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'I just signed your death warrant': Michigan doctor Larry Nassar sentenced to 40 to 175 years for assaulting gymnasts

By David Eggert and Mike Householder, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

LANSING, Mich. — The former sports doctor who admitted molesting some of the nation’s top gymnasts for years under the guise of medical treatment was sentenced Wednesday to 40 to 175 years in prison by a judge who proudly told him, “I just signed your death warrant.”

The sentence capped a remarkable seven-day hearing in which more than 150 of Larry Nassar’s victims offered statements about the physician who was renowned for treating athletes at the sport’s highest levels. Some confronted him face to face in the Michigan courtroom.

“It is my honour and privilege to sentence you. You do not deserve to walk outside a prison ever again. You have done nothing to control those urges and anywhere you walk, destruction will occur to those most vulnerable,” Judge Rosemarie Aquilina said.

Judge Rosemarie Aquilina listens to Abigayle Bergeron’s victim statement during the sixth day of Larry Nassar’s sentencing hearing Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, in Lansing, Mich. (Dale G. Young/Detroit News via AP, File)

Nassar’s actions were “precise, calculated, manipulative, devious, despicable,” she said.

When the hearing ended, the courtroom broke into applause. Victims and prosecutors embraced at the conclusion of the gruelling 16-month case.

Before serving the Michigan sentence, the 54-year-old Nassar must first serve a 60-year federal sentence for child pornography crimes. With credits for good behaviour, he could complete that sentence in about 55 years. But by then, he would be more than 100 years old if still alive. He is scheduled to be sentenced next week on more assault convictions in Eaton County, Mich.

In this Jan. 19, 2018, file photo, Olympic gold medallist Jordyn Wieber gives her victim impact statement in Lansing, Mich., during the fourth day of sentencing for former sports doctor Larry Nassar, who pled guilty to multiple counts of sexual assault. (Dale G. Young/Detroit News via AP, File)

A prosecutor called Nassar “possibly the most prolific serial child sex abuser in history” and said he found competitive gymnastics to be a “perfect place” for his crimes because victims saw him as a “god.”

Prosecutor Angela Povilaitis also said Nassar “perfected a built-in excuse and defence” as a doctor, even though he was “performing hocus-pocus medicine.”

“It takes some kind of sick perversion to not only assault a child but to do so with her parent in the room,” Povilaitis said. “To do so while a lineup of eager young gymnasts waited.”

She urged people to believe young victims of sexual abuse no matter who they accuse.

Although Nassar’s work with gymnasts received the most attention, the allegations against him spanned a dozen sports over 25 years.

Nassar turned to the courtroom gallery to make a brief statement, saying that the victims’ accounts had “shaken me to my core.” He said “no words” can describe how sorry he is for his crimes.

“I will carry your words with me for the rest of my days” he said as many of his accusers wept.

The judge then read from a letter that Nassar had written to her in which he complained about the sentence he had been given in the child-pornography case and defended his actions with the athletes as “medical, not sexual.”

“I was a good doctor because my treatment worked, and those patients that are now speaking out were the same ones that praised and came back over and over, and referred family and friends to see me.”

One of the first athletes to publicly accuse Nassar of sexual assault was the last victim to offer a statement at the hearing.

Rachael Denhollander who was victimized by former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar listens during the sentencing phase in Ingham County Circuit Court on Jan. 24, 2018 in Lansing, Mich.(JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP/Getty Images)

Rachael Denhollander is a Kentucky lawyer who stepped forward in 2016 after the sport’s governing body was accused of mishandling complaints of sexual assault. She said Nassar groped and fondled her when she was a 15-year-old gymnast in Michigan.

Denhollander’s statements to Michigan State University police put the criminal investigation in high gear in 2016.

“You have become a man ruled by selfish and perverted desires,” she told Nassar, who worked at the university and USA Gymnastics, the governing body that also trains Olympians.

Nassar pleaded guilty to assaulting seven people in the Lansing area, but the sentencing hearing was open to anyone who said they were a victim. His accusers said he would use his ungloved hands to penetrate them, often without explanation, while they were on a table seeking help for various injuries.

The accusers, many of whom were children, said they trusted Nassar to care for them properly and were in denial about what was happening or were afraid to speak up. He sometimes used a sheet or his body to block the view of any parent in the room.

Former gymnast Isabell Hutchins holds up gifts Larry Nassar gave her as she gives a victim-impact statement Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, during the sixth day of testimony in Lansing, Mich. (Matthew Dae Smith/Lansing State Journal via AP)

“I’d been told during my entire gymnastics career to not question authority,” a former elite gymnast, Isabell Hutchins, said Tuesday.

Hutchins and Mattie Larson, a former national gymnast, talked about how Nassar won their allegiance with candy, Olympic trinkets and encouraging words while they were under constant scrutiny from demanding coaches.

Former U.S. National Gymnastics team member and world championship silver medallist Mattie Larson addresses Larry Nassar, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, in Ingham County Circuit Court in Lansing, Mich. (Matthew Dae Smith/Lansing State Journal via AP)

The judge praised the victims who appeared in her court, calling them “sister survivors.” The women included Olympians Aly Raisman, Jordyn Wieber and McKayla Maroney.


In this Jan. 19, 2018, file photo, Olympic gold medallist Aly Raisman gives her victim impact statement in Lansing, Mich., during the fourth day of sentencing for former sports doctor Larry Nassar, who pleaded guilty to multiple counts of sexual assault. (Dale G. Young/Detroit News via AP, File)

Brooke Hylek, a gymnast who plans to compete in college, heaped scorn on Nassar.

“I cannot believe I ever trusted you, and I will never forgive you,” she said Tuesday. “I’m happy you will be spending the rest of your life in prison. Enjoy hell by the way.”

Gymnast Emily Morales gives her victim impact statement during the sixth day of Larry Nassar’s sentencing hearing Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, in Lansing, Mich. (Dale G. Young/Detroit News via AP)

Emily Morales had a softer message.

“I want you to apologize to me right here,” the 18-year-old told Nassar. “I want to forgive you, but I also want to hear you tell me that you regret all the hurting you caused.”

He did. She replied with, “Thank you.”

Associated Press Writer Ed White in Detroit contributed to this report.

This file photo taken on July 31, 2012, shows (From L) Gold medallist Team USA McKayla Maroney, Kyla Ross, Alexandra Raisman, Gabrielle Douglas and Jordyn Wieber celebrating after the women’s team competition of the artistic gymnastics event of the London Olympic Games at the 02 North Greenwich Arena in London. (BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)


Police arrest 80 people in province-wide child exploitation investigation

Police say 80 arrested in child exploitation case
Police say 80 people have been charged in connection with a province-wide child exploitation case.

Chris Fox, CP24.com
Published Thursday, April 28, 2016 10:29AM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, April 28, 2016 12:09PM EDT

A province-wide investigation into the exploitation of children online has resulted in the arrest of 80 people, including 8 from Toronto and more than a dozen others from elsewhere in the GTA.

Ontario Provincial Police say that they made the arrests during the execution of 174 search warrants over the last several weeks.

Those who were taken into custody are facing a combined 274 charges.

The charges include sexual assault, possession of child pornography, making child pornography, distributing child pornography and accessing child pornography.

A number of drug and weapon charges were also laid.

Among those arrested were a minor as well as a daycare worker from Milton that CP24 reported on Wednesday.

Police say the images that were seized depicted child sexual abuse, often featuring victims under the age of eight.

“This sweep serves as another wake up call to those who commit these monstrous crimes against our children,” Chief Superintendent Don Bell told reporters at a news conference on Thursday morning. “We will do everything we can to combat the threat that these predators pose to our children and our communities.”

Investigation spanned 27 jurisdictions

A total of 27 police services participated in the sweep as well as a number other agencies, including the Canada Border Services Agency and U.S. Homeland Security.

As part of the investigation, investigators tracked 2,038 IP addresses that were known to have downloaded child pornography or visited a known child pornography website over the 90 days.

Police say they ultimately didn’t have the appropriate resources to go after the people behind all of those IP addresses at once but anticipate that additional investigations will be undertaken in the coming weeks and months.

Bell, however, told reporters that it would be “naïve” to think that police have the necessary resources to take on the more than 2,000 suspected child pornography users.

“We cannot arrest ourselves out of this phenomenon,” he said. “Our community partners are extremely important, our education partners are extremely important. We have to take ownership of our children.”

As part of their investigation, police secured the safety of nine who had been working in the sex trade against their will. Police also identified 20 victims.

Though most of the suspects were charged with accessing and distributing child pornography, a number also faced additional charges of making child pornography.

“There has always been a misconception that this material is produced in third world countries but it is my experience that just as much is produced in Ontario,” Det. Staff Sgt. Frank Goldschmidt told reporters.


Canadian gets six years in jail after going to U.S. for sex with teen girl

by News Staff

Posted Nov 6, 2015 1:03 pm EST

A man uses a mouse to navigate his computer in a 2014 file photo. CITYNEWS

SEATTLE — A Canadian man has been sentenced to six years in U.S. federal prison for travelling to Washington state to have sex with a teenage girl.

The King County Sheriff’s Office says Tyler Beavis was arrested in December after school officials discovered he was chatting with a 14-year-old female student on her school computer.

The school district contacted authorities.

Beavis had claimed he was 22 but he actually was 31 and lived in Canada.

During chats, Beavis told the girl that he would fly to Seattle and get a hotel room so they could spend the weekend together.

Detectives learned that Beavis booked a flight from Toronto to Seattle in January.

When he got off the plane, he headed to the girl’s school but deputies followed him and he was arrested.

Assessment determines Stuckless doesn't meet dangerous offender status

Gordon Stuckless

Gordon Stuckless arrives at court in Toronto on Tuesday, April 22 , 2014. (The Canadian Press/Chris Young)


Diana Mehta, The Canadian Press
Published Thursday, October 15, 2015 2:53PM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, October 15, 2015 3:01PM EDT

TORONTO -- The man at the centre of the Maple Leaf Gardens sex abuse scandal does not meet the criteria for dangerous offender status, a court-ordered psychiatric assessment has found.

The 38-page report on Gordon Stuckless was compiled by Dr. Mark Pearce, a forensic psychiatrist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto.

Pearce interviewed 66-year-old Stuckless and also studied his criminal records, transcripts from his court case and his medical records.

"From a purely psychiatric perspective, it is not clear that the statutory test for Dangerous Offender designation, as articulated in the Criminal Code, is met," Pearce wrote in his report while acknowledging that the court could ultimately conclude otherwise.

Stuckless pleaded guilty in 1997 for sex assaults on 24 boys while he was an usher at Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens between 1969 and 1988.

He was sentenced to two years less a day, but that was later increased to five years. He was paroled in 2001 after serving two-thirds of his sentence.

In 2013, Stuckless was forced back into the spotlight when police announced fresh charges against him. He then pleaded guilty last year to 100 charges related to the sexual abuse of 18 boys decades ago.

Stuckless was also found guilty last fall of two charges of gross indecency linked to two of the 18 victims. His case is currently in its sentencing phase.

Crown lawyers in the case have indicated they intend to seek a dangerous offender designation for Stuckless, which would allow an indefinite sentence.

Stuckless's lawyer has said the label is unwarranted, particularly since his client has abided by the law since his previous convictions and voluntarily undergoes chemical castration.

In his report, Pearce found Stuckless suffers from "homosexual pedohebephilia" but does not have a major mental illness.

The psychiatrist noted that Stuckless' insight was judged to be very good and that he planned to continue in treatment for the foreseeable future.

"Mr. Stuckless is in his seventh decade of life and he has not offended sexually in two decades. While child molesters become less likely to recidivate with age, it is more compelling that this gentleman has accepted responsibility for his deviant sexual preference and has repeatedly and consistently engaged in treatment for same," Pearce wrote.

"It is my opinion that Mr. Stuckless is at very low to low risk for future sexual offence."

Pearce's report also said Stuckless agreed to avoid contact with children in perpetuity. Pearce quoted Stuckless as saying "I don't have the thoughts and I don't have the urges and I don't want to have that ever again."

Pearce also said Stuckless has complied with the conditions of his release since February 2013 and has never abused alcohol or drugs.

Stuckless' lawyer, Ari Goldkind, said Pearce's report confirmed what he had been arguing for some time.

"The dangerous offender test is simple and clear. Is Mr Stuckless, who I agree committed monstrous and horrible unforgivable acts, currently an unmanageable risk to society? The simple answer that I, and now Dr Pearce confirmed, was no, and it was not even close," he said.

"The Crown attempted to misuse an easy to understand dangerous offender law to appeal to a headline reading and justly revenge filled society. Dr Pearce saw through that."


Codi Wilson, CP24.com
Published Wednesday, May 6, 2015 12:29PM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, May 6, 2015 3:56PM EDT

York Regional Police say 41 people have been arrested in connection with a large-scale child pornography investigation that spanned 17 countries.

The police service’s investigation, dubbed ‘Project Hydra,’ began in April 2014 after police say they received information from the National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre about images of child pornography that were uploaded to the Internet from a home in York Region.

After executing a search warrant at the residence, police say they discovered it was a young person who had put the images online.

“The young person advised investigators that they had been chatting and sending and receiving child pornography with unknown people throughout the world via popular social networking websites and private chat rooms,” York Regional Police Insp. Tim Kelly told reporters during a news conference in Aurora Wednesday.

“Investigators had learned that the young person had been a victim of child exploitation and had been coerced into providing self-exploitive images to people online.”

From there, investigators say they contacted the administrators of a site involved and began to identify more suspects and victims worldwide.

In partnership with several other law enforcement agencies, including the RCMP, FBI, Interpol, and the OPP, York Regional Police say 110 charges have been laid across North America, including possession, distribution and accessing child pornography.

In Canada, 17 suspects were charged in connection with the investigation and 63 criminal charges were laid. According to police, seven of the suspects are from York Region and their ages range from 12 to 44.

Nineteen victims, including two from Ontario, were identified in ‘Project Hydra’ but investigators say they are still diligently working to track down others.

“While analyzing the sexual abuse images in videos, investigators found the victims ages ranged from infancy to teenage years,” Kelly said.

“The abusers appear to be people that the victims trusted or online predators that coerced the victim into creating child sexual abuse materials.”

Police say a parallel investigation that was launched in New Brunswick has led to the arrest of a 24-year-old Moncton man, who police believe may have victimized more than 2,000 people from around the world.

RCMP in New Brunswick allege the man would lure boys between the age of 10 and 16 by pretending to be a teenage girl.

Police say the suspect would contact the victims through online video chats and would use a video of a girl which appeared to be live. The suspect allegedly convinced the boys to undress and perform sex acts, which were then taped and distributed through the internet.

While York Regional Police were unable to confirm more details of the RCMP investigation, they said suspects often mask their identities online to lure children.

"People will utilize different images that they find throughout the internet and utilize different profiles that they'll be able to say, 'I am a young 13-year-old female,'" Det. Mark Van Wolde told reporters

Judge: No sex-abuse conspiracy existed at Maple Leaf Gardens

Gordon Stuckless

Gordon Stuckless arrives at court in Toronto on Tuesday, April 22 , 2014. (The Canadian Press/Chris Young)

    Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press
    Published Monday, February 2, 2015 2:48PM EST

    TORONTO -- The man at the centre of the Maple Leaf Gardens abuse scandal did not conspire with an alleged accomplice to lure boys into sex acts, an Ontario judge ruled Monday.


    As a result, the judge dismissed the Crown's suggestion that a conspiracy should be viewed as an aggravating factor in the sentencing of sexual predator Gordon Stuckless, a former Gardens usher.

    In reaching her decision, Ontario court judge Mara Greene said she had doubts about the reliability of the victim's memory.

    The victim had told a pre-sentencing hearing he was at the famed arena in the early 1970s as a 10-year-old when he came across John Paul Roby, another convicted child abuser, who contacted Stuckless on a walkie-talkie.

    "I have another one," the witness said he heard Roby say.


    Greene was skeptical.

    Even if Roby had uttered those words, they were ambiguous. To suggest they implied a "grand conspiracy" about herding up young boys would be an "unfair interpretation," the judge said.

    "Anything could have been meant," Greene said.

    In addition, the man testified that Stuckless, who is circumcised, was not circumcised at the time of the abuse, the judge said.

    While it is possible Stuckless, who pleaded guilty last year to 100 charges related to the sexual abuse of 18 boys decades ago, had the procedure later in life, the judge said it was unlikely.

    At the same time, Greene stressed she had no doubt the boy had been sexually abused, and her conspiracy ruling was not intended to minimize that fact.

    "This does not take away from the harm suffered," she said.

    Greene also rejected as an aggravating factor testimony from a victim that Stuckless had violently dragged him by the ear or head from a classroom, and forced him into a school washroom to assault him.

