz   

Santa busted for child porn

BARRIE - A Barrie Ont., man who played the role of Santa in the city’s annual Christmas parades was sent to jail yesterday for possession of thousands of images and movies of child pornography.  Daniel Gyselinck, 58, stood in the prisoner’s box with a snowy white beard and long white hair and was taken away in handcuffs after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography as well as making child pornography after he copied it from Limewire onto thousands of CDs.   (QMI)

11 years

VANCOUVER - A Burnaby man has been handed the longest sentence ever handed out in Canada for committing acts of sexual tourism: 11 years in prison.  In May, Kenneth Robert Klassen, 59, pleaded guilty to six counts of invitation to sexual touching involving girls under the age of 14 in Colombia. The offences occurred between December 1998 and March 2002.  MORE:  'Customer'   'Willing participants'   Guilty of sex tourism  RCMP announce charges in sex tourism case

Guilty plea

MONTREAL - Bill Surkis, the former Quebec regional director for B'nai Brith, has pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography.  It's a stunning reversal for the well-respected member of Montreal's Jewish community.  Surkis, 70, was Academic Dean of John Abbott College for 22 years, in addition to being the regional director for the Jewish-rights group B'nai Brith.   (CTV) 

Sexual assault arrest

KINGSTON - A man involved with an Ottawa church who was convicted in the past of assaulting more than one dozen choir boys in the Kingston area is charged with another historical sexual assault in Kingston.  Police charged John Gallienne, 65, with indecent assault. Investigators say the allegations against Gallienne date back to 1980.   Gallienne is a former Anglican choirmaster in Kingston, who pleaded guilty to 20 sex crimes against young boys between 1975 and 1990. He was also convicted of three more sex charges involving another boy in 1992.   (CTV)

Court overturns conviction

OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada has overturned the child pornography conviction of a Saskatchewan man, after agreeing his rights were violated by an unreasonable search of his home computer.  Urbain P. Morelli claimed his charter rights were violated because his computer was searched by police after a visiting computer technician noticed two suspicious links on his home computer.  In a split, 4-3 decision, the high court acquitted Morelli after ruling police relied on a "carelessly drafted" and "misleading" search warrant.   (CP) 

Guilty plea

QUEBEC - A man convicted of kidnapping a child, raping him and leaving him an empty fuel tank in Levis, Que. said he regrets his actions, though he maintains he has no memory of the events.  Pierre Defoy, 52, said he knows he committed the crimes for which he pleaded guilty to after seeing the evidence against him, and says he believes his victim ³100 %."   Dr. John Wolwertz testified that Defoy's struggles with his sexual orientation, and may have developed amnesia to divert his attention away from his crime.  Wolwertz also said Defoy was at a high risk to re-offend.  (QMI)

Pastor gets jail time

VANCOUVER - A Surrey  pastor was convicted and sentenced to jail after an explicit video was posted online encouraging the rape of a young teenage girl.  Larry Robert Collins was convicted for possession of child pornography.  He was sentenced to 15 months in jail, to be followed by three years of probation.   (CTV)

Man agrees to conditions

VANCOUVER - A man accused of child-sex crimes in Thailand and Cambodia has admitted in a BC court that police have reasonable grounds to fear he is a risk to the public.   A five-day court hearing had been planned for Orville Mader to determine if he posed a risk and should be held under a peace bond.  (CP) 

12 years

EDMONTON - An Edmonton pedophile who molested two boys and sexually abused a young girl has been handed a 12-year penitentiary sentence and tagged a long-term offender.  That means when Harold Francis Pretty, 59, is released from prison into the community, he will be on probation under strict conditions for 10 years.  (Sun Media)

Man found dead

ST ALBERT - A 45-year-old Edmonton-area man, who was charged with possessing child pornography, was found dead by RCMP.  Officers found the body of Kerry Glen Avey lying near a vehicle parked in the visitors area of the St. Albert RCMP detachment at 2:35am Saturday.   Police say Avey died from a self-inflicted gun shot to the head.  A shotgun was found near the body.  (CTV)  MORE:  Teacher kills self   Suspect kills self  

45 day sentence

WINNIPEG - Ross Brown was a respected doctor, a former president of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, and sat on the board of directors for Special Olympics.  Today he sits in jail, serving a 45-day sentence for possession of child pornography. (Sun Media)  

60 charges

WINNIPEG - A 19-year-old man was arrested.  He is facing a total of 60 charges, including 21 counts of sexual assault, 5 counts of administering a noxious substance, 2 counts of forcible confinement and 1 count of juvenile prostitution.   In a statement, RCMP said investigators identified 11 victims, all boys between the ages of eight and 14.   Police say the alleged offences occurred between 2002 and July, 2009.  (CTV)  MORE:  60 sex offences against boys

Family friend charged

TORONTO - A Toronto man has been accused of molesting a five-year-old boy in a Moss Park apartment.  The 50-year-old accused, apparently a friend of the boy's family, allegedly brought the young victim to his Sherbourne St. apartment on Thursday, according to Toronto Police.  Dennis James Taylor was arrested and charged with sexual assault and sexual interference.  (Sun Media)   MORE:  Pedophile accused of assaulting boy

24 years in US jail

MONTREAL - A former teacher from a prestigious Montreal private school will serve at least 24 years behind bars in Virginia after being sentenced on more sex-related charges involving children.  Richard Doucet was sentenced in a Fredericksburg courtroom Friday to spend 14 years and seven months in jail.  The 37-year-old pleaded guilty in the spring to 25 counts of possession of child pornography.  (CTV)   MORE:  More jail time   Another Selwyn staffer faces  charges   Selwyn House   'Sledgehammer' sentences adding up   Montreal teacher busted   Teacher also choirmaster   School rocked by another sex scandal

2 years

WINNIPEG - A 66-year-old Winnipeg man has been sentenced to 2years in prison after admitting he repeatedly molested his granddaughter beginning when she was 3 years old.  (Sun Media)

Charges tossed

AJAX - For two years Ray Collingham felt like somebody was holding a gun to his head.  The reality was even worse.  The 39-year-old former gymnastics teacher was accused - and acquitted - of having sex with an 11-year-old boy he had coached.  (Sun Media)

Lawyer named

VICTORIA - The Law Society of BC wants the public to know the name of a lawyer who was convicted of sexual exploitation of a minor.  Harold Garrett Power was convicted in May of this year and has since given up the ability to practise law, but a publication ban has until now prevented the society and the media from naming him.  A BC Supreme Court judge has lifted the ban, prompting the law society to send out a news release revealing Power's identity to "protect the public."   (CP)  

Man charged with sexual assault

CALGARY - Police have charged a Calgary man after receiving sexual assault complaints from three young girls dating back to 1998.  On July 10th, Child Abuse Unit investigators charged 53-year-old Ronald A. Sayers with three counts of sexual interference with a child under the age of 16 and three counts of sexual assault.   (CTV)

Teacher charged

VANCOUVER - A popular teacher at an Abbotsford Catholic high school has been charged with child exploitation after an incident involving one of his female students.   Abbotsford Police say the two charges against Martin Careen, 49, were laid after an investigation began in April.   (CTV)


Priest charged

OTTAWA - A local Roman Catholic congregation is stunned to learn one of their own is facing child pornography charges.  Father James Anthony Jordan, 63, a member of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, was arrested and charged with one count of possessing child pornography.  (Sun Media)

Ex-school employee jailed

EDMONTON - A diagnosed pedophile and sex addict who was a former Edmonton school teacher's assistant and volunteer with Kids Kottage has been put behind bars for child porn.  Todd William Tenetiuk, 41, was sentenced to seven months in jail, followed by three years' probation, after earlier pleading guilty to charges of possession of child pornography and distribution of child pornography.  (Sun Media)

Surprise appeal ruling

VANCOUVER - The BC Court of Appeal has more than doubled the sentence for a man convicted of sexually abusing his daughter for 13 years, starting when she was a toddler.  The Crown had appealed last November's sentence of 2 years less a day and the appeal court agreed.  The man must now serve a 5-year prison sentence, plus 3 years probation.  (CP)  


Ex-firefighter guilty

TORONTO - In a stunning turnaround, a Superior Court judge abruptly pronounced a former Toronto Fire captain guilty of child pornography, weapons and marijuana grow-op charges.  "The Crown presented an overwhelming case and I don't believe the evidence of Mr. Connor," said Justice Anne Molloy to former firefighter Scott Connor after his lawyer, Paula Locke, finished her closing arguments. (Sun Media)   MORE:  Judge convicts ex-firefighter

Child porn cases unfolds

EDMONTON - Local cops are closely watching what US media are calling one of the worst child- porn cases ever as it unfolds in Mexico.  Edmonton police Staff Sgt. Howard Kunce of the Integrated Child Exploitation Unit said it will likely take a couple of weeks for Mexican and Canadian federal cops to sort through the mountain of evidence seized last week from a Tijuana beachfront home belonging to Canadian Arthur Leland Sayler.  (Sun Media)   MORE:  Police explore local link   PREVIOUS:  Global kid-porn ring  