    She said it was unlikely Stuckless would have been violent toward a student in front of another teacher, who would surely have reported such an incident.

    Greene did find aggravating factors in three other incidents: Two involved evidence Stuckless had penetrated two boys with his finger. In the third, the victim testified Stuckless had threatened to run him over with his car if he told anyone about the abuse.

    The case returns to court March 6 for a date setting. On April 1, the court will hear arguments over a Crown request for a forensic psychiatric evaluation of Stuckless.

    Stuckless pleaded guilty in 1997 to sex assaults on two dozen boys while he was an usher at Maple Leaf Gardens. He was also found guilty in the fall of two charges of gross indecency linked to two of 18 victims.

    Prosecutor Kelly Beale has said she intends to seek a dangerous offender designation, which would allow an indefinite sentence. Stuckless's lawyer, Ari Goldkind, says the label is unwarranted, in part because his client is chemically castrated.

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    Suspect in assault of girl, 6, makes court appearance


    First posted: Wednesday, January 07, 2015 02:53 PM EST | Updated: Wednesday, January 07, 2015 04:11 PM EST


    STONY PLAIN -- A man accused of sexually assaulting and beating a six-year-old Paul Band First Nation girl made his first appearance by CCTV in court on Wednesday.

    James Paul, 21, appeared at the Stony Plain provincial courthouse by closed circuit TV. He remains in custody and his bail status was not addressed.

    Paul is charged with kidnapping, attempted murder and aggravated assault after the child, who cannot be identified due to a publication ban, was found unconscious in the snow on Dec. 20 hours after she was attacked.

    The girl was taken to hospital in Edmonton, where she is still recovering.

    A proxy for Paul's defence lawyer asked the court to adjourn Paul's charges until Jan. 14. They also cited concerns for Paul's security while he remains in custody at the Edmonton Remand Centre.

    The defence also expressed its intent to file multiple applications under Section 672 of the Criminal Code, which deals with mental disorders. Section 672 governs many forms of applications, including psychological assessments, determination of an accused's fitness to stand trial or a verdict that the accused cannot be held responsible for their actions due to a mental disorder.

    Paul will re-appear by CCTV on Jan. 14

    Toronto police issue alert about pedophile’s release

    James Alfred Cooper

    James Alfred Cooper, 79, was released from prison on Jan. 5, 2014. TORONTO POLICE SERVICE

    Toronto police are alerting the public about a man’s release from prison because of “his potential to re-offend against children.”

    James Alfred Cooper, 79, was released from prison on Monday following a 21-year sentence for several charges, including sexual intercourse with female under age 14 and two counts of rape.

    The other counts include assault cause bodily harm, buggery, sexual assault, five counts of gross indecency and three counts of indecent assault.

    Conditions of his release include a weekly report to the police, not to be at any daycare centre, school ground, playground, arcade, public swimming area, or public park, to not have any contact with anyone under 16, and not to be in any kind of relationship with a parent or guardian of children under the age of 16 until that person has been identified to the police.

    Police said he will be living in Toronto.


    Toronto man guilty of kidnapping & sexual assaulting girl, 5

    Ryan Belbin. Courtesy Toronto Police.

    Ryan Belbin. Courtesy Toronto Police.

    A Toronto man has been found guilty in the 2011 Boxing Day kidnapping and sexual assault of a five-year-old girl in North York.

    Ryan Belbin was found guilty of breaking and entering, abduction of a person under 14, sexual assault and sexual interference.

    Court sketch of Ryan Belbin, who was found guilty of kidnapping and sexual assault on Oct. 2, 2014. CITYNEWS/Marianne Boucher

    Court sketch of Ryan Belbin, who was found guilty of kidnapping and sexual assault on Oct. 2, 2014. CITYNEWS/Marianne Boucher

    'Not just a big-city problem': Dozens charged in Ont. child-porn probe

    Despite being a top priority for police, child pornography and predators are widespread. Peter Akman reports on the disturbing findings.
    Sixty people, including three local men, have been charged after an Ontario-wide child porn investigation. Katherine Ward has the story.
    OPP and partner forces announced hundreds of charges against dozens of people in a major Internet child porn investigation.

    CTV Toronto
    Published Thursday, September 25, 2014 10:46AM EDT
    Last Updated Thursday, September 25, 2014 2:47PM EDT

    Sixty people are facing nearly 250 charges in connection with an Ontario-wide child-porn probe – an investigation that police say shows that child exploitation is "not just a big-city problem."

    The charges were laid after Ontario Provincial Police executed 99 search warrants in both rural and urban communities across the province.

    "This isn't just a big-city problem," Insp. Scott Naylor told reporters at a news conference Thursday morning. He added that investigators viewed thousands of "horrific images" during their probe.

    "It is one of the most difficult jobs in police work you can imagine," he said.

    Among those charged are three people under the age of 18, and a Toronto District School Board (TDSB) caretaker. The board says that the charges "do not involve any students" from Northern Secondary School or any other TDSB school.

    "We know that this situation may be upsetting for some of our students and will ensure that supports are in place for those students," Northern Secondary School's principal Ron Felsen said in a statement on Thursday that was emailed to the students' parents and guardians.

    The OPP say the raids also led to the rescue of 14 child victims, and the seizure of drugs and some weapons. Police say they expect to make more arrests and identify more victims as their investigation continues.

    "The sweep carried out over the past few days is another wake-up call to those who commit these monstrous crimes against children," Chief Supt. Don Bell said Thursday. He said police believe most of the suspects do not know each other.

    During Thursday's press conference, police also displayed an animated map showing more than 7,000 unique Internet Protocol (IP) addresses that were gathered over a 180-day period. These IP addresses were flagged as “download candidates for suspected child pornography," police said in a statement.

    "This investigation highlights the pervasiveness of Internet-based dangers of child luring, sexual exploitation and abuse," Naylor said in a statement.

    Since the launch of the OPP's Provincial Strategy initiative in 2006, more than 23,580 investigations into child exploitation have been conducted.

    "The Provincial Strategy demonstrates the success that police services can achieve when working together and sharing our best practices and information," Bell said.

    The OPP have also laid 8,750 charges against 2,617 people between August 2006 and August 2014 as a result of the Provincial Strategy. More than 530 child victims have also been rescued and identified in Ontario during that period.

    The 60 suspects face a number of charges, including access and possessing child pornography.

    Read more: http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/not-just-a-big-city-problem-dozens-charged-in-ont-child-porn-probe-1.2023899#ixzz3ENIqo1B1

    60 people facing charges in Ontario-wide child porn probe


    Sixty people are facing close to 250 charges following an Ontario-wide police investigation into Internet child exploitation.

    The Canadian Press
    Published Thursday, September 25, 2014 10:48AM EDT
    Last Updated Thursday, September 25, 2014 2:46PM EDT

    VAUGHAN, Ont. -- In a massive co-ordinated investigation against online child exploitation, Ontario Provincial Police have charged 60 people and say they will continue working to put predators out of business.

    As of Thursday morning, police said, 99 search warrants had been executed across Ontario, resulting in 249 charges against the 60 suspects, who live in rural and urban communities throughout the province.

    "The sweep carried out over the past few days is another wake-up call to those who commit these monstrous crimes against children," Chief Supt. Don Bell told a news conference.

    Most of the suspects are not known to one another, Bell said.

    The raids also led to the rescue of 14 child victims and the seizure of drugs and some weapons, which police said were not gang-related.

    It's anticipated more arrests will be made and more victims identified as the investigation continues.

    Among those charged are three people under age 18, who cannot be identified under provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act. Others charged range in age from 19 to 63.

    "The charges include sexual assault, sexual interference, child luring, possession of child pornography, making available child pornography, distribution of child pornography, making child pornography and accessing child pornography," said Det. Staff Sgt. Frank Goldschmidt.

    "It is one of the most difficult jobs in police work you can imagine," said Insp. Scott Naylor, referring to the thousands of "horrific images" officers had to view during their investigation.

    In announcing the crackdown Thursday, police praised the Provincial Strategy to Protect Children from Sexual Abuse and Exploitation on the Internet.

    Since the launch of the initiative in 2006, the provincial force has completed nearly 23,600 investigations and laid 8,750 charges against more than 2,600 people.

    More than 500 child victims have been rescued in Ontario since the program began, police said.

    At Thursday's news conference, police displayed an animated map depicting more than 7,000 individual Internet Protocol addresses over a period of 180 days that had been identified as download candidates for suspected child pornography.

    "The Provincial Strategy demonstrates the success that police services can achieve when working together and sharing our best practices and information," said Bell.

    Read more: http://www.cp24.com/news/60-people-facing-charges-in-ontario-wide-child-porn-probe-1.2023908#ixzz3ENCli1Zy

    Five children rescued after investigation that targeted child sex offenders

    The RCMP address media about Operation Snapshot III, the nation-wide investigation into child exploitation.


      Alison Auld, The Canadian Press
      Published Thursday, June 19, 2014 11:55AM EDT
      Last Updated Thursday, June 19, 2014 5:49PM EDT

      HALIFAX -- Five children under the age of 10 were rescued by police following a national child pornography investigation that targeted alleged sex offenders and resulted in hundreds of charges, the RCMP said Thursday.

      Officers released the results of a four-month investigation into child exploitation that reached into every province, announcing in Halifax that more than 150 people have been arrested or are under investigation.

      Sgt. Michael Petrilli said almost two million images and videos have been seized, with many involving infants and toddlers.

      "I cannot stress enough what these images are and what they are not," he said at a new conference where he was flanked by about a dozen officers from 40 police agencies involved in the operation.

      "These images are not simply children having a bubble bath. They are clearly children that are in a situation where they are being sexually assaulted."

      Investigators said two of the children who have been rescued are from British Columbia, and the other three are from Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick. They released few details about them, but said they all knew their alleged abusers and only some of them were involved in cases of alleged pornography production.

      The 343 charges include sexual assault, luring, possession and distribution of child pornography, and voyeurism. Petrilli said 104 people have been charged, but more charges are pending.

      It's possible the investigation could move beyond Canada if it's found the material was sourced from or shared by people in other countries through Interpol or other police agencies.

      "I would be shocked if there are not some international investigations stemming from arrests here in Canada," said Sgt. Darren Parisien, an RCMP member from Saskatoon who worked on the investigation.

      He said most of the investigations resulted from police identifying possible offenders online, rather than receiving a complaint. That can involve an officer posing as a child or someone trying to acquire child porn.

      "We just go to public places on the Internet and see who's there and very quickly we're almost overwhelmed with how brazen people are in their possession and distribution of these images," he said.

      The RCMP wouldn't divulge the ages of the rescued children at the news conference but Parisien said they were under the age of 10.

      Parisien said the force is always trying to keep pace with technological advances that can allow predators to skirt detection, adding that investigators are becoming more skilled at using technology to more quickly categorize images and get them before the court.

      "We're certainly just trying to catch up and keep up," he said. "We're just trying to stop the bleeding for the most part."

      The latest seizure of material and subsequent arrests comes after two similar operations in 2012 that focused on the Prairies and northern regions, and in Atlantic Canada in 2013. Those resulted in the rescue of five children, 54 arrests and the seizure of millions of images.

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      Swirl Face’ pedophile who breached conditions gets three months, plus probation

      Thai prison guards escort Canadian Christopher Paul Neil, center, at criminal court in Bangkok, Thailand Friday, Aug. 15, 2008. Neil, who pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a 13-year-old boy was sentenced Friday to three years and three months in jail in Thailand. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/Sakchai Lalit

      Thai prison guards escort Canadian Christopher Paul Neil, center, at criminal court in Bangkok, Thailand Friday, Aug. 15, 2008. Neil, who pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a 13-year-old boy was sentenced Friday to three years and three months in jail in Thailand. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/Sakchai Lalit

      A British Columbia judge expressed “concern” that a convicted pedophile had installed software designed to conceal computer activity on a laptop he admitted owning in breach of conditions that had allowed him freedom in Canada.

      Judge Patrick Chen, who first curbed Christopher Neil’s freedom in fall 2012, sentenced him to three months jail time and three years probation for breaking conditions. Accounting for time already served, the jail portion of the sentence will last 48 days.

      Neil, who was dubbed “Swirl Face” by international media for disguising his face in videos, gained worldwide notoriety after his 2007 arrest and convictions for abducting a minor and an indecent act on a minor.

      He was deported back to Canada after serving his prison sentence in Thailand, and was promptly arrested when he landed at Vancouver’s airport under a law meant to protect the public.

      “In my view, the breaches are serious,” Chen said in Richmond, B.C., provincial court, noting the conditions were aimed at giving Neil the opportunity to prove himself no longer dangerous. “It’s not clear there’s a full understanding how serious these breaches are.”

      Neil pleaded guilty last fall to possessing a device capable of accessing the Internet after his arrest about 10 months into the 18-month period of conditions.

      Crown lawyer Gerri-Lyn Nelson asked the judge to sentence Neil to five to six months jail time and three years probation, arguing he made a serious breach that goes to the heart of the original conditions.

      Nelson also told the court Neil declined a psychological assessment ordered by Chen, which he was “entitled” to do, but that leaves the judge with limited data about his risk to re-offend gathered before the new offence.

      “Really, we’re treating him as an untreated sex offender, that’s all we can do,” she told court. “The result has to be jail, we don’t have any other alternatives.”

      Neil’s lawyer, Mark Thompson, asked for time served and up to six months probation for his client.

      He said that although Vancouver police seized a laptop, two cellphones and an e-reader from Neil, there was no evidence any other devices had been connected online.

      Neil purchased the laptop because he wanted to write an account of his time in the Thailand prison, court heard as part of the agreed statement of facts.

      Thompson added the judge should apply several mitigating factors in sentencing, including that Neil attended all court appearances, co-operated with the statement of facts and there was no suggestion of other breaches.

      “He’s treated much differently because of his background,” Thompson said outside court after sentencing. “Are we going to throw the maximum sentence at him every time? That’s not the way we do it. It’s his first offence in Canada.”

      Thompson asked the court for clarification just as he began his submissions on whether the Crown was alleging child pornography had been detected on the laptop. Nelson had presented a list of sexual content police apparently found on the computer in an earlier hearing, but made no mention of it on Tuesday.

      “Since Crown’s not alleging child pornography on the computer …” Thompson said as he began his submissions.

      In his ruling, Chen noted Neil’s pre-sentencing report said the man regrets his offending behaviour and he knows he should have waited until after the conditions expired to obtain a laptop. Chen also said Neil denied using the device to view child pornography.

      “What we are concerned with here is the prevention of criminal behaviour with the intention of protecting society,” Chen said.

      Neil has accrued 42 days in jail to date after being arrested in late March on 10 new charges. Half allege violations since he returned to Canada while the other are much more serious and fall under Canada’s laws against child-sex tourism.

      He has been held in custody since March, when a Port Coquitlam judge rejected his bail application.

      Neil’s criminal history, based on his overseas convictions, dates back a decade when he apparently went abroad because he couldn’t find work in Canada.

      It wasn’t until Neil was teaching English in South Korea when Interpol widely broadcast his image that had been unravelled in 2007, touching off an international manhunt. Hundreds of tips poured in, helping investigators track him down to a remote part of Thailand where he had fled.


      Maple Leaf Gardens sex abuser pleads guilty to 103 more charges

      Gordon Stuckless. CITYNEWS

      Gordon Stuckless. CITYNEWS

      The man at the centre of the Maple Leaf Gardens sex abuse scandal pleaded guilty Tuesday to 103 charges involving 18 victims.

      Gordon Stuckless, 65, entered the plea in a Toronto courtroom in relation to offences that took place decades ago.

      The charges include indecent assault, sexual assault and gross indecency and span from 1965 to 1985.

      Stuckless pleaded not guilty to several charges, including sexual assault with a weapon and buggery, and his lawyer Ari Goldkind said a trial on those charges is expected to get underway in the next couple of weeks.

      Crown attorney Kelly Beale is expected to request a dangerous offender assessment for Stuckless, but Goldkind said his client, who’s on a sex offender registry, continues his chemical castration therapy and has been living “a very law-abiding life.”

      “Since 2001, he is not a danger to society,” Goldkind said. “So again, if we call ourselves a lawful society, not just a vengeful society, Mr Stuckless doesn’t come close to meeting the test for dangerous offender.”

      But Allan Donnan, one of his victims in an earlier case, said he wasn’t convinced, given the scope of Stuckless’s abuse.

      “For 30 years, he was cold, he was calculated, he was premeditated, he thought about who, he thought about how, he thought about when,” Donnan said outside court.

      “What proof does anyone have that since he came out of jail there hasn’t been a single recurrence?”

      Stuckless was convicted in 1997 for sex assaults on 24 boys while he was an usher at Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens between 1969 and 1988.

      But he was forced back in the spotlight when police announced fresh charges against him in alleged incidents dating back decades.