Marriage annulled

SAUDI ARABIA - An 8-year-old Saudi Arabian girl who was married off by her father to a man in his 50s has had the union annulled.  The case, which had generated local and international outrage, ended with an out-of-court settlement.  The child, who has not been named, had been told by a court last December that she would not be allowed to divorce her husband until she reached puberty. (Guardian UK)   PREVIOUS:  Divorce denied

Local hockey world stunned

TORONTO - Youth hockey team coaches, managers and parents were left stunned by a respected colleague's arrest yesterday during an international child pornography investigation.  James Ian Duff is charged with possessing, making and accessing child pornography.  "There is nothing at this point to suggest he's a hands-on offender," Toronto Police child exploitation unit Const. Joel Manherz said.   (Sun Media)  MORE:  Child porn charges

Child sex probe

Police across Canada have arrested more than 50 people on charges of sexual assault, sexual interference and possessing, making and distributing child pornography.  Project Salvo, the largest-ever coordinated investigation of Internet-based child sexual abuse in Canada, was led by the National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre (NCECC). (CTV) 

Police look for more victims

MONTREAL - Police have released a photo of a 71-year-old alleged pedophile in the hopes that other alleged victims will come forward.   Leonide Corbin is accused of molesting three young girls between 1971 and 2008 in Montreal and Lachute.   (CTV)

Pastor sentenced 

MONTREAL - A self-described pastor who hoped his "marriage" to a 10-year-old girl he took to bed would convince a judge to acquit him on a sexual assault charge was sentenced to five years in prison on Monday.  Daniel Cormier, who was convicted last October following a lengthy trial, has a maximum of 49 months left behind bars because of time already served.  (CP)

DNA links to accused

TORONTO - Sperm found on underpants worn by a 7-year-old boy matches that of an HIV-positive man accused of molesting him, a forensic scientist says.   Kelly Bowie, of the Centre of Forensic Sciences, said yesterday the chances of DNA in the sperm belonging to someone other than Donald Mumford are one in 2.2 trillion.   (Toronto Star)   PREVIOUS:  Threatened with death, kid testifies   Man molested me frequently

Families still want answers

REGINA - More than a year after Darren Philpott was arrested, and two months after he died in a Regina hospital, there are things Michelle* wants to know. There are so many questions she had hoped to ask Philpott herself one day, but they will now go forever unanswered.  (Regina Leader-Post)  PREVIOUS:  Part 1   Part 2   Part 3   Part 4   Part 5

Daycare volunteer

TORONTO - Paul Thomas was a volunteer at a city-run daycare in downtown Toronto, where he formed a special group called "J club" for some of the children he helped mind.  So when he repeatedly engaged in sexual activity with a 5-year-old boy, the victim was worried that, if he told on Thomas, he would be kicked out of the club and lose out on candy, prizes and a feeling of being special.   (Toronto Star)

Child porn arrest

VICTORIA - The arrest of a Victoria man for possessing child pornography has sparked investigations in 16 countries.  Matthew Cohen, 21, traded more than 186,000 child pornography images with hundreds of people around the world, Victoria police Det. Bob Elder said yesterday.  Details of the case have been kept secret until now to allow other jurisdictions to pursue suspects.  (Victoria Times Colonist)

2 charged

TORONTO - Police are asking parents of children at a daycare in the city's northwest to come forward after two men were arrested and charged with sexual assaults at the facility.  A 12-year-old girl told police that she was sexually assaulted by a man at Benevenga Day Care on Apted Ave.   (Toronto Star)  

Mom alleges sexual assault

MUSKEY LAKE CREE NATION - RCMP are investigating an allegation of a sexual assault on a 3-year-old girl by a group of preteens on the Muskeg Lake Cree Nation.  "All of those involved are under 12 so when our investigation is complete we'll pass it on to child and family services.  It's about getting help to everyone involved," Blaine Lake RCMP Const. Kirby Lavik said.  (Saskatoon Star Phoenix)

Police find child porn victims

TORONTO - A former children's store employee is facing child pornography-related charges after police discovered photos of three Toronto victims amid thousands of images seized from a home he frequented.  Geoffrey Tang, 36, also known as Chun Chung Geoffrey Tang, has been charged with 11 offences, including sexual assault, voyeurism and making child pornography.  (Toronto Star)