      All charges relating to separate investigations by Toronto police and York Region police have been merged together.

      Appeal by Guy Turcotte who killed his children rejected: SCOC

      Guy Turcotte holds his daughter Anne-Sophie in an undated handout photo. Turcotte, a former Quebec cardiologist who stabbed his two children to death after his marriage ended, has been found not criminally responsible. THE CANADIAN PRESS/LA PRESSE/handout

      Guy Turcotte holds his daughter Anne-Sophie in an undated handout photo. Turcotte, a former Quebec cardiologist who stabbed his two children to death after his marriage ended, has been found not criminally responsible. THE CANADIAN PRESS/LA PRESSE/handout

      The Supreme Court of Canada said Thursday it won’t hear an appeal by a former Quebec cardiologist who is facing a new double-murder trial in the slayings of his young children.

      Guy Turcotte was originally found not criminally responsible in the 2009 stabbing deaths, a decision that enraged many Quebecers.

      Turcotte was briefly confined to a mental health facility following the verdict, but convinced an independent board that he should be freed.

      All told, he was confined for about 46 months.

      Last November, the Quebec Court of Appeal overturned the 2011 jury verdict and ordered a second trial on two counts of first-degree murder.

      The province’s top court said the judge made certain legal errors that opened the door to a new trial.

      The Supreme Court announced it won’t hear Turcotte’s appeal of that decision.

      As is standard practice in the case of applications for leave to appeal, the Supreme Court did not give reasons for its decision.

      Olivier, 5, and Anne-Sophie, 3, were stabbed a combined 46 times before Turcotte tried to take his own life by ingesting windshield washer fluid. His highly publicized trial heard that Turcotte was distraught over the abrupt end of his marriage and only remembered the night in flashes.

      Turcotte is currently detained.

      The judge hearing the case put off setting a new trial date until the Supreme Court made its decision. He also said the earliest a new trial could take place is sometime in 2015.

      A spokesman for the Crown’s office said it is satisfied with the Supreme Court’s decision and is ready to proceed.

      “The prosecutor in charge of the file will continue his preparation in view of the new trial,” said spokesman Jean-Pascal Boucher.

      Boucher said a date will likely be set April 4, when the case is scheduled to return to court in Saint-Jerome.

      Peterborough minor hockey volunteer sentenced on child porn offences

      James Brunton, 65, of Peterborough. Toronto Police.

      James Brunton, 65, of Peterborough. Toronto Police.

      A prominent figure in Peterborough’s minor and junior hockey community was sentenced to 15 months in prison and three years of probation for possessing, making and distributing child porn.

      But with time served in pre-trial custody, James Brunton was released on Tuesday.

      Brunton, 65, pleaded guilty to three counts each of possessing and making child porn as well as one count of distributing child porn.

      Two counts of possession and making child porn involved short video clips of eight male youths who were underage at the time (May 1, 2003 and Feb. 27, 2004), judge Peter Harris said Tuesday.

      The videos were taken in a locker room/shower area while members of the Peterborough Bees Hockey team were undressing and showering. The players appear to be in their mid-to-late teens and were unaware they were being filmed.

      The other counts of possessing, making and distributing child porn relate to a male youth who lives in the United States and was underage from Aug. 10, 2009, to Oct. 18, 2012.

      Brunton and the youth communicated through a website that specializes in sexual and cannibalistic fantasies. Thirty of 87 photos were considered child porn as well as three videos. Brunton paid the youth $3,528.62 for the porn over three years.

      During sentencing, Brunton stood up and apologized to his wife and family but not his victims.

      The judge said the damage Brunton did is “unquantifiable.”

      Read the judge’s sentencing decision below.


      Hassan Steven Jarrar, 41, was arrested on Feb. 4, 2014. TORONTO POLICE.Zoom

      Hassan Steven Jarrar, 41, was arrested on Feb. 4, 2014. TORONTO POLICE.

      Convicted high-risk offender charged with sex assault of girl, 14

      Toronto Staff Feb 7, 2014 11:16:15 AM

        Toronto police say a convicted sex offender described as a high risk to re-offend used the Internet to lure a 14-year-old girl before he sexually assaulted her in a west-end hotel.

        Hassan Steven Jarrar, 41, was arrested on Feb. 4 and charged with sexual assault, sexual interference, extortion, access to child pornography, possession of child pornography, making child pornography, luring a child and failing to comply with his conditions.

        He had been released from prison in June 2012 after serving 15 years on numerous violent offences.

        At the time, police called Jarrar a high risk to re-offend and released a community safety bulletin warning the public he was now free.

        On Friday, Insp. Joanna Beaven-Desjardins said Jarrar breached his curfew and first made contact with the girl on Jan. 1. The sexual assault occurred on Feb. 1 and Feb. 2, police allege.

        “It is alleged the male extorted the young girl into meeting him in person,” Beaven-Desjardins said.

        He then allegedly sexually assaulted her at a hotel near The Queensway and Royal York Road.

        Police believe there may have been other cases where Jarrar used the Internet to lure young women and are asking people to come forward. Beaven-Desjardins is also asking parents to educate themselves and their children about evolving technology.

        “Sexual predators surf media looking for a victim they can abuse,” she said.

        “Predators will misrepresent themselves and morph into what they believe the victim wants.”

        Jarrar was convicted for a 1997 sexual assault.

        After a “vicious sexual assault,” Jarrar left that woman’s “near-lifeless body in a remote area near Lake Ontario. She remained in hospital for several months,” Beaven-Desjardins said.

        Project SpadeZoom

        Toronto police Chief Bill Blair discusses "Project Spade" -- along with international law enforcement officials

        Irene Preklet/680News

        Close to 350 arrests made in worldwide child sex ring

        680News staff and The Canadian Press Nov 14, 2013 03:56:03 PM

        Police unveiled details Wednesday on a three-year child sexual abuse investigation that stretched across international borders and resulted in hundreds of arrests.

        The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said 348 people have been arrested worldwide in “Project Spade” — including 50 in Ontario and 58 from other parts of Canada.

        Police said 386 children — including 24 in Canada — have been rescued.

        “It’s a first for the magnitude of the victims saved,” said Toronto police Insp. Joanna Beaven-Desjardins, of the sex crimes unit. “The amount of arrests internationally, also a first.”

        A number of agencies assisted in “Project Spade” — including the Toronto police sex crimes unit, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the United States Postal Inspection Service, as well as local and international law enforcement officials.

        Chief Bill Blair also discussed the details of the investigation.

        Investigators said what concerns them is that number of the people arrested had close contact with children.

        “The arrests included 40 school teachers, nine doctors and nurses, 32 people who volunteered with children, six law enforcement personnel, nine pastors or priests and three foster parents,” Beavan-Desjardins said.

        The investigation was sparked in October 2010 when undercover officers made contact with a Toronto man on the Internet who was allegedly sharing child pornography online.

        Police allege Brian Way, 42, of Toronto, had been running an “exploitation movie, production and distribution company” called Azov Films since 2005, and had made more than $4-million from the business.

        Through his company, the man would allegedly contract people to create child porn videos involving children, mostly boys, between the ages of five and 12.

        Many of those videos were allegedly shot in Ukraine and Romania in apartments, dingy saunas and backyards.

        Police allege the videos were then distributed from Toronto — through the mail and the Internet — to customers around the world.

        Toronto authorities moved in to arrest Way in May 2011 and then, along with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, spent months re-creating a customer database.

        That information was shared with the RCMP and Interpol, which led to arrests of customers around the world and to the apprehension of those who allegedly created the videos.

        Way has been charged with 24 offences, including possession of child pornography, selling and distributing child pornography, laundering proceeds of crime, and instructing commission of offence for a criminal organization.

        Police said this is the first time in Canada that anyone has been charged with being part of a criminal organization in regards to child pornography.

        Police said the sheer amount of images and videos seized in their investigation was staggering.

        “Officers spent four days inside this business cataloging thousands of movies, computers and other media located during their search. At this time, over 45 terabytes of information was seized from the business,” Insp. Beavan-Desjardins

        “To give you some perspective, this is equivalent to a stack of paper as tall 1,500 CN Towers.”

        The Canada Centre for Child Protection commended the range of police forces that worked together on the international investigation but also issued a call Thursday for better safeguards against child abuse.


        Sting reveals Canadians willing to pay for webcam sex with girls

        Hans Guyt, project director of Terre des Hommes, answers questions of reporters in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Monday Nov. 4, 2013. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/Peter Dejong

        Hans Guyt, project director of Terre des Hommes, answers questions of reporters in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Monday Nov. 4, 2013. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/Peter Dejong

        A sting operation has turned up dozens of Canadians among thousands of adults willing to pay to watch a 10-year-old Filipino girl perform sex acts on a webcam, an international children’s rights group said Monday.

        The group Terres des Hommes, operating out of Amsterdam, said 54 Canadians were among more than 1,000 adults from 71 countries identified during the 10-week project.

        “It’s frightening to see that these people think that the Internet is a completely lawless space,” said one of the researchers for the group, who identified himself only as Peter for fear of reprisals.

        “The most shocking part of this — aside from the horrific child-abuse material that we were sometimes sent — was just the fact that it was so easy to catch these people. They have zero risk perception.”

        Detailed identification information — including names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses — was now in the hands of Interpol for passing on to national law-enforcement authorities to investigate, Peter told The Canadian Press from Amsterdam.

        Canada’s Criminal Code prohibits accessing child pornography and child prostitution, so the law should be adequate for prosecution, the group said.

        The sting involved setting up a pretend 10-year-old girl Filipino girl named “Sweetie,” who signed on to various public chat rooms that cater to teens and children. Predators would latch onto her almost immediately.

        “Show me your legs,” one wrote. “Do you like to wear your bra?” said another. “Babyyyy how much? $$$” said one named Dirty.

        As a backup, the four researchers created a 3-D animation of “Sweetie,” though it was seldom necessary to use it, to convince the men they were dealing with a real child.

        In all, 20,172 adults offered to pay between $1 and $100 using untraceable prepaid credit cards to have “Sweetie” perform a sex show via webcam — despite being told at least twice that she was only 10.

        “It was so clear that these people were after 10-year-old children,” Peter said.

        “Some men would say, ‘I’ll pay you $500 to see you and your six-year-old sister have sex’.”

        Exploited children suffer from depression, anxiety and aggression and have no idea about normal relationships and sexuality, Terres des Hommes said.

        Nor do they tend to go to the police. The group said it knew of only six convictions for such abuse.

        One occurred in June in Canada, when a 62-year-old man from North Saanich, B.C., was sentenced to five years for using a webcam to direct a Chinese father to sexually assault his young son.

        In all, the researchers identified more than 1,000 predators — including 254 Americans and 110 Brits — saying they would have been able to ID far more if they had more time and resources.

        Until now, Peter said, he believed police had a good handle on the webcam sex tourism. The project has shown that’s not the case, he said.

        “The idea that police are on top of this kind of child abuse is just an illusion,” Peter said.

        “It was so clear that they have no fear of police. They don’t even really try to hide their identities.”

        Webcam child-sex tourism is distinct from child pornography and human trafficking, which have become hardened industries controlled by international criminal syndicates, Peter said.

        However, the preying in on children in other countries via webcam is still a relatively new phenomenon involving individuals and sometimes families, he said.

        “It hasn’t yet hardened into a criminal industry,” Peter said. “If police stop it now, then maybe we will be able to curb this practice.”

        The group has posted a documentary about its investigation on YouTube — youtube.com/sweetie — and begun a petition aimed at pressing authorities and politicians to do more to halt such illegal sex shows.

        RCMP had no immediate comment

        Sex offender who fled Canada held on $100,000 bail

        Michael Sean Stanley

        This undated image provided by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police shows Michael Sean Stanley, a sex offender who recently fled Canada. (AP Photo/Royal Canadian Mounted Police)

        The Associated Press
        Published Wednesday, October 23, 2013 10:35AM EDT
        Last Updated Wednesday, October 23, 2013 3:07PM EDT

        SEATTLE -- A violent sex offender who fled Canada pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a harassment charge in Seattle as police explored the possibility of additional charges related to a sexual assault.

        Wearing a red jail uniform with his hands shackled in front of him, Michael Sean Stanley made a first appearance by video feed from the local detention centre. Seattle Municipal Court Judge Karen Donohue set his bail at $100,000.

        Nic Gross, the public defender appearing for Stanley, sought his release and suggested that Stanley could be required to check in daily if the court wanted those conditions.

        Gross said that Stanley has an uncle and a cousin in the area who could get him work as a labourer, but Donohue questioned those family links and said the circumstances of his flight raised concerns about whether he would show up for future court hearings.

        "The court does have concerns with the lack of ties Mr. Stanley has to Seattle," Donohue said.

        The harassment case came from an incident Tuesday morning in which police say Stanley threatened someone who asked him to be quiet. Authorities are still working to rebook Stanley on more serious charges, saying he is being investigated for assaulting a 16-year-old boy.

        In the assault case, authorities allege Stanley met a boy at a west Seattle grocery store, struck up a conversation and walked with him to an alley where he plied the teen with alcohol and attacked him. The boy pulled a knife and was able to escape, police said.

        Stanley had registered as a sex offender with the King County sheriff's office and listed his address as an intersection just a block away from Seattle's Pike Place Market, a scenic destination for both tourists and locals. It's also near a preschool, even though he had been ordered to stay away from children in Canada.

        Ilene Stark, executive director at Pike Market Child Care and Preschool, said the community felt threatened by Stanley's arrival in the area. The preschool reviewed its lockdown plan, kept in constant contact with security in the area, and provided images and descriptions of Stanley to teachers and parents.

        "It's been intense," Stark said. "It felt like there was a threat in our community and that we needed to be much more vigilant -- more than in everyday life. It was disconcerting."

        Stark said she was saddened that something horrible apparently had to happen before Stanley was collected by U.S. law enforcement. At the same time, she said her sadness was coupled with relief knowing that there is more legal control over Stanley's whereabouts.

        Detectives believe the attack on the teen happened before police received several calls reporting noise in an alley and Stanley threatening someone who asked him to be quiet. When police arrived, Stanley became combative and said he had a knife. He appeared intoxicated, according to authorities. He was arrested and jailed for investigation of harassment.

        Stanley most recently served a 32-month prison term after what parole documents say was a case in which he lured two mentally challenged boys into an apartment, lit a crack pipe and blew smoke in their faces and then sexually assaulted them.

        Parole documents also detail the sexual assault of an elderly woman and outline charges he exposed himself to kids.

        He was being monitored by police under a peace bond, which Canadian authorities can get to impose conditions on individuals in the community. Stanley's peace bond has 20 conditions, including one ordering him to stay away from children.

        Police in Canada issued a public alert earlier this month after Stanley cut off his electronic-monitoring bracelet. Officials described him as an untreated, violent offender who posed a significant risk.

        An American citizen, Stanley crossed the border and was located in the Seattle area last week. Canadian officials decided not to seek extradition.

        Before Tuesday, there was no reason to arrest Stanley since Canada hadn't pursued an extraditable warrant and he wasn't wanted for any crimes in the United States, authorities said.

        Edmonton police spokesman Chad Orydzuk said that Stanley's arrest in Seattle was "unfortunate but we can't provide comment. It's not our file."

        "If he continues to break the law down south you can imagine how difficult it would be for us to comment if he broke the law in different jurisdictions in the States. For us to comment on that, we couldn't keep up with that, if this was to continue," he said.

        Orydzuk said when Stanley breached the monitoring conditions in Edmonton, officials searched for him and notified the public and other agencies. Unconfirmed sightings of Stanley led schools in several west-central Saskatchewan communities to lock their doors and keep children inside.

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        Tougher laws coming for child sex offences: Harper

        Prime Minister Stephen Harper answers reporters questions during a joint press conference with President of Peru Ollanta Humala at Government Palace in Lima, Peru, on May 22, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

        Prime Minister Stephen Harper answers reporters questions during a joint press conference with President of Peru Ollanta Humala at Government Palace in Lima, Peru, on May 22, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

        Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced tougher laws for child sex offences on Thursday, trumpeting the proposed legislation as the most comprehensive attack against sex crimes on kids.

        “We’re doing this because every victim matters, because every child matters,” Harper said at an event in Toronto.

        “Our goal is a Canada where all of our children are safe all the time and everywhere.”

        The proposed legislation would ensure sentencing takes into account when someone has committed offences against multiple children.

        The new measures would see those people serve consecutive sentences for each child they have victimized.

        “Sadly there are truly evil people out there. The fact is we don’t understand them and we don’t particularly care to. We understand only that they must be dealt with,” Harper said.

        “To protect our children we must create a justice system that is more responsive to victims and especially more responsive to children and to the families of children who have been victimized by sexual predators.”

        Harper’s Conservative government has brought in a number of mandatory minimum penalties for various crimes over the years and this law would increase both minimum and maximum penalties for child sexual offences.

        The government is also looking to ensure the spouse of a person charged with child pornography offences could be obliged to testify in court.

        Harper said the proposed legislation would overhaul a system that had become “very unbalanced” when it came to protecting child sex abuse victims.

        He singled out the case of Gordon Stuckless as an example.

        The 64-year-old — who was once an usher at Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens — was originally convicted in 1997 for sex assaults on 24 boys while he worked at the famed hockey arena between 1969 and 1988.

        Harper pointed out that Stuckless was originally sentenced to two years less a day, a sentence which led to the suicide of the victim who brought the sex abuse scandal to light.

        Stuckless’ sentence was later increased to five years and he was out on parole in 2001 after serving two-thirds of it.

        He now faces nearly 100 fresh charges, all laid in the past year, which relate to alleged offences that took place decades ago.

        “There have been gaps in our justice system,” said Harper. “These gaps show that the system did not properly value our most precious and valuable treasures — our children.”


        Member of Wynne’s transition team faces child porn charges

        Jul 8, 2013 02:47:55 Pm

        A member of Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne’s transition team is facing several child pornography charges.

        Benjamin Levin, 61, was a well-respected educator, University of Toronto professor and political bureaucrat.

        Toronto police constable Wendy Drummond said Levin was arrested after an online multi-jurisdictional child exploitation investigation.

        “He’s been charged with two counts of distributing child pornography, making child pornography, counsel to commit an indictable offence and the fourth charge was agreement or arrangement for sexual offence against a child under the age of 16,” Drummond explained.

        Toronto police said they were helped in the investigation by police in New Zealand.

        A spokesperson from the Premier’s Office said they have no comment.

        Levin also served in the past as Ontario’s deputy education minister.


        Convicted sex offender Gordon Stuckless facing more charges

          Gordon Stuckless, the man convicted in the sexual abuse scandal at Maple Leaf Gardens, is facing more charges, police announced on Friday.

          Stuckless, 64, was convicted in 1997 for sexually assaulting 24 boys while he was an usher at Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens between 1969 and 1988.

          Seven men have come forward to police in the past two months, leading to several charges against the convicted pedophile, who was arrested on Friday.

          “I can tell you we received and investigated more than that,” said Det.- Const. Roger Villaflor. But those alleged offences happened in York Region and are being investigated by police there. Villaflor wouldn’t disclose how many people from York came forward.

          Last month, police charged Stuckless with six counts of indecent assault of a male, assault and possession of a weapon after the first two men came forward with allegations of assaults dating back to the 1970s. The men said they were abused when they were 11 and 13 years old.

          On Friday, police said five more alleged victims came forward since then and Stuckless is facing an additional 15 counts, including indecent assault of a male, gross indecency and buggery. Police allege these assaults happened in the late 1960s and 1970s at Maple Leaf Gardens and other locations.

          Villaflor said Stuckless worked as a teacher and a volunteer at local community centres and sports clubs.

          “I’d like to reiterate that there’s no template, or perfect time frame for someone to come forward,” he said.

          “With the passage of time, [the alleged victims] have grown, and are at a different stage in their lives and have come forward, and feel more comfortable.”

          “They want to see justice. I feel that they are seeking a sense of closure going forward.”

          Stuckless was released from police custody after being charged. He’s due in court at Old City Hall on May 3.

          Trial date set for Toronto man charged with sex tourism


          File photo of a Toronto police cruiser. CITYNEWS/Shawne McKeown

          File photo of a Toronto police cruiser. CITYNEWS/Shawne McKeown

          A trial date for a Toronto man accused of making child pornography while in Cuba has been set for late August.

          The six-day trial will begin Aug. 26 for James McTurk, 78, who is the first person Toronto police have ever charged with sex tourism.

          McTurk was charged with making child pornography, six counts of sexual interference, invitation to sexual touching and committing an indecent act.

          These charges relate to offences between June 2011 and July 2012, police say.

          Police said they received permission from the attorney general to lay charges for offences allegedly committed while the accused was in Cuba.

          According to police, the accused was initially charged last July with possession, accessing and importing child pornography.

          Only five men have been punished under Canadian laws against child sex tourism over the past 15 years.

          About one-quarter of sex tourists abusing children outside of North America are American and Canadian, says ECPAT USA, part of a global organization devoted to eliminating child prostitution and trafficking. Its Canadian counterpart, Beyond Borders, calls efforts by law enforcement here “largely reactionary.”

          Documents released by Foreign Affairs show 73 Canadians were arrested in a foreign country for abusing or molesting children or possessing child pornography between 2009 and 2011. That figure only accounts for people who requested consular assistance after they were detained.

          With files from 680News and The Canadian Press


          Appeal Court reserves decision on more time for convicted coach Graham James12/03/2012 | The Canadian Press

          Graham James is seen in a Stony Mountain Institution mugshot in Stony Mountain, Man., on March 22, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Winnipeg Free Press
          The Manitoba Court of Appeal reserved decision Monday on whether former hockey coach Graham James should serve more than two years in prison for abusing two of his former players.

          James is already eligible to ask for full parole and will be eligible for statutory release next summer, if his sentence remains unchanged.

          He pleaded guilty earlier this year to sexually abusing NHL star Theo Fleury and his younger cousin Todd Holt when they played for him. James was a respected coach in the Western Hockey League in the 1980s when the abuse took place.

          The Crown appealed the sentence and argued Monday that four years would have been more appropriate, considering the nature of the offences and sentencing guidelines.

          "He has to pay the price for what he did to his victims and the community," said Crown counsel Elizabeth Thomson, adding that the public needs to maintain confidence in the justice system.

          Thomson told the Appeal Court the trial judge erred in her approach and application of sentencing principles and put too much weight on the 3 1/2 years James received in 1997 for abusing other young players.

          James pleaded guilty in 1997 to abusing two other players, including NHLer Sheldon Kennedy. Although police asked him about Fleury at the time, James refused to talk about Fleury unless the player himself came forward.

          Fleury finally wrote about the abuse in a book a few years ago, leading to the new charges.

          James's lawyer Evan Roitenberg said the two-year sentence should stand, suggesting it is too harsh.

          He said the sentencing judge took into consideration his client's rehabilitation in the 15 years between James' first sentence in 1997 and when the new charges were laid.

          At trial, Roitenberg had argued for no jail time and said he still thinks that would be fair given the circumstances of the case.

          Roitenberg said James had an "epiphany" while in counselling after he was first jailed and realized what he had done to his victims. Until then, he thought they were in loving relationships.

          That was too much for Appeal Court Justice Al MacInnes, one of the three on the panel hearing the case.

          "For me, you are pushing a big rock up a steep hill if you want me to accept that," said the judge, who noted James threatened players to keep them from exposing him.

          MacInnes made it clear that if it had been up to him, the sentence would have been stiffer. But the Appeal Court judges are only looking at whether Judge Catherine Carlson strayed too far outside the acceptable guidelines in her sentencing.

          James served about 18 months of his original sentence from 1997 before being released. He was granted a pardon and left the country.

          He coached briefly in Europe and then worked in Mexico for a Canadian company.

          He was working there when the new charges were laid and he agreed to return and eventually pleaded guilty. The Crown agreed not to proceed with other charges involving another player, Greg Gilhooly.

          Gilhooly was in court Monday and said later that it's important to get beyond the arguments of lawyers.

          "There are victims of child sexual assault out there and the cost to society with the victims is intense," he said after the hearing.

          "We focus on rehabilitating our criminals. We don't focus enough on rehabilitating our victims."


          Court increases sentence for sex offender Graham James

            Graham James, accused sex offender, was sentenced to two years in prison on Tuesday, March 20, 2012, in Winnipeg. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

            Graham James, accused sex offender, was sentenced to two years in prison on Tuesday, March 20, 2012, in Winnipeg. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

            One of his victims rejoiced online Friday when the Manitoba Court of Appeal more than doubled the sentence of child molester and former junior hockey coach Graham James.

            “This is a great day for all survivors,” retired NHL star Theo Fleury, who played for the Calgary Flames, said in a post on Twitter after the court increased James’s sentence to five years from two.

            It was largely because of Fleury that James faced a second set of charges for molesting junior hockey players under his care. He had been convicted in 1997 for sex assaults against three others, including former NHLer Sheldon Kennedy.

            Kennedy also posted an online comment after the court announced its decision.

            “Everyday together we try to create a better place for our kids. I am confident the trauma our kids suffer from abuse is becoming visible,” he said on Twitter.

            Appeal courts don’t often interfere with sentences.

            “An appellate court should not intervene in either the duration of the sentence, or the type of sentence ordered, absent an error in principle or unless the sentence is demonstrably unfit,” Justice Alan MacInnes wrote on behalf of the three-judge panel.

            In this case, he said, trial judge Catherine Carlson did make a mistake during James’s sentencing in Winnipeg last year.

            “The decision of the judge was thorough and thoughtful. Notwithstanding, I have concluded that she erred.”

            James was a rising star among junior hockey coaches in the late 1980s and early 1990s. He had been named man of the year by The Hockey News in 1989 after coaching the Swift Current Broncos to a WHL championship and Memorial Cup.

            He became general manager and coach of the Calgary Hitmen in 1994. At that point, he’d already been molesting players under his guidance for years.

            He started with Fleury in 1984 and selected Fleury’s cousin Todd Holt for similar treatment in 1989. James pleaded guilty to molesting both men when they were teenagers.

            He was given two years, but the Crown argued in its appeal that Carlson had erred in her application of sentencing principles and put too much weight on the 3 1/2 years he received in 1997 for abusing other young players, including Kennedy.

            MacInnes said James does deserve some credit for turning his life around since his original conviction.

            “During the 14 years between the completion of his 1997 sentence and the date of his sentence under appeal, the accused, through therapy and his own efforts, has been able to control and redirect his sexual preference away from minors,” the judge wrote.

            “The accused has become a rehabilitated and contributing member of society.”

            If not for that, he would have faced a sentence of eight years, MacInnes said.

            “In my view, an eight-year sentence without adjustment for totality would, in all of the circumstances, be a crushing sentence not in keeping with the accused’s record and prospects,” the judge wrote.

            Man convicted in MLG sex scandal faces new charges

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            Chris Kitching, cp24.com
            Published Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013 1:11PM EST
            Last Updated Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013 1:27PM EST

            A man convicted in the Maple Leaf Gardens child sexual abuse scandal is facing new charges of sexual assault, Toronto police say.

            Police announced the charges Thursday after investigating complaints from two men who say they were sexually assaulted when they were children in the late 1970’s. At the time, one was 11 and the other was 13.

            According to police, the alleged sexual assaults occurred at a school, a community centre and at various other locations in Toronto while the suspect was a teacher and a volunteer at a local community centre and with local sports clubs.

            Investigators believe there may be additional victims.

            Police said Gordon Stuckless, 63, of Toronto was arrested Thursday and is charged with six counts of indecent assault and single counts of assault and possession of a weapon or an imitation.

            Stuckless is scheduled to appear in court at Old City Hall on March 22.

            Stuckless was convicted in 1997 of sex assault on 24 boys while he was a maintenance man at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto between 1969 and 1988.

            Stuckless was granted statutory release in 2001 after serving two-thirds of a five-year-sentence.

            Martin Kruze, a victim who came forward and brought the sex abuse scandal to light, ended up killing himself.

            Two other men were accused in the scandal.

            MLG usher John Paul Roby was convicted in 1999 of sexually abusing more than two dozen children, and was declared a dangerous offender in 2000. He died of a heart attack in Kingston Penitentiary in 2001.

            Equipment manager George Hannah died in 1984 before he could be investigated.

            Anyone with information about the new allegations is asked to call police at 416-808-7474 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).

            With files from The Canadian Press

            @ChrisKitching is on Twitter. For instant breaking news, follow @CP24 on Twitter.

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            Doctor who killed his kids is out after less than 4 years

            12/12/2012 | The Canadian Press

             Turcotte holds his daughter Anne-Sophie in an undated handout photo. Turcotte, a former Quebec cardiologist who stabbed his two children to death after his marriage ended, has been found not criminally responsible. THE CANADIAN PRESS/LA PRESSE/handout
            He stabbed his children 46 times. He was freed after 46 months.

            In the latest twist in a case that has shocked Quebecers, a cardiologist who killed his two children was granted his release from a psychiatric institution Wednesday, with conditions.

            The decision to release Guy Turcotte came as little surprise. A jury last year had found him not criminally responsible for killing his three-year-old daughter and five-year-old son.

            Since the court verdict, he had been in Montreal's Pinel institute where a panel Wednesday found him mentally fit to be released. The case had provoked a torrent of outrage in Quebec, with Turcotte becoming a household name.

            Turcotte told the hearing Wednesday that he wants to lead a regular, productive life — but he's concerned about his newfound notoriety.

            "I'd like to work, to do some good around me," the cardiologist told the panel.

            "My biggest challenge will be dealing with others, with the public. There's been a lot of badmouthing, a lot of things that will be said. There will be a lot of prejudice against me."

            In reacting to Wednesday's decision, his ex-wife said she didn't blame the panel that released Turcotte.

            She said it had few legal options, and she added that she was actually pleased with the conditions it had imposed. What she blamed was the broader justice system.

            "So we're freeing a criminal," said Isabelle Gaston, the children's mother. "I don't have faith anymore in our justice system — not with the current rules...

            "I continue to hope the justice system changes. If things don't change ... injustices will continue. Like this one ... and the ones you don't hear about."

            Gaston said she has spent a year researching cases like this and has seen huge disparities in the verdict depending on several factors — the judge, the experience of the lawyers in the case, and how rich the defendant is which she says will influence the quality of the defense.

            She said she hopes for changes in the way evidence is presented. But she said she still believes in the role of jury trials — despite last year's jury decision to let Turcotte go.

            The cardiologist had admitted to stabbing his young children 46 times.

            But he said he didn't remember doing it, hadn't wanted to do it, and had been experiencing blackouts on the night of the killings.

            He said he was distraught over the breakup of his marriage. Gaston had left him for a family friend who was her personal trainer.

            Turcotte's release was unanimously approved by a three-member panel. He will have to get annual mental-health checkups, continue his therapy, stay out of trouble, get approval for his choice of address, and avoid all contact with his ex-wife.

            But his legal woes are not quite over yet: the Crown has filed to appeal the 2011 court verdict.

            His psychiatrist said he didn't object to Turcotte's release, as long as he continued his therapy. Pierre Rochette said that after a reluctant start, his patient had opened up in recent months and made significant progress.

            "At this time I don't see any immediate or long-term danger," Rochette said.

            "(But) he'll have to find an inner peace after everything that's happened. That has yet to occur."

            Rochette added that an unconditional release would have been a bad idea, because of the progress Turcotte was making through therapy.

            Several cases like Turcotte's, including the 2008 bus-beheading in Manitoba and the Schoenborn child-killings in B.C., have prompted a federal policy change.

            The Harper government plans to make it more difficult for mentally ill offenders found not criminally responsible to be released from custody.

            The government announced proposed amendments to the Criminal Code last month, in the latest in a series of tough-on-crime initiatives by the Conservative government.

            The Tories plan to introduce a bill in the House of Commons early next year that would make the safety of the public the paramount factor for review boards that determine an offender's release.

            -With files by Pierre St-Arnaud

            28 arrested in Spain for alleged link to Toronto-based child porn network

            Published on Saturday December 08, 2012
            Alyshah Hasham
            Staff Reporter

            Spanish police have arrested 28 people and charged 10 others in connection with an international child pornography network allegedly headquartered in Toronto.

            DVDs sold though the network via three websites have been distributed to 94 countries for an estimated annual income of $1.6 million, the Spanish Ministry of the Interior said on Saturday.

            According to the ministry, the investigation began when Interpol passed on information from Toronto police to Spanish authorities about a network selling child pornography videos based in Toronto that had been in operation since 2004.

            Many of the DVD purchases on the websites came from Spain, said the ministry. Some users had spent thousands of dollars. The police tracked the purchases back to the addresses from which they were made in various cities across the country.

            The videos were made by exploiting boys from the Ukraine, Romania and Germany. Most children have been identified and rescued in their respective countries, says the ministry.

            Some of the individuals arrested are also accused of recording their own child pornography, or attempting to pay or force minors into sex. In addition to the arrests, police seized several video cameras, computers, hard drives, mobile phones and USB keys.

            Toronto police, who investigate child pornography cases domestically and internationally, did not comment Saturday.

            The Spanish arrests were announced days after the launch of a global alliance of 48 countries, including Spain and Canada, to fight online child exploitation.

            By conservative estimates, 1 million photographs of child pornography are on the Internet, with an additional 50,000 being posted every year, said conference sponsor Cecilia Malmstrom, the European Union’s commissioner for home affairs.