More charges

EDMONTON - A long-term offender now charged with the sexual assaults of two young girls did not meet Correctional Service of Canada criteria that would have prompted police to warn the public when he was released into the community in March.   (Edmonton Journal)   PREVIOUS:  Just hating pedophiles won't keep children safe   Long-term offender charged   Man charged   Abducted girl safe  

Senior arrested

EDMONTON - For the victims of sexual assaults at the hands of a St. Albert man, a decades-old quest for justice took a major step forward when RCMP arrested 85-year-old Anton Paul Rapati after he was spotted by an older sister of one of the children he allegedly abused.  After hiding out in the Netherlands for over fifteen years, Anton Rapati was arrested at his brother's house the day after a woman spotted the senior attending a St. Albert church.  MORE:  85-year old arrest for decades old assaults  

21 months

TORONTO - The actor formerly featured in a series of popular commercials for Alexander Keith's beer has been sentenced to 21 months in jail for possession of child pornography and making it available online.  In addition to the 21-month sentence, the judge imposed a term of three-years probation where Robert Smith is not allowed to possess a computer or any similar device except at work and cannot see his children unless another adult is present.  (CanWest)    Actor gets jail   Guilty plea

Ex-youth worker facing sex charges

REGINA - RCMP investigators are looking into the possibility more victims may be identified after announcing that dozens of sexual assault charges have been laid against Ronald Anthony Sawa, a former employee of the Saskatchewan Boys Centre - now known as the Paul Dojack Youth Centre.  Sawa, 58, was arrested by the RCMP Friday morning at his Regina home and taken into custody after a four-year investigation resulting in 39 counts of sexual assault involving 18 complainants.  (Regina Leader Post)

12 years for sex assaults

VICTORIA - BC Supreme Court Justice Robert Johnston has sentenced Saanich pedophile Otto Edward Schneider to 12 years in prison for sexually assaulting three young girls.  To recognize the harm done to each child, Johnston imposed three consecutive four-year-sentences -- one for each of Schneider's victims.  (Victoria Times Colonist)

Ex-guard jailed

TORONTO - A judge made it clear he had no patience for the crimes of a former Toronto jail guard and volunteer soccer coach who implored a woman to sexually abuse her grandchildren in front of a webcam.  "Cases involving the use of the Internet as a means of finding, collecting and disseminating child pornography appear in our courts with depressing regularity," Ontario Superior Court Justice David McCombs said before handing Matthew Hughes a 15-month sentence for the possession and distribution of child pornography, charges to which he pleaded guilty in March.  (Toronto Star)

Sexual assaults to cost couple $415,000

VANCOUVER - An elderly couple has been ordered to pay $415,000 in damages to their niece who was sexually assaulted by her uncle - abetted by his wife - more than 40 years ago after she lived with them following the death of her mother.  Joginder Singh Bains and his wife Darshan - wealthy farmers - denied being involved in sexually assaulting Karamjeet Kour Singh (now known as Vicki Waters) in a civil action last year but BC Supreme Court Justice Nancy Morrison found the pair responsible.  (Vancouver Sun)   PREVIOUS:  Judge praises courage of abuse victim  

Child-porn ring smashed with 27 arrests

MONTREAL - Twenty-seven men from various parts of the province face child pornography charges after police discovered a group was using a website based in Germany to trade computer files containing porn.   (Montreal Gazette)

School worker accused

TURNER VALLEY - A host of child pornography-related charges have been laid against an employee at a school on a native reserve south of Calgary.  Turner Valley RCMP launched an investigation on June 13, after "questionable" photos were found near a printer, at Eden Valley School.  Mounties then searched a home on the reserve, finding further evidence of child exploitation crimes.  On June 20, police arrested Leon Rider, a 42-year-old man from the Eden Valley Reserve.  (Calgary Herald)

Child porn charge

SASKATOON - An international child pornography investigation with tentacles all over the world reached Saskatoon last week with the arrest of a local man on a single charge of possessing images of child abuse.  Malcolm John Rollins, 52, made his first appearance before a judge in provincial court.  The charge stems from information provided to city police by investigators working on Operation Koala, a massive effort that began in Australia in 2006.  (Saskatoon Star Phoenix)

Child porn fighter or user?

TORONTO - For Brian Brown, "the world crashed" when he was arrested on charges of child porn - the very crime he says he was trying to fight.  The computer expert claims he was volunteering with the Toronto police to develop software aimed at combating child porn online.  But officers with the OPP and York Region police paint a more sinister picture of the Richmond Hill man.  They say they found pornographic images of children on his home computer and that he was distributing them.  (Toronto Star)

Man admits to child abuse, bestiality

CALGARY - The Crown is looking at having a former city man declared a long-term offender or dangerous offender after he admitted to sexually abusing an eight-year-old girl, bestiality and possessing child pornography.  Gary Wayne Todd, 53, who entered the courtroom in a wheelchair, pleaded guilty through defence lawyer Mark Gottlieb on Monday to charges relating to all three sets of allegations.  (Calgary Herald)

Fritzl's regime of terror

AMSTETTEN - For 24 years Josef Fritzl led a double life: above ground he played the upstanding family man, while in the basement he imprisoned and raped his daughter. Details are slowly emerging of how he ruthlessly planned his terrible crime.  (Spiegel)     PREVIOUS:   Elaborate cellar revealed   Fritzl incest case

Online sex predator jailed for 3 years

KINGSTON, Ont. - Red-faced and unwilling to make eye contact with anyone in court, a 23-year-old sexual predator apologized to the dozens of teenage girls he had fooled into performing degrading acts in front of their webcams.  "I want to say I'm sorry to the victims and families and I hope that they can move on now," Mark Bedford said before he was sentenced to three years in a federal penitentiary.  (CanWest)   MORE:  Canadian student jailed over porn

Man faces charge of luring

TORONTO - A 23-year-old Toronto man has been charged after a police investigation into sexually explicit online conversations with a child.  An investigation led to police searching a Toronto home yesterday, where a man was arrested, Toronto police said today.  Tyler Haas, 23, faces four charges, including luring a child.  (CP)

Child porn detainee jailed 6 months

TORONTO - A judge has jailed one of the last Toronto men to be sentenced in a massive international child pornography sweep called Project Snowball.  Superior Court Justice Robert Clark said that sentencing Mario Digenio, 62, to house arrest – as suggested by the defence - would simply be sending him back to the same home from which he viewed the "vile and degrading material."  Instead, Clark sent the slight, frail-looking restaurant worker to prison for six months, followed by three years probation.  (Toronto Star)     PREVIOUS:  Global child porn probe led to false accusations

Teacher faces child porn charges

A Prince George, BC high school teacher has been arrested and charged with possessing and distributing child pornography.   News of the arrest of Michael Gardiner, 60, a veteran English teacher, spread quickly through the 1,500 students of Prince George Secondary School.   (CTV)

Father admits sexually abusing daughter

CALGARY - A father has admitted he repeatedly sexually abused and took degrading pornographic pictures of his young daughter over a three-year period.  The 36-year-old man, who cannot be named in order to protect his daughter's identity, began the abuse when he slapped her in the head and pushed her into walls when she was 10, then sexually assaulted her as often as four times a month when she was 11 and 12.  (Calgary Herald)

Man pleads guilty

VANCOUVER - A former BC lawyer with a long history of involvement with children's groups has pleaded guilty to six sexual offences against kids dating back to the 1970s.  Gordon Hazlewood, 73, of Abbotsford, pleaded guilty in North Vancouver Provincial Court to four charges of gross indecency and two charges of indecent assault against boys, who were all under 14 at the time of the offences.  The charges date back to events that happened between August 1969 and November 1977.  (Vancouver Sun)

Child rapist convicted

VERNON - A BC man was convicted for the horrific kidnapping, drugging, and rape of an 11-year-old girl.  Paul LePage was found guilty in BC Supreme Court for sexual assault causing bodily harm and abduction. He was also found guilty of giving the little girl a drug to commit an indictable offence. (CTV)  PREVIOUS:   Prosecutors praise victim's composure  

Child molester draws 9-month sentence

DRUMHELLER, AB - A judge in Drumheller handed a man a nine-month sentence Friday for molesting three young boys.  The offender, who was 17 when he committed the crimes, will spend the first six months in closed custody and the remaining third of his sentence in the community under supervision.  (Calgary Herald)

Child porn arrest is GTA

TORONTO - A 57-year-old Brampton man was arrested on charges of luring, the third child pornography-related arrest in the GTA this week. (Toronto Star)   PREVIOUS:  RCMP promise more arrests   Edmonton man charged    Esquimalt man arrested   2 Vancouver men face charges   Network dismantled 

'Deep breach of trust'