            With files from Star wire services

            Brampton teacher hopes Google will help him clear his name online

            Published on Thursday December 06, 2012
            San Grewal
            Urban Affairs Reporter

            Brampton teacher Alan Muliyil is an innocent man in the real world. But in corners of cyberspace — a living hell for him — he is described as a “sexual offender” and a “predator.”

            His lawyers are trying to change that, after Muliyil was cleared of sex charges in a prostitution investigation involving a 14-year-old girl.

            But it’s not easy to get Google, which controls 89 per cent of the global search engine market, and other online entities to do what you want.

            Though the Crown confirmed all charges against Muliyil were dropped three weeks ago, most of the information about him still online does not acknowledge his innocence. Much of the rush to judgment online presumes his guilt.

            “So far Google has told us they won’t do anything to assist,” said Todd White, Muliyil’s lawyer.

            White said Google has informed cyber-law specialist David Potts, now working on Muliyil’s case, that the information will have to be removed by the original sources and then Google will consider removing any links.

            Google was contacted by the Star, but did not respond.

            In May, Muliyil was arrested by York Regional Police and accused of soliciting and having sex with a 14-year-old prostitute.

            The teacher was suspended with pay from Fletcher’s Creek Senior Public School in Brampton, and also lost his volunteer position coaching with the Oakville Thunder Volleyball Club. He has yet to be reinstated in either position.

            White said the case of mistaken identity involved a mix-up with Muliyil’s phone number and a suspect whose description doesn’t even remotely resemble Muliyil’s.

            “My client has no interest in launching any lawsuits,” White said. “The only action he wants to take is to rectify the information online.”

            News of Muliyil’s arrest spread across the web like a virus, ending up on blogs and sites such as whosyourneighbour.ca, where the arrest is still featured under a banner that reads: “Sexual Offenders and Predators.”

            Former students commented on RateMyTeachers.com. One stated: “I wish the school would just fire him so that he doesn’t continue on hurting others.” The comments are still posted.

            White said the site and whosyourneighbour.ca have been contacted about removing the information, but neither has responded. Other sites have also been contacted.

            Potts won’t get into specifics of his strategy to get online information about Muliyil removed, but he outlines a general approach.

            “It’s about understanding the territory of cyberspace and deciding which ones are easiest to approach,” said Potts, author of Cyberlibel: Information Warfare in the 21st Century?

            Sometimes it’s easiest to get the Internet service provider, such as Rogers or Bell, to cut off the site for violating anti-defamation agreements in contracts, he said. Going after the source site is sometimes difficult, particularly if it’s not based in Canada.

            “But they can be cut off so no one will ever see it,” Potts said.

            Search engines can be approached as well, he said, acknowledging that once the information is put online, it’s sometimes difficult to ever get it removed — but not impossible. “There’s no blanket approach.”

            Theo Fleury leading walk to change child-abuse laws

            12/06/2012 | Marcia Chen, CityNews.ca

            Theo Fleury speaks about the Victor Walk in Toronto on Dec. 6, 2012. CITYNEWS.
            NHL star Theo Fleury will lead a walk from Toronto to Parliament Hill next spring to bring about changes to Canada’s child-abuse laws.

            "Everyone knows I was sexually abused as I have had a platform to discuss it,” Fleury said Thursday.

            “What Canadians don’t know is that it has also happened to approximately 8,000,000 other people in this country who have not had the chance to tell their stories and heal.”

            The Victor Walk will start at the Child Abuse Monument in Toronto's east end on May 14, 2013, and wind up nine days later on the steps of Parliament in Ottawa.

            Fleury and his supporters want a minimum 15-year sentence for each conviction of child sexual abuse, to be served consecutively; a five-year conviction for those who knew about abuse taking place and did not immediately report it to police; a national registry of pedophiles' home and work addresses; and increased funding for victims' programs.

            Fleury recently said he wished the Canadian government would follow the U.S. in handing out harsh sentences to sexual predators.

            Earlier this year, former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was sentenced to at least 30 years in jail after he was found guilty of 45 counts of child sexual abuse of 10 boys over a 15-year period.

            "I would say basically what we're all thinking is we need to sit down and take this seriously,” he said.

            “We look to the government for leadership but there's no leadership around us whatsoever. We'd rather bury our heads in the sand like we have for thousands of years."

            Fleury, who was abused by former junior hockey coach Graham James in the 1980s, finally wrote about the crimes in a book a few years ago, leading to new charges.

            James had already pleaded guilty in 1997 to abusing NHLer Sheldon Kennedy and another player.

            James served about 18 months of his sentence before being released. He was granted a pardon and left the country, coaching briefly in Europe and then working in Mexico for a Canadian company.

            He was working there when the new charges arose, and he agreed to return and eventually pleaded guilty.

            The Manitoba Court of Appeal reserved decision Monday on whether James should serve more than two years in prison for abusing Fleury and Fleury’s younger cousin Todd Holt.

            James is already eligible for full parole and will be eligible for statutory release next summer if his sentence remains unchanged.


            Appeal Court reserves decision on more time for convicted coach Graham James

            12/03/2012 | The Canadian Press

            ham James is seen in a Stony Mountain Institution mugshot in Stony Mountain, Man., on March 22, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Winnipeg Free Press
            The Manitoba Court of Appeal reserved decision Monday on whether former hockey coach Graham James should serve more than two years in prison for abusing two of his former players.

            James is already eligible to ask for full parole and will be eligible for statutory release next summer, if his sentence remains unchanged.

            He pleaded guilty earlier this year to sexually abusing NHL star Theo Fleury and his younger cousin Todd Holt when they played for him. James was a respected coach in the Western Hockey League in the 1980s when the abuse took place.

            The Crown appealed the sentence and argued Monday that four years would have been more appropriate, considering the nature of the offences and sentencing guidelines.

            "He has to pay the price for what he did to his victims and the community," said Crown counsel Elizabeth Thomson, adding that the public needs to maintain confidence in the justice system.

            Thomson told the Appeal Court the trial judge erred in her approach and application of sentencing principles and put too much weight on the 3 1/2 years James received in 1997 for abusing other young players.

            James pleaded guilty in 1997 to abusing two other players, including NHLer Sheldon Kennedy. Although police asked him about Fleury at the time, James refused to talk about Fleury unless the player himself came forward.

            Fleury finally wrote about the abuse in a book a few years ago, leading to the new charges.

            James's lawyer Evan Roitenberg said the two-year sentence should stand, suggesting it is too harsh.

            He said the sentencing judge took into consideration his client's rehabilitation in the 15 years between James' first sentence in 1997 and when the new charges were laid.

            At trial, Roitenberg had argued for no jail time and said he still thinks that would be fair given the circumstances of the case.

            Roitenberg said James had an "epiphany" while in counselling after he was first jailed and realized what he had done to his victims. Until then, he thought they were in loving relationships.

            That was too much for Appeal Court Justice Al MacInnes, one of the three on the panel hearing the case.

            "For me, you are pushing a big rock up a steep hill if you want me to accept that," said the judge, who noted James threatened players to keep them from exposing him.

            MacInnes made it clear that if it had been up to him, the sentence would have been stiffer. But the Appeal Court judges are only looking at whether Judge Catherine Carlson strayed too far outside the acceptable guidelines in her sentencing.

            James served about 18 months of his original sentence from 1997 before being released. He was granted a pardon and left the country.

            He coached briefly in Europe and then worked in Mexico for a Canadian company.

            He was working there when the new charges were laid and he agreed to return and eventually pleaded guilty. The Crown agreed not to proceed with other charges involving another player, Greg Gilhooly.

            Gilhooly was in court Monday and said later that it's important to get beyond the arguments of lawyers.

            "There are victims of child sexual assault out there and the cost to society with the victims is intense," he said after the hearing.

            "We focus on rehabilitating our criminals. We don't focus enough on rehabilitating our victims."

            Man charged for attempted kidnapping of boy, 5, at mall

            12/03/2012 | Erin Criger, CityNews.ca

            Stevzjan, 44, is facing a chargattempted abduction. CITYNEWS.
            A Christmas shopping trip turned into a frightening ordeal for two Welland parents when their five-year-old son was nearly abducted on Sunday.

            Niagara Regional Police said a mother, father and their son were shopping at the toy section of Zellers at Seaway Mall around 2 p.m.

            The woman was holding her son’s hand when she felt a tug on her arm. She turned to find a man pulling on her son’s other hand, attempting to take him from her, police said.

            She yelled and the man tried to run away but was stopped by the boy’s father.

            The boy’s father turned him over to Zeller’s management, who escorted him out of the store. He then ran away again.

            Police arrested Steven Hozjan, 44, later that day. He was charged with attempted abduction and was scheduled to appear in court Monday.

            Crown in court to appeal Graham James sentence

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            Graham James arrives at court on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 in Winnipeg for sentencing. (The Canadian Press/John Woods)


            The Canadian Press
            Published Monday, Dec. 3, 2012 5:10AM EST

            WINNIPEG -- The prosecution in the Graham James case returns to court in Winnipeg this morning to try to appeal the two-year sentence the former hockey coach was handed for sexual abuse.

            James was convicted of sexually abusing two of his former players -- NHL star Theo Fleury and his younger cousin Todd Holt -- in the 1980s when the two were teenagers.

            The Crown is asking for a six-year sentence, arguing the judge put too much stock in prior sentencing decisions for similar offences.

            If the Crown isn't successful in its appeal, James `will be eligible for statutory release next July.

            Back in 1997, James was sentenced to 3 1/2 years for molesting former NHLer Sheldon Kennedy and two other players.

            He finished serving that sentence in 2000.

            Read more: http://www.cp24.com/news/crown-in-court-to-appeal-graham-james-sentence-1.1063108#ixzz2Dz3R2LL8

            Sandusky and his victims to address court at sentencing: lawyers

            10/08/2012 | Mark Scolforo, The Associated Press

            Jerry Sandusky and at least some of his victims plan to address the judge at his sentencing, a proceeding that may last less than two hours, lawyers said after a closed-door meeting to iron out logistics ahead of the Tuesday hearing.

            Sandusky lawyer Joe Amendola said "it's as certain as certain can be" that the former Penn State assistant football coach will speak to Judge John Cleland and assert his innocence before he is sentenced on 45 counts of child sexual abuse.

            "What I anticipate he'll say is he's innocent," Amendola said outside the courthouse Monday afternoon.

            Amendola said he did not expect any others to speak on Sandusky's behalf, although friends and family members — including his wife, Dottie — have written letters of support. Dottie Sandusky plans to attend the hearing, he said.

            Given the number of charges, the serious nature of his crimes and his age, the 68-year-old Sandusky faces the likelihood of a sentence that will send him to state prison for the rest of his life. Sandusky was convicted in June of abusing 10 boys over 15 years, including some attacks inside Penn State athletic facilities.

            "The important thing for us is, it starts the appellate process," Amendola said.

            One element of the appeal is expected to be a claim that the defence did not have time to adequately prepare for trial. Sandusky was charged in November, following a lengthy investigation.

            Tom Kline, lawyer for a young man who said Sandusky groped him in a shower when he was 12 or 13, said his client plans to read a statement Tuesday.

            "He's going to tell the judge how this has affected him, how it's been painful and difficult," Kline said.

            Lead prosecutor Joe McGettigan said as many as a half-dozen victims are expected to be heard.

            The eight victims who testified against Sandusky at trial described abuse that ranged from grooming and fondling to oral and anal sex. Sandusky did not take the stand, but gave interviews shortly after his arrest in which he declared he was not guilty.

            Karl Rominger, another Sandusky defence lawyer, said the sentencing and a related proceeding to determine if Sandusky qualifies as a sexually violent predator under Pennsylvania's version of Megan's Law should take less than two hours.

            Rominger said a 30-year minimum sentence — which would keep Sandusky behind bars at least until he's nearly 100 — was probably the most the defence could hope for.

            Rominger said on WHP radio that Sandusky knows the judge could impose a longer sentence if Sandusky insists he is innocent, but some offences carry mandatory minimums that are likely to translate into an effective life sentence.

            "Why worry about the niceties of pleasing the court when it won't change your sentence?" Rominger said.

            Along with Sandusky, prosecutors last year also arrested two Penn State administrators and charged them with lying to the grand jury that investigated Sandusky and failing to properly report suspected abuse. Tim Curley, the athletic director on leave, and Gary Schultz, a retired vice-president for business and finance, deny the charges and await sentencing.

            The case led to the firing of longtime head football coach Joe Paterno, who died from lung cancer in January, and the ouster of university president Graham Spanier, who remains a faculty member. Eight legal teams that represent at least 20 victims or other potential civil claimants have surfaced, and Penn State has indicated its desire to settle claims out of court.

            After Tuesday's sentencing hearing, Sandusky most likely would be sent to Camp Hill state prison. There, he would be tested and evaluated by Department of Corrections personnel, who will determine which institution he will be sent to.

            Men wanted in confinement case may be in Ontario

            Wayne Cunningham, left, and David Leblanc are shown in RCMP handout photo. (The Canadian Press/HO-RCMP)

            Wayne Cunningham, left, and David Leblanc are shown in RCMP handout photo. (The Canadian Press/HO-RCM

            The Canadian Press
            Published Friday, Sep. 28, 2012 5:53AM EDT

            LUNENBURG, N.S. - RCMP say two men charged with the sexual assault and unlawful confinement of a 16-year-old boy in Nova Scotia are believed to be in Ontario.

            Sergeant Alain Leblanc says the accused, 47-year-old David James Leblanc and 31-year-old Wayne Alan Cunningham, are believed to be travelling in a grey 2003 Hyundai Elantra with a Nova Scotia licence plate of FBP 233.

            Meanwhile, a court document says the teen was sleeping on the streets of Halifax when he awoke to find himself in a van and was taken to a home in Upper Chelsea where two men kept him captive and sexually assaulted him earlier this month.

            It says the Mounties began their investigation after a woman reported Monday evening that a teenager who was chained at his ankles and wrists knocked on her door.

            The document says the two men held the boy against his will and sexually assaulted him over several days.

            The RCMP say the boy was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries and is safe.

            Read more: http://www.cp24.com/news/men-wanted-in-confinement-case-may-be-in-ontario-1.975022#ixzz27lpGJ7D2

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          • Ex-Penn State assistant coach Sandusky convicted of 45 counts in sex abuse trial

            06/22/2012 | Genaro C. Armas,Mark Scolforo, The Associated Press

            Penn State Abuse Former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky arrives at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa., Friday, June 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Centre Daily Times, Nabil K. Mark)
            Accuser's lawyers: Sandusky 'unconvincing'
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            Jerry Sandusky was convicted Friday of sexually assaulting 10 boys over 15 years, accusations that shattered the Happy Valley image of Penn State football and led to the firing of Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno.

            Sandusky, a 68-year-old retired defensive coach who was once Paterno's heir apparent, was found guilty of 45 of 48 counts.

            Sandusky showed little emotion as the verdict was read. The judge ordered him to be taken to the county jail to await sentencing in about three months. He faces the possibility of life in prison.

            The judge revoked Sandusky's bail and ordered him jailed. In court, Sandusky half-waved toward family as the sheriff led him away. Outside, he calmly walked to a sheriff's car with his hands cuffed in front of him.

            As he was placed in the car, someone yelled at him to "rot in hell." Others hurled insults and he shook his head no in response.


            Almost immediately after the judge adjourned, loud cheers could be heard from at least a couple hundred people gathered outside the courthouse as word quickly spread that Sandusky had been convicted. The group included victim advocates and local residents with their kids. Many held up their smartphones to take pictures as people filtered out of the building.

            Eight young men testified in a central Pennsylvania courtroom about a range of abuse, from kissing and massages to groping, oral sex and anal rape. For two other alleged victims, prosecutors relied on testimony from a university janitor and then-graduate assistant Mike McQueary, whose account of a sexual encounter between Sandusky and a boy of about 10 ultimately led to the Paterno's dismissal and the university president's ouster.

            Sandusky did not take the stand in his own defence.

            He had repeatedly denied the allegations, and his defence suggested that his accusers had a financial motive to make up stories, years after the fact. His lawyer also painted Sandusky as the victim of overzealous police investigators who coached the alleged victims into giving accusatory statements.

            But jurors believed the testimony that, in the words of lead prosecutor Joseph McGettigan III, Sandusky was a "predatory pedophile."

            One accuser testified that Sandusky molested him in the locker-room showers and in hotels while trying to ensure his silence with gifts and trips to bowl games. He also said Sandusky had sent him "creepy love letters."

            Another spoke of forced oral sex and instances of rape in the basement of Sandusky's home, including abuse that left him bleeding. He said he once tried to scream for help, knowing that Sandusky's wife was upstairs, but figured the basement must be soundproof.

            Another, a foster child, said Sandusky warned that he would never see his family again if he ever told anyone what happened.

            And just hours after the case went to jurors, lawyers for one of Sandusky's six adopted children, Matt, said he had told authorities that his father abused him.

            Matt Sandusky had been prepared to testify on behalf of prosecutors, the statement said. The lawyers said they arranged for Matt Sandusky to meet with law enforcement officials but did not explain why he didn't testify.

            "This has been an extremely painful experience for Matt and he has asked us to convey his request that the media respect his privacy," the statement said. It didn't go into details about his allegations.

            Defence witnesses, including Jerry Sandusky's wife, Dottie, described his philanthropic work with children over the years, and many spoke in positive terms about his reputation in the community. Prosecutors had portrayed those efforts as an effective means by which Sandusky could camouflage his molestation as he targeted boys who were the same age as participants in The Second Mile, a charity he founded in the 1970s for at-risk youth.

            Sandusky's arrest in November led the Penn State trustees to fire Paterno as head coach, saying he exhibited a lack of leadership after fielding a report from McQueary. The scandal also led to the ouster of university president Graham Spanier, and criminal charges against two university administrators for failing to properly report suspected child abuse and perjury.

            The two administrators, athletic director Tim Curley and now-retired vice-president Gary Schultz, are fighting the allegations and await trial.

            Sandusky had initially faced 52 counts of sex abuse. The judge dropped four counts during the trial, saying two were unproven, one was brought under a statute that didn't apply and another was duplicative.

            Scouts Canada must fix how it handles sex abuse allegations

            06/25/2012 | Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press

            A major review of six decades of Scouts Canada records suggests the organization has to fix some problems in the way it handles allegations of sexual misconduct.

            The youth group has released the results of a seven-month forensic review of how it handled sexual misconduct in its ranks over a 64-year period.

            Scouts Canada asked KPMG to go through all its records after a CBC investigation last fall uncovered dozens of confidentiality agreements that essentially prevented victims from speaking out over the years.

            Steve Kent, chief commissioner of Scouts Canada, said the review revealed serious problems in procedures that needed to be fixed.

            Kent said, however, there was no evidence of a systemic coverup.

            "Policies and procedures weren't always followed and there's no good excuse for that," Kent said in an interview with The Canadian Press.

            In the past, he said, sexual abuse allegations were occasionally not reported to authorities, either at the request of the victim or because of a breakdown in procedure.

            The report looked at 486 cases of alleged sexual misconduct over the years.

            KPMG found 65 cases where the Scouts did not share information with authorities when it first came to their attention.

            In the majority of cases, the authorities were the first to be informed, and then passed the information along to the Scouts.

            There are still 64 cases in which KPMG is still not exactly sure what happened.

            "In hindsight, the governance model in place until approximately 2001 had a profound impact on Scouts handling of sexual misconduct against youth during much of the time of the review," the KPMG report says.

            In 2001, the organization centralized its information flow and protocol for dealing with allegations of abuse. Before then, one province's Scouts often had no idea who had been black listed by other provinces.

            The review noted that after 2001, there was a major improvement in the length of time it took to deal with allegations.

            Kent said Scouts Canada is beefing up its screening and offering counselling to victims, but he also said the audit showed a need for a national child abuse registry.

            The report said that before 1992 — when the law changed to require mandatory reporting to police — authorities were aware of 65 per cent of the cases at Scouts Canada. Post-1992, the authorities knew of 85 per cent of the cases.

            Overall, authorities were aware of an average of 73 per cent of all records.

            Toronto police officer of the year award goes to sex crimes investigators

            <span title="Caption">Det. Paul Krawczyk and Const. Janelle Blackadar were  honoured Wednesday night for their work on Project Sanctuary, which led to the  arrest of 60 sex crimes suspects worldwide.</span>

            Det. Paul Krawczyk and Const. Janelle Blackadar were honoured Wednesday night for their work on Project Sanctuary, which led to the arrest of 60 sex crimes suspects worldwide.

            Curtis RushPolice Reporter


            It was the Academy Awards for police, a night filled with stories of bravery and police smarts — along with some references to the Eaton Centre shooting last Saturday.

            Before a crowd of 200, a pair of sex crimes investigators collected the top prize as the 2011 Police Officers of the Year at the Toronto Board of Trade police awards Wednesday.

            The winners were announced from the 12 monthly award winners who were all saluted at the 45th annual gala. The nominees are judged on bravery, humanitarianism, superior investigative work and outstanding police skills.

            The winners were Det. Paul Krawczyk and Const. Janelle Blackadar, who infiltrated a worldwide network of men that were trading child sexual abuse images and videos, and in some cases, creating images by abusing children themselves.

            Project Sanctuary led to the arrest of 60 suspects worldwide, with more than 225 charges laid. The investigation led to the rescue of 27 children.

            Board of Trade CEO Carol Wilding told the crowd there is such a “delightful feeling” to hear all the stories of police excellence.

            “We believe our police officers need to be recognized,” she said. “You put yourself in dangerous situations. Most of all, you are role models and mentors.”

            Toronto Police Association president Mike McCormack told the crowd that police do this “for the love of the job. It is a trying and difficult job.”

            Deputy police Chief Peter Sloly said that “in my humble opinion, we are the best in the world.”

            He said officers who were the first to go through the doors last week after the Eaton Centre shooting are going through difficult times. Some are still trying to make “sense of the chaos.”

            Maybe next year, those officers will be collecting awards for their efforts at the scene of the shooting, he suggested.

            Tori Stafford trial: Tears of joy and relief greet verdict as Michael Rafferty found guilty on all counts

            Rodney Stafford, father of slain child Tori Stafford, reacts after Michael Rafferty was found guilty on all three charges at the murder trial in London, Ontario.

            Rodney Stafford, father of slain child Tori Stafford, reacts after Michael Rafferty was found guilty on all three charges at the murder trial in London, Ontario.

            Raveena AulakhStaff Reporter


            LONDON, ONT. — Guilty. Guilty. Guilty.

            Michael Rafferty was found guilty of first-degree murder, abduction and sexual assault of little Tori Stafford after a gut-wrenching, 10-week trial.

            As the first verdict, for first-degree murder, was read out Friday night, Tori’s family reacted with tears and a resounding “yes.” Rodney Stafford, Tori’s father, held hands with his mother and his girlfriend, and cried openly, as did Tori’s mother, Tara McDonald, who sat a few feet away with her partner.

            Veteran police officers including Bill Renton and Mike Bickerton, who have been on the case for three years, had tears in their eyes.

            Rafferty did not show any emotion, did not get up from the bench in the prisoner’s box as the jury left the courtroom after delivering the verdict.

            Outside the courthouse, where dozens of reporters and people waited, there were loud cheers and whoops of joy as Rodney Stafford walked out flanked by family.

            “We got justice,” he said.

            He said he wanted to scream in the courtroom but could not do it. “There was excitement but at the same time, a sense of loss as Tori is not coming home.”

            McDonald did not talk to reporters. Her boyfriend, James Goris, said “thank God” as they left the court.

            Crowns lawyers Kevin Gowdey, Michael Carnegie, Brian Crockett and Stephanie Venne came out to briefly talk to reporters and were clearly emotional. Gowdey called it an “unprecedented investigation, thorough and extremely professional.”

            Rafferty’s lawyer, Dirk Derstine, said his client was disappointed with the verdict, which came at 9:30. Earlier, the sequestered jurors returned to the courtroom with four questions for the judge, each related to sexual assault.

            Tori, 8, disappeared while on her way home from school in Woodstock on April 8, 2009. Terri-Lynne McClintic and Rafferty, then lovers, were arrested and charged a month later. Tori’s body was found near Mount Forest in July. McClintic pleaded guilty in April 2010 and was sentenced to life in prison.

            Rafferty, 31, had pleaded not guilty to all three counts. His trial started on March 5 in London and saw its share of drama.

            The most explosive moment came with McClintic, the Crown’s star witness. She had initially told investigators she lured Tori at Rafferty’s behest and that he raped and killed the child. But she dramatically changed that statement in January, and at trial testified it was she, not Rafferty, who killed Tori. She maintained the rest was true, that he had pushed her into abducting Tori and that he had raped the child.

            The Crown still based its case on McClintic’s testimony, arguing that it did not matter who wielded the hammer that killed Tori, that they were both equally guilty. The Crown also maintained that Rafferty orchestrated the events of April 8, 2009 and that McClintic was just his “violent pawn.”

            The Crown called 61 witnesses, filed 185 exhibits and closed its case on April 27.

            In closing arguments, Derstine attacked McClintic’s credibility, calling her a prolific and accomplished liar and saying she was the driving force behind Tori’s abduction and murder. He said McClintic abducted Tori for a drug debt and offered her to Rafferty sexually, but that he said no. Derstine said McClintic then killed her in a fit of rage.

            Rafferty, who spent most days in the courtroom listening attentively to testimony, did not testify.

            As the ghastly trial rolled on, sordid details emerged about Rafferty: his womanizing, his drug use, how he pimped off one of his girlfriends and lived off the avails of prostitution.

            There were some tense moments, and some poignant ones. Through it all, Tori was not forgotten.

            The 4-foot-5, 62-pound girl, with cropped blond hair and a button nose on an elfin face. The little girl who hopped and ran instead of walking.

            Her family was a constant presence in the courtroom. Her father, mother, grandparents, aunts and uncles showed up every day and all wore purple in some form — a shirt, a tie, a ribbon, a wristband. Something purple.

            Purple was Tori’s favourite colour.

            When Rafferty’s trial started on March 5, Rodney Stafford told reporters he wouldn’t let anyone forget Tori and he kept that promise: he held a media scrum every day of the trial to talk about her.

            Tori’s mother once said those who knew Tori came under her spell.

            The little girl stole everyone’s heart, even in death. Veteran police officers lost their composure on the stand, while spectators, mostly strangers, shed tears when they heard testimony about her.

            That was Tori.

            Police say man bit boy in the face during attempted street abduction

            04/20/2012 | CityNews.ca Staff

            Christopher Kennedy, 29, of Toronto. HANDOUT/Toronto Police Service
            A 29-year-old Toronto man is facing serious charges after police allege he bit a two year old boy after trying to pull the child away from his mother in the west end.

            Police were called to the Lansdowne Avenue and Dundas Street West area on Friday around 2:15 p.m.

            The mother was walking with her son when the suspect approached from the opposite direction.

            Police say he tried to pull the child away and bit the boy during the ensuing struggle.

            A few hours later police arrested Christopher Kennedy.

            He has been charged with attempt abduction of a person under 14 and assault causing bodily harm and is scheduled to appear in court on Saturday.

            Police believe there may be other victims.

            Child molester declared dangerous offender for second time

            Published On Tue Apr 10 2012
            Dennis James Taylor was told by a judge Tuesday it’s too risky to sentence him to a fixed jail term followed by a 10-year supervision order, as suggested by his lawyer.

            Dennis James Taylor was told by a judge Tuesday it’s too risky to sentence him to a fixed jail term followed by a 10-year supervision order, as suggested by his lawyer.

            SUPPLIED PHOTO
            Peter SmallCourts Bureau


            A repeat child molester has been declared a dangerous offender for the second time, and this time he’s being jailed indefinitely.

            Dennis James Taylor, 53, sat impassively in the prisoner’s box as Ontario Superior Court Justice Janet Wilson told him it’s too risky to sentence him to a fixed jail term followed by a 10-year supervision order, as suggested by his lawyer.

            “Even when you are age 65, the risk that you pose will be reduced at best to a moderate to high risk,” Wilson told Taylor, who has an IQ of 71 and is functionally illiterate.

            In March 2011, a jury found Taylor guilty of sexually assaulting a 5-year-old Toronto boy. It was his eighth conviction for sexually assaulting young children, primarily males.

            He was last convicted in 1990, when an Ottawa judge declared him a dangerous offender and sentenced him to nine years in prison for sexually assaulting four boys.

            Authorities had little contact with Taylor after 2004, by which time he had served his sentence, moved to Toronto and stopped taking anti-androgen medication to reduce his sex drive.

            On Aug. 27, 2009, he invited the 5-year-old boy to his Sherbourne St. apartment to play with his dog. Once there, he removed the boy’s trousers and fondled him.

            Surveillance video shows the boy’s pants on forwards when they entered the elevator, but on backwards on the return journey 16 minutes later.

            Both Crown and defence agreed Taylor is a pedophile with an anti-social personality disorder and borderline intellectual functioning — but disagreed on how well he can be controlled outside of jail.

            Crown prosecutors Rachel Young, Deborah Krick and Darren Hogan acknowledged Taylor, if closely supervised, would likely comply with a 10-year supervision order, but feared he would thereafter lose control of his sexual impulses once left to his own devices.

            Defence lawyer Ari Goldkind, who argued the dangerous offender designation is effectively a life sentence, said in an interview he will appeal the ruling.

            Taylor is an ideal candidate for a long-term supervision order, he said.

            Canada’s dangerous offender laws have been twice reformed in the last 15 years. Under the latest changes, effective 2008, a judge can sentence a dangerous offender either to an indefinite term, a fixed term or a fixed term followed by a long-term supervision order of up to 10 years.

            Graham James: Prison mugshot leaked on newspaper website

            Published On Sun Mar 25 2012
            A photo obtained by the Winnipeg Free Press depicts Graham James in a Stony Mountain Institution mugshot. He had concealed his face when he appeared in a court last week.

            A photo obtained by the Winnipeg Free Press depicts Graham James in a Stony Mountain Institution mugshot. He had concealed his face when he appeared in a court last week.

            Winnipeg Free Press/THE CANADIAN PRESS
            The Canadian Press


            WINNIPEG—Convicted sex offender Graham James’ efforts to hide his current appearance as he arrived for a court hearing last week were unmasked on Saturday with the leak of a photo purportedly taken in the Manitoba prison where he’s being held.

            The Winnipeg Free Press posted a photo of James on its website that the newspaper says was a mugshot taken at Stoney Mountain Institution, but it did not indicate how it obtained the image.

            James appears gaunt with his head closely shaven in the image.

            Last Tuesday James hid behind a red ski mask as he entered a Winnipeg courthouse to be sentenced on two charges of sexual assault. A photo of the masked James later received prominent play in the media and on the Internet.

            In the photo on the Free Press website, James appears to be wearing the same street clothes that he was wearing in court on Tuesday.

            James was sentenced to two years in prison for hundreds of sexual assaults on two of his teenage players.

            In a plea bargain arrangement he agreed to plead guilty to sexually abusing retired NHL star Theo Fleury and his cousin, Todd Holt, in exchange for the Crown agreeing not to proceed with a third charge.

            The assaults happened when Fleury and Holt played for James in the Western Hockey League in the 1980s and ’90s.

            The sentence has been criticized by his victims, and by many others, as being far too light.

            Federal law allows people to apply for full parole after serving one-third of their sentence — which means James could be eligible for day parole in September and full parole in November.

            The Crown is reviewing the sentence, and has 30 days to decide whether to appeal.

            It’s the second prison sentence for James.

            He got out of jail in 2000 and promptly dropped out of public view after serving 18 months of a 3½ year-sentence for molesting former NHLer Sheldon Kennedy and two other players.

            Crown wants 6 years in prison for Graham James

            02/22/2012 | Chinta Puxley, The Canadian Pres

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            Convicted sex offender Graham James holds his award in Toronto, June 8, 1989 after being named The Hockey News man of the year. THE CANADIAN PRESS...
            The Crown outlined Wednesday how convicted pedophile and former junior hockey coach Graham James would groom his victims for the sexual abuse to come, then hold them in his sway by threatening to take away the hockey they so dearly loved.


            Attorney Colleen McDuff, who argued James should spend six years in prison, told his sentencing hearing that his teenage players looked up to him because he was highly respected in the hockey world. They also believed — and were told by the coach — that he could make or break their careers.

            James has apologized to his victims, his former players and the entire Canadian hockey community. He made the apology during a sentencing hearing in Winnipeg for abusing retired NHL star Theo Fleury and another player, Todd Holt.

            Fleury and Holt were teenagers hoping to make it big. Court heard both of their lives were almost destroyed as they struggled with their demons for years before coming forward to police with their accusations.

            James was eventually arrested and faced a total of nine charges dating back between 1979 and 1994 and involving Fleury, Holt and Greg Gilhooly, who never played for James but who said he was also abused by him.

            James pleaded guilty in December to sexually abusing Fleury and Holt, but the charges involving Gilhooly were stayed.

            It was not the first time James was convicted. He pleaded guilty to sexual abuse against former NHLer Sheldon Kennedy in 1997, stunning the hockey world and shattering the picture many had of him. He served about 18 months of a 3 1/2 year-sentence before he got out of jail in 2000 and dropped out of public view.

            His image had gone from revered to reviled.