PEMBROKE - A prominent Ottawa Valley priest whose service to the Catholic Church was rewarded with a Vatican post was sentenced to four years in prison yesterday for sexually molesting 13 young boys.  Reading from a handwritten statement, Msgr. Bernard Prince, 72, showed no emotion as he apologized to his victims for his "legal and moral" wrongdoing after being found guilty of one charge of indecent assault and pleading guilty to 12 more charges of indecent and sexual assault. Court heard the assaults took place between 1964 and 1984.  (Ottawa Citizen)

Suspect in 1979 BC rape returned

CALGARY - A US man accused of raping a nine-year-old girl in BC will be extradited from Nevada to stand trial in Canada.  Wilbur James Ventling, who went by the alias John James Stewart, was captured by U.S. marshals in Carson City, Nev., in October after 28 years on the lam.  Ventling, 63, had previously been arrested for 10 sexual offences in Calgary against young girls ages five to 13, alleged to have occurred between 1978 and 1979.  (Calgary Herald)   PREVIOUS:  Man arrested in 1970s child rapes   Rape suspect nabbed in US

Pedophile declared dangerous offender

A convicted pedophile who refuses therapy and admits to a strong attraction to young girls was declared a dangerous offender yesterday as an ongoing risk to the community.  A decision written by Justice Gerald Morin found Paul Delorme, 38, meets the criteria for several reasons. (Ottawa Citizen) 

Ex-scout leader faces new charge of sexual assault

VICTORIA - A second alleged sexual-assault victim has come forward in the case of John Gabriel Viszlai, a longtime Scouts Canada volunteer who was first charged last July.  Viszlai, then 49, was arrested July 11 at a Scouts jamboree on the Sunshine Coast and later charged in connection with an alleged sexual assault on a 10-year-old boy from 15 years ago.  (Victoria Times Colonist)  PREVIOUS:  Scouts volunteer faces child sex charges   Scouts volunteer in BC charged with sex assault

Ex-pastor jailed for sex abuse

WOODSTOCK - A Calgarian convicted of molesting a four-year-old Illinois girl blamed the child for acting provocatively sexually toward him before a judge sentenced him to three years in prison.  Kenneth Cooke, 73, told Judge Joseph Condon in a US courtroom Friday he tried to avoid the encounters.  (Calgary Herald)   MORE:  Molester claims 4-year-old provoked him

Mountie faces child porn charge

A North Vancouver RCMP member has been charged with possession of child pornography, a fact the Mounties kept quiet for more than four months.   Court documents show that Const. Andrew Ugrica was charged on Aug. 10 with one count of possession of child pornography.  (Vancouver Sun)

Fugitive caught by calling mom

CALGARY - Just hours after allegedly stealing a car in central Alberta, police say an 18-year-old man called his mother from his cellphone to say he'd abducted a six-year-old boy.  Little did he know his mother wasn't the only one listening in.  (Calgary Herald)   PREVIOUS:  Police rescue boy

Delta teacher arrested on child porn charges

VANCOUVER - A Delta teacher who has pleaded guilty to charges of voyeurism in Washington state was arrested when he returned to Canada Wednesday and charged with possession of child pornography. (Vancouver Sun)   PREVIOUS:  BC teacher faces 15 counts of voyeurism in US   Teen honored after tip nets alleged peeper    Police seize evidence from teacher's home    Teacher accused of voyeurism

Dealing with the devil

WINNIPEG - Peter Whitmore could be the poster boy for Canada's revolving door of justice.  His record for sex crimes dates back to 1989.   And while Whitmore, 36, has spent almost 13 of the past 14 years in jail, his brief tastes of freedom have been horrific.  He has been released five times, always to reoffend.  He has victimized at least a dozen children, probably more. He has given vague details about some attacks, but has not been charged with them.   PREVIOUS:   Life sentence for sadistic assaults   'It ends here.  It ends now'   Sex assault horror on boys recounted   Timeline of events   Crown won't compromise in pursuing pedophile  RCMP letter to pedophile missing Crown's signature   Crime scene   Whitmore charged with kidnapping, assault   Boys safe after standoff ends peacefully

'You are the architect of this horrific crime'

Randy Parish sat statue still in the prisoner's dock yesterday as his world collapsed around him at 4:45pm, the moment a jury declared him guilty of murder in the first degree and condemned him to life in prison for ordering the contract killings of young Chelsea and Cole Rodgers.  (Ottawa Citizen)  PREVIOUS:   'They'll never see the light of day'    How one man's twisted lies ended in murder   Internal police file found in apartment of accused   'Why I did it, I still don't know,' says man accused in fatal fire   Mother tells of horror   Children killed to keep pedophile's secret

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