            McDuff told the sentencing hearing how James kept Fleury close to him in the early 1980s when Fleury played for the Winnipeg Warriors, a Western Hockey League team that moved to Moose Jaw, Sask., after the 1983-84 season.

            Fleury, who would become an NHL star with the Calgary Flames, was boarding with a couple and referred to James as his guardian. The coach had persuaded Fleury's parents to let him move to Winnipeg from Russell, Man., to play hockey and attend school.

            McDuff said Fleury, who was only 14, had tremendous respect for James at first.

            "James was effectively revered in the hockey world at that time," she said at the hearing Wednesday. "It was recognized and understood he had a tremendous amount of power."

            "I was a boy with a big dream and the talent to match," Fleury said in his victim impact statement.

            "I played hockey in the early morning hours, after school, on the weekends and holidays. I even dreamed of hockey. Everyone in my life knew of my passion and my talent, including convicted pedophile Graham James."

            McDuff outlined the trips James took with Fleury and how he convinced the teenager to come to his apartment so James could tutor him. Staying the night became a requirement.

            The bedroom windows were covered and lesser forms of sex assault— fondling and groping — eventually grew into more serious abuse as Fleury grew exhausted from fighting James off.

            "This was predatory and thought-out behaviour," McDuff said.

            Fleury estimates he was assaulted about 150 times in total. He was told he could return home — with no prospects of a hockey career —or stick it out with James, who promised to get him into the National Hockey League.

            "He would go to bed crying himself to sleep, questioning why ... is this happening?" said McDuff.

            "I was just a kid. A child," Fleury said in his statement. "I was completely under Graham James’s control. And I was scared. I did not have the emotional skills, the knowledge or the ability to stop the rapes or change my circumstances.

            "I felt lost, alone, and helpless."

            McDuff said it was much the same with Holt, who endured hundreds assaults starting in 1989 and going until 1994.

            Holt, who played with the WHL Swift Current Broncos, would eventually be offered money by James in exchange for sexual acts.

            James told the young player he was lonely, gay and had no friends.

            Holt remembers sitting in his car, looking at the money, and crying, McDuff said.

            The encounters took on an edge as they increased to twice a week for five years. There were threats to send Holt home if he didn't comply; the promise of gifts and a career if he did.

            James told Holt he "held his hockey career in his hands."

            "Because of the power Mr. James held in the hockey community, Mr. Holt was fearful of what would happen to his hockey career if he did not comply," said McDuff.

            She asked Justice Catherine Carlson to take into account the effect James had on his victims and that he was in a position of trust.

            She turned to a psychiatrist's report that said James is "indifferent and remote, rarely responsive to the actions and feelings of others, and chooses solitary activities."

            McDuff also pointed out James went to Spain to continue coaching young adults after he got out of jail the first time.

            "You would have expected he would have avoided these type of situations, and yet, he didn't."

            Kennedy, who passed James in the hall outside the courtroom before the hearing began, said it was weird seeing his former junior coach and abuser after 14 years.

            Kennedy said he looked directly at James as they passed, but the former hockey coach avoided eye contact.

            Kennedy was in Winnipeg in part to show support for Gilhooly, another junior hockey prospect, who said this week it was important for his recovery to see James sentenced.

            Fleury prompted the latest charges against James several years ago when he came forward. But the one-time hockey star was in Vancouver preparing to host the National Aboriginal Achievement Awards and was not in court to face his abuser.

            He did, however, hold a news conference at which he read his victim impact statement. He also said he hoped the judge would make the right decision

            "I would hope that the judge, after hearing all this, would take all the information, go back to ... chambers and make a logical, caring, loving decision ... but who knows if there's been a deal cut already."

            Holt's victim impact statement said his past with James affected his marriage and relationship with the rest of his family.

            He said he is bombarded by nightmares to this day.

            "All of this because of what happened to me in the care of Graham James," said Holt, who cried as he read his statement.

            "Graham James took away every part of me that my family had brought me up to be, and stole the son, brother and person that they loved."

            When James pleaded guilty last year, Fleury said he would like to see the former junior hockey coach locked up for 27 years — the length of time Fleury struggled privately before coming forward.

            Some law experts have expressed doubt that James would get a harsh sentence. They suggested he could get a conditional sentence to be served in the community, since he already served time for similar offences that occurred about the same time as the most recent ones.

            Several years after James got out of prison, he was found coaching boys in Spain — a job he lost in 2003 after the Canadian Hockey Association complained.

            James was quietly pardoned for his crimes in 2007, but that didn't come to light until it was reported by The Canadian Press in 2010. The Conservative government has since overhauled the pardon system, increased fees and banned pardons for those convicted of sexual offences against a minor.

            Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version said James served 3 1/2 years in jail for his previous conviction.

            Search begins for jury in Tori Stafford murder trial

            Published On Sun Feb 26 2012
            Michael Rafferty faces a first-degree murder charge in the abduction and death of Grade 3 student Tori Stafford.

            Michael Rafferty faces a first-degree murder charge in the abduction and death of Grade 3 student Tori Stafford.

            Raveena AulakhStaff reporter


            The 12 men and women chosen as jurists this week will come from all walks of life: teachers, engineers, mechanics, stay-at-home mothers, plumbers.

            Ordinary people, but charged with an extraordinary task — to decide the fate of Michael Rafferty.

            Rafferty, 31, is charged with first-degree murder of 8-year-old Woodstock girl Tori Stafford. She went missing on April 8, 2009; her body was found three months later near Mount Forest. Terri-Lynne McClintic, Rafferty’s then girlfriend, pleaded guilty in Tori’s death and was sentenced to life in prison in April 2010.

            Jury selection for Rafferty’s trial begins Monday in London and could take up to four days. Usually, jurors are chosen from a pool of between 150 to 300 people.

            When Tori, blue-eyed and blond, went missing, her story captured the imagination of the entire nation. The national media camped in Woodstock for weeks while Tori’s story was also featured on America’s Most Wanted.

            Rafferty’s trial is expected to elicit similar interest — and all eyes will be on the 12 people selected for jury duty.

            The Star asked half-dozen Toronto criminal lawyers what kind of jurors would they want if they were Rafferty’s lawyers. Would it be more men or women? Young or old? Teachers or trades people? Would race matter?

            There is no magic to picking a jury, says Joseph Neuberger.

            “I would like people who are older, who have experience with the community … like doctors, teachers, bankers,” said Neuberger, a criminal lawyer for 19 years. “They understand human nature, will listen carefully to evidence and apply their life experiences to it.”

            The trial is expected to last at least six to eight weeks and Neuberger says he if was Rafferty’s lawyer, he would prefer retired people or those close to retirement “because they won’t worry as much the impact of jury duty on their work.”

            In the U.S., jury selection is a big deal. Lawyers often hire jury selection experts for high-profile trials. These experts assist defence and even prosecution while choosing potential jurors.

            This practice hasn’t caught up in Canada yet.

            For Marcy Segal, who has practiced criminal law for more than two decades, an open-minded jury that “can understand various direct and circumstantial pieces of evidence” would be her preference.

            “A jury that won’t be swayed by sympathy and emotions,” said Segal, adding that she would definitely want to see more women on the jury. “They have a different way of looking at evidence. Some of the pieces of evidence will be graphic and you will need someone with a strong composition.”

            Women are also more analytical, she says.

            Aaron Harnett points out that lawyers don’t have all information to make a meaningful distinction about potential jurors.

            “All you get is their name, age and profession,” he said. “I am inclined to simply go with the first 12 who don’t look deranged.”

            Sam Goldstein agrees with him.

            “There is no magic to picking jurors,” he said. “You pick people who look like they are going to be interested in what is going on. Sometimes women are harder on women and sometimes they are not.”

            Goldstein, a well-known criminal lawyer in Toronto, says when he was a Crown lawyer, senior Crowns would say don’t pick up teachers because they are too sympathetic. “And you know what defence lawyers say? Don’t pick teachers, they are not sympathetic.”

            One thing all lawyers agree on is that race won’t matter.

            Lenny Hochberg says if he were Rafferty’s lawyer, he would not look for jurors who would necessarily have sympathy for his client, but ones who would respect him as a lawyer.

            “If (Rafferty’s) lawyer can ascertain what type of person may tend to respect him as an advocate, he should discard or deselect anyone that doesn’t fit into this category,” says Hochberg.

            Mother jailed for leaving girl with pedophiles

            Published On Tue Feb 7 2012
            Peter Small Courts Bureau


            A judge has jailed a Toronto mother for 6½ years for repeatedly exposing her adopted daughter to molestation by two pedophiles.

            “This is a case like no other,” Ontario Superior Court Justice Gary Trotter said Tuesday.

            The single woman adopted the girl at age 18 months from an eastern European orphanage, “then quickly delivered her to a life of chaos, dysfunction, filth and squalor,” the judge said.

            It was “a shocking breach of parent-child trust.”

            The 61-year-old woman seemed calm as court officers handcuffed her. She had been out on bail.

            The judge noted she appears to have “no insight whatsoever into her behaviour,” or to appreciate the gravity of the offences committed against her daughter when she was 8 and 9.

            “Instead of protecting her from harm, (she) appeared to be in search of risky situations in which to expose her daughter,” Trotter said.

            In June, a jury found the woman guilty of 10 charges, including criminal negligence causing bodily harm, obstructing police and sexual assault

            Prosecutors Paul Leishman and Melisa Montemurro asked for an eight- to 10-year sentence.

            Defence lawyer Joseph Markin argued for a conditional sentence to be served in the community.

            Court heard the woman introduced her daughter to Douglas Mackenzie, who was in custody after being charged with child sex offences.

            Mackenzie introduced the girl to two other inmates, Gary Hoare and Randolph Bartley, whom the mother knew to be in custody for child sex-related offences.

            After Bartley was released in 2004, the mother periodically allowed him to babysit the girl alone, sometimes on sleepovers at his apartment, court heard.

            On occasion, she allowed them to sleep in the same bed.

            Bartley performed several sex acts on the girl and videotaped her.

            After Hoare was released from jail in 2005, the woman allowed him to live rent-free in a house she inherited in a small Ontario town in exchange for doing renovations.

            She let Hoare babysit the girl alone in the house for extended periods.

            The girl slept in the same bed and was exposed to the man while he was naked. Hoare sexually interfered with her, the judge found.

            A psychologist testified the girl, now 16, will continue to suffer harm well into adulthood. She told the judge she feels betrayed.

            The mother “demonstrated an appalling dereliction of her parental duties,” Trotter said.

            Both Bartley and Hoare have since pleaded guilty to sex crimes involving the girl, though when they testified at this trial they denied their guilt.

            60 arrested in child-porn investigation across Ontario

            Police from across Ontario have rounded up 60 male suspects and laid 213 charges in a child pornography sweep being described as one of the largest in the province's history.

            Police from across Ontario have rounded up 60 male suspects and laid 213 charges in a child pornography sweep being described as one of the largest in the province's history.

            Pawel Dwulit/THE CANADIAN PRESS
            Jennifer Pagliaro Staff Reporter


            More than 200 child pornography-related charges against 60 people have been laid in a massive province-wide investigation, the largest to-date of its kind, police announced Thursday.

            A total of 22 victims were identified as part of the investigation, conducted by the Provincial Strategy to Protect Children from Sexual Abuse and Exploitation on the Internet.

            “The sweep carried out over the past few days serves as another wakeup call to those who commit these monstrous crimes against children,” said OPP acting commissioner Scott Tod at a press conference in Vaughan. “You cannot hide your crimes. You cannot hide your identities. We are looking and we will stop you from victimizing our children.”

            The 213 charges executed by 76 search warrants included sexual assault, child luring, possession of child pornography, making child pornography and accessing child pornography.

            Police said they identified nearly 9,000 IP addresses of potential candidates of having downloaded child pornography.

            From those, police identified 60 individuals, ranging in age and occupation, as high-priority and conducted the arrests.

            Eleven of those arrested are from the GTA, with others throughout the province, including London, Hamilton and Ottawa.

            Steven Ernest Slade, 44, of Scarborough, was arrested and charged with two counts of luring a child and breach of probation, as well as counseling to commit an indictable offence.

            The Windsor Star reported a Steven Ernest Slade was arrested in 2009 after police were tipped to the man’s apartment and discovered 568 images and 165 digital movies he’d shared online

            Police also discovered chat logs with sexually disturbing content, including where Slade counseled a man to sexually abuse his 9-year-old niece.

            In 2009, Slade was scheduled to serve three years in prison, followed by three years probation.

            Slade was scheduled to appear in Windsor court on Thursday.

            Police credited the success of their ongoing investigation to the coordination between 24 police services and partners and the advanced technology that allows investigators to weed out offenders online.

            Police said additional arrests could be made and more potential victims identified in the massive sweep.

            On Friday, Toronto police are expected to make an additional statement related to Shiraz Nariman, 42, of Toronto, in order to identify more potential victims.

            Nariman was charged with one count of luring a child under 16, invitation to sexual touching, and making, accessing and possession of child pornography.

            Alleged offenders in the GTA:

              Shiraz Nariman, 42, Toronto

              Henning Winifried Jonat, 47, Toronto

              Clifford Hollis Lewis, 46, Toronto

              Jay Newell Thomas, 38, Toronto

              Derek Pearl, 59, Newmarket

              Carlo Carparelli, 48, Markham

              Philip Prouse, 27, Markham

              Carman Batchelor, 56, Brampton

              Bret Sheppard, 51, Mississauga

              Jose Luis Sobarzo-Hernandez, 21, Mississauga

              Steven Ernest Slade, 44, Scarborough

            Police arrest 122 in massive child porn sting

            Europol director Rob Wainwright speaks to reporters in The Hague in this Wednesday, March 16, 2011, photo. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

            AMSTERDAM, Netherlands — Police arrested 112 people in 22 countries after a yearlong investigation into child pornography, Europol said Friday, warning that technology is making combating the spread of child abuse images ever more difficult.

            The operation targeted people sharing "the most extreme forms of video material," including images of babies and toddlers being sexually abused or raped, the European police co-ordination agency said.

            There are 269 suspects so far and more arrests are likely after the operation uncovered previously unknown networks of child sex offenders operating on different Internet chat channels, said Europol director Rob Wainwright.

            He called the operation a success, but noted in a statement it shows "how the Internet is helping offenders to develop better techniques for sharing images on a global basis and for protecting their identity."

            "The problems involved are becoming harder to police," he said.

            Among other issues, the sheer volume of encrypted material is daunting, and much of the information seized in raids is still awaiting analysis. A single suspect in Switzerland had more than 120 terabytes of data -- amounting to thousands of hours of high-definition video footage.

            The investigation, code named "Operation Icarus," was carried out under the leadership of Danish police, due to Danish expertise in analyzing the peer-to-peer networks that were used to share files. Nineteen men aged 24 to 55 years old are facing preliminary charges in Denmark.

            Denmark's chief of national police, Jens Henrik Hoejbjerg, said 59 computers and 2,430 storage devices had been seized in Denmark alone.

            "It's a huge amount for our investigators to handle," said Hoejbjerg.

            Europol has its headquarters in The Hague, Netherlands.

            The nations involved in the investigation were Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Croatia, Norway and Switzerland.

            Investigators said one of the men arrested was in the process of grooming a young child and was arrested before an attempted face-to-face meeting. They did not disclose where.

            EU Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said the operation showed the "importance of co-operation between law enforcement authorities at European and international level to tackle criminal activities that know no borders."

            In March, Europol announced the bust of an even larger ring, with 184 arrests and 670 suspects in 30 countries.

            Teacher sentenced to 53 months on child porn charges

            Published On Wed Jan 18 2012
            Curtis Rush Police Reporter


            A public school teacher has been sentenced to 53 months in jail on three charges related to child pornography, plus three years’ probation.

            Stewart Adams, 48, a once-popular English-as-a-second-language teacher at Kingsview Village Junior School in Etobicoke, has 23 months left to serve after he was given credit for the 19½ months he has already been jailed since his arrest.

            He also faces strict cellphone and Internet restrictions, was ordered to give up a sample of his DNA and register with the Ontario Sex Offender Registry.

            Adams had pleaded guilty to possessing child porn, distributing it and accessing it. A charge of making child pornography was dropped.

            Police made a direct one-to-one connection with Adams during an undercover investigation in 2010. He was arrested at the school in June 2010, and police carried out a search warrant at his home in the Eglinton Ave. and Kipling St. area, seizing thousands of child pornography images and videos.

            Those images showed young boys having sex with other boys and men. The sexual abuse images involved boys as young as 8.

            Adams, who is unmarried and childless, was diagnosed as a pedophile. He knew early on in life that he was gay, and “lived a lonely existence,” the court was told Wednesday. He was raised in an abusive home in Prince Edward Island, with an alcoholic father and a mother who suffered from depression.

            A psychiatric report also showed that he suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder and depression, as well as a gambling addiction involving slot machines. He is $50,000 in debt.

            The judge said a mitigating factor was that Adams was remorseful and wrote letters of apology to his colleagues, expressing his shame. He did not have a previous criminal record.

            Adams had worked at the school, which serves children from junior kindergarten to Grade 5, for more than a decade. Before that, he taught at Park Lawn Junior Middle School, Wellesworth Junior School and Lanor Junior Middle School.

            There was no indication that his crimes involved any child in the Toronto District School Board. Every TDSB teacher is required to have a full criminal background check.

            Judge Andrea Tuck-Jackson accepted the joint Crown-defence submission on the sentence, noting a “staggering” number of images and videos found, which showed “an invasive violation and degradation of the subjects.”

            “The gravity of the evidence is high,” the judge said.

            Adams, a balding man with glasses who wore a white dress shirt in court, spoke only to say he understood the charges and that he would take part in counselling and treatment programs.

            School board spokesperson Shari Schwartz-Maltz said by telephone that Adams is no longer an employee of the TDSB, and the board’s investigation showed no students of his were involved in any of the images.

            Oshawa teacher facing child porn charges after allegedly posing as girl on Facebook

            04/01/2011  | CityNews.ca Staff

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            Stephen Martin. HANDOUT/DURHAM REGIONAL POLICE

            An Oshawa teacher is facing child porn charges after allegedly posing as a girl online but Durham Regional Police say there is no indication he approached children while working.

            Stephen Martin, 38, is charged with luring, invitation to sexual touching, possession of child pornography and making child pornography.  He has worked as an elementary school teacher in Durham Region since 1998.

            Officers allege the suspect posed as a young woman on Facebook and via numerous email aliases, encouraging young men to send him nude or sexually explicit images. He then allegedly used these images to make pornography, police say.

            Police say the suspect had the Facebook profile Ashley Mtthws and his Hotmail accounts were under the assumed name of Ashley M or Ashley Matthews.

            Martin was arrested on Wednesday at his home on Magnolia Avenue, in the Harmony and Taunton Roads area. Police seized several computers and computer-related equipment as part of the raid.

            According to police, the suspect worked at the following schools over the past 13 years:

            • Dr. CF Cannon Public School
            • Norman Powers Public School
            • Sir William Stephenson Public School
            • William Dunbar Public School
            • Sir John A McDonald
            • Cadarackque Public School

             The online handles he allegedly used were as follows:

            • Ashley.m3
            • Ashley_m69
            • tori.the.tiger
            • Mmmyummycandy
            • Killercows2005
            • jessica.m99
            • ashley.mmm
            • ashley.m4
            • ash.needs.a.name
            • amanda.loves.abercrombie
            • alix.bieber
            • a.s.h.l.e.y.m


            Anyone with new information can call police at 1-888-579-1520. Anonymous tips can be made to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at www.durhamregionalcrimestoppers.ca.

            Graham James could avoid jail time: professor

            12/08/2011  | Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

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            Convicted sex offender Graham James holds his award in Toronto, June 8, 1989 after being named The Hockey News man of the year. THE CANADIAN PRESS...
            A law professor says former junior hockey coach Graham James could avoid more prison time despite pleading guilty to new sex charges.

            Anne McGillivray from the University of Manitoba says it's possible James could get a conditional sentence to be served in the community.

            James pleaded guilty Wednesday to repeated sexual assaults on former NHL star Theo Fleury and another junior player who cannot be identified under a court order.

            The charges date from a period between 1983 and 1994 — roughly the same time during which James assaulted three other players, offences for which he has previously served time.

            McGillivray says a defence lawyer could argue James hasn't been convicted of any crimes since that period in the 1980s and '90s.

            Crown attorney Colleen McDuff has said she will be seeking penitentiary time, but McGillivray says that's not a given.

            "What the judge could do is consider the time that has passed since that period in the accused's life and say, 'Well, look, we've had 20 years...where we've had no similar conduct, so we're not looking at specific deterrence and we're not looking at rehabilitation, because that's all done.'

            "A lighter sentence could include no jail time. It could include a conditional sentence."

            There is no shortage of people calling for a harsh sentence. Fleury said he would like to see James locked up for 27 years — the same length of time Fleury struggled to come forward with his accusations.

            Roz Prober, head of Beyond Borders, a group that battles child exploitation, said James should not get a break because of his earlier convictions.

            "It's ludicrous...to assume that because crimes that happened to different victims happened at the same time — and some victims took longer to heal and come forward — that this should be seen as the same crime," Prober said.

            "It's a totally different set of crimes with a different set of victims."

            There's already been one change to James's record because of the newest charges. A controversial pardon that was granted to him in 2007 was revoked. James is unlikely to receive another pardon, because a bill now before the Senate would ban pardons for people convicted of sexual offences against minors. That bill is expected to become law by March.

            James's lawyer, Evan Roitenberg, has not indicated what he will seek for his client when he is sentenced in February.

            It could also be the first time in years that James will face one of his victims.

            Sheldon Kennedy, who was the first to come forward with accusations against James in 1996, said he plans to attend. Like Fleury, Kennedy made it to the NHL, but for many years hid that his junior hockey coach had abused him. He was one of the victims identified in the original convictions against James.

            "I think I need to be there, absolutely, because I think I'm at a point where Graham does not have any power over me today," Kennedy said.

            "I need to be able to look him right in the eyes and he'll be hanging his head. I guarantee it."

            Teens dress as Batman to catch pedophiles; cops not impressed

            Published On Wed Nov 16 2011
            By Petti Fong Western Bureau

            VANCOUVER—A vigilante trio of teenagers dressed up in superhero costumes have had their form of justice shut down by the RCMP after they set up sting operations to catch men wanting to have sex with teenage girls.

            The teenagers — dressed as Batman and the Flash — posted videos of their confrontations with men arriving at rendezvous points arranged after they posed as 15-year-old girls online.

            Using fake pictures they got from the Internet and going on the dating website Plenty of Fish, the teenagers started online conversations, pretended they were teenage girls and arranged to meet the men in public places like a parking lot or a restaurant.

            The teens then confronted the men and accused them of being pedophiles while filming the encounter. The videos were later posted on YouTube under the header “To Troll a Predator.”

            “You Plenty of Fish?” asked the masked Batman character in one of the videos taken at night during a confrontation with one man.

            “Oh my God, what are you doing?” said the man.

            “You just got trolled.”

            The trio had picked up a loyal following on YouTube and posted four encounters with men they claimed to have caught. In one video, a man at a playground is confronted by the Batman character.

            “You here for the underage girl?”

            The RCMP this week found out what the trio was doing and shut down its crime-fighting efforts after learning that the teenagers identified themselves as working with the police.

            Corporal Tammy Hollingsworth with the Chilliwack RCMP said investigators are looking into the evidence gathered by the teenagers and have talked to them and their parents. Two of the boys are 17 and the third is 18. All still live at home with their parents.

            Hollingworth said when she first saw the videos, she was surprised.

            “I thought wow and right away thought what are these kids doing? This is a police job, not something they should be taking into their own hands. It’s not something the RCMP would condone.”

            The RCMP has used online chats to lure sexual predators disguising themselves as underage girls but Hollingsworth said the environment is controlled.

            Corporal Mat Van Laer with the integrated child exploitation unit said not only did the teenagers put themselves at risk but also led potentially dangerous offenders out into the open.

            “If you are dealing with someone who has a sexual interest in children, that’s not going to disappear. If we are careless and we are fuelling that deviancy in one shape or form, God knows what may happen,” he said. “You don’t want that type of deviance being enticed.”

            The teenagers didn’t have any malicious intent, said Van Laer, but also didn’t realize there would be consequences to their actions.

            The police have ordered the YouTube videos to be removed for privacy reasons. Although they were taken down officially, copies have been reposted.

            Rosalind Prober, executive director of Beyond Borders, a non-profit that aims to end child pornography, prostitution and trafficking of children for sexual purposes, said Wednesday that the superhero teenagers were trying to do what officials at Penn State failed to do.

            “There, people did absolutely nothing to stop sexual exploitation and here we have young people crossing the line into vigilante justice,” she said.

            She said she’s not surprised at the support the teenagers are getting online from people who say not enough is being done to jail sexual predators.

            Criminologist Sara Smyth, who specializes in computer crime at Simon Fraser University, said the trio discovered what police have long known: that predators are always looking for ways to connect with kids online.

            “We know this is prolific on the Internet and these young people may have felt they wanted to take a stand and to help fight for justice and so on,” she said. “But they may also be doing this for some kind of personal gratification that they too could be real-life superheroes.”

            Man gets 5 years for millions of child porn images

            The project was given the code name 'Sanctuary' because investigators believe predators view the Internet as a haven for such behavior.
            The project was given the code name 'Sanctuary' because investigators believe predators view the Internet as a haven for such behavior.

            The project was given the code name 'Sanctuary' because investigators believe predators view the Internet as a haven for such behavior.



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            Date: Monday Nov. 14, 2011 4:41 PM ET

            MONCTON, N.B. — A New Brunswick man who collected almost six million pornographic images and videos of children was sentenced Monday to five years in prison for what the Crown described as the largest seizure of such material ever in Canada.

            Douglas Hugh Stewart, 52, of Moncton pleaded guilty earlier to possessing, accessing and distributing child pornography.

            Judge Anne Dugas-Horsman said police found more than 4.5 million images and videos depicting child sexual abuse during a search of Stewart's home. He lived in his father's basement.

            Investigators also found another 1.2 million images of children in the nude.

            "There were images of children who appeared as young as three," Dugas-Horsman said during sentencing. "The videos were often more graphic than the images."

            Stewart was arrested in March as part of an RCMP crackdown on Internet child pornography. Operation J Treasures investigated peer-to-peer computer file sharing of child sexual abuse images.

            The court was told that as Stewart downloaded the files, they could be accessed by others, and that's how police were able to gather their initial evidence.

            It took police more than 700 hours just to catalogue the items.

            Dugas-Horsman said Stewart started his collection in the mid-1980s and told police he knew what he was doing was illegal.

            She described the images as "crime scene photos" and said that "to be used and exploited in such a manner steals the spirit and deadens the soul."

            "The children depicted are real and exist somewhere on the planet."

            Dugas-Horsman added that sentencing must be of such deterrence that possession of such material would not be worth the risk.

            The RCMP's lead investigator, Const. Tonia Williams, said outside court that she hoped the sentence sends that message to the public.

            She called the case just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the global problem.

            "Worldwide it is a challenge for all law enforcement agencies," Williams said. "That's why partnerships between all law enforcement agencies are very important."

            Defence lawyer Maurice Blanchard said his client expected to get the sentence that he did.

            A previous case in Ontario involving 1.3 million images resulted in a four-year sentence, so Blanchard said Monday's sentence sets a new benchmark.

            "It establishes a benchmark for those massive collections -- a benchmark that maybe we hadn't seen before," he said.

            Blanchard said his client was co-operative with police and the courts and is ready to seek treatment in prison.

            Stewart must also submit a DNA sample and will be placed on the national sex offender registry.

            Read more: http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/Canada/20111114/man-gets-five-years-child-porn-111114/#ixzz1dj4dDAVa

            Sex charges on ex-coach Graham James remanded

            Graham James talks to players on the Swift Current Broncos junior hockey team in this undated photo. (THE CANADIAN PRESS) (Bill Becker/THE CANADIAN PRESS)
            Graham James talks to players on the Swift Current Broncos junior hockey team in this undated photo. (THE CANADIAN PRESS)

            Graham James talks to players on the Swift Current Broncos junior hockey team in this undated photo. (THE CANADIAN PRESS)

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            Date: Thursday Oct. 13, 2011 3:51 PM ET

            WINNIPEG — Charges against former junior hockey coach and convicted sex offender Graham James have been put over to Nov. 3 when dates are to be set for the case to proceed.

            James has been out on bail for almost a year and living in Montreal since shortly after he was arrested on new sex assault charges.

            The charges involve young hockey players he once coached, including former Calgary Flames forward Theo Fleury.

            Fleury went on to become a star in the National Hockey League and wrote about the alleged abuse in his book.

            He then made a complaint to police, which prompted the second investigation.

            James served almost two years in jail in the late 1990s for assaulting three young hockey players, including former NHLer Sheldon Kennedy.

            Read more: http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/Canada/20111013/sex-charges-remanded-against-graham-james-111013/#ixzz1akbO1lIP

            Serial killer Clifford Olson dead, victim’s family

            Josh Tapper Staff Reporter

            After years of anguish and weeks of uncertainty for his victims’ families, Clifford Olson, one of Canada’s worst serial killers, died Friday of cancer in a Quebec prison. He was 71 years old.

            “Mr. Olson officially died at 15:41 p.m.,” Geneviève Guilbault with the Quebec coroner's bureau told the Toronto Star on Friday. "The coroner in Quebec has to make an investigation every time a prisoner dies so his body was transported to our morgue in Montreal."

            Guilbault said Olson's remains will be examined and tested and Catherine Rudel-Tessier, the coroner, will make a report public at a later date about the serial killer's exact cause of death.

            Terry Bizeau, the mother of Terri Lyn Carson, who was murdered by Olson when she was 15 years old, said she received a call from Corrections Canada at around 12:30 Pacific time. She said she knew what it was about before picking up the phone.

            “When [the Corrections spokesperson] told me who she was, I knew it anyway,” Bizeau said. “I asked if he’s dead and she said yes. I yelled out that he was dead and I started crying.”

            Bizeau has yet to be in touch with other victims’ families.

            “How can you put feelings into words,” Bizeau said. “All I feel right now is that it’s finally over. Justice has finally been done. I hope that whatever they do, if they bury him or cremate him, I hope they cremate him and flush his ashes in the toilet.

            “With him being dead, to me that’s finally closure on it,” she went on. “He’s not going to bother us. He’s not going to be on TV all the time. He’s not going to be killing any more kids. It’s finally the end.”

            Dee Johnston, stepmother of Colleen Daignault, who was killed when she was 13, also received the call.

            “It's been 31 years of going through hell and now it's time to let it go,” she said in an interview.

            Olson, the self-proclaimed “beast of British Columbia” had served nearly 30 years in jail for torturing, sexually assaulting and murdering eight girls and three boys around B.C.’s Lower Mainland in the early 1980s.

            “Clifford Olson, an inmate from the Regional Reception Centre, a multi-level federal penitentiary in Ste-Anne-des-Plaines, died of apparent natural causes,” the Correctional Service of Canada said in a statement. “At the time of his death, M. Olson was at the institutional Health Care Centre of the Archambault Institution in Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines.”

            Olson’s next-of-kin have been notified of his death, said spokesman Serge Abergel.

            Corrections Canada has also notified family members of Olson's victims.

            Abergel said while Olson's next-of-kin can claim the killer's body and make funeral arrangements, Corrections Services remains involved.

            “We will do a rigorous search to ensure we haven’t missed anyone who should be informed and if the person is not claimed, the deceased will be bured by the service,” he said. “With an individual who has made comments in the past that has shown little remorse to his victims or have asked for a monument, anything that will be hurtful to victims, the service will never let that happen.”

            Olson will be buried in an undisclosed location, Abergel said.

            Victims’ families were informed by Corrections Canada last week that the killer had just days to live.

            Olson was serving 11 consecutive life sentences after he was convicted in 1982 of killing eight girls and three boys.

            He collected $100,000 from the RCMP after he made a deal to direct them to where he had buried the bodies of his victims. During his decades in jail, he also claimed to have accumulated a small fortune in government pensions.

            Word of Olson’s decline brought back public revulsion over a serial killer who once terrorized a nation. The killer grew up a teenage bully and a thief, then turned into a police informant, rapist and serial killer. Last year, he attracted attention after trying to send a donation to the Conservative Party of Canada and asking for a tax receipt. The Prime Minister’s office rejected his contribution.

            With files from Petti Fong

            Drum teacher acquitted of fondling student

            Published On Wed Sep 21 2011

             former drummer with the Canadian progressive rock group True Myth has been found not guilty of fondling a little girl while giving her music lessons.

            “I am not satisfied that the Crown has proven the offence beyond a reasonable doubt for a number of reasons,” provincial court Justice William Bassel said Wednesday.

            But the judge added that his 23-page written judgment explaining why he acquitted Brian Bolliger, 55, is not yet ready.

            It will be released next week.

            Dressed in a green short-sleeved shirt and tie, Bolliger walked toward a friend in the courtroom with a broad smile on his face.

            His lawyer, Mary Murphy, said outside court that she believed it was the right result.

            “It’s been very, very difficult for him,” she said.

            Prosecutor Jennifer Gibson declined comment.

            The drum teacher was charged with sexual interference and sexual assault after one of his students accused him of fondling her when she was age 6 to 8.

            He was once a drummer with True Myth, a progressive rock group formed in London, Ont., which cut two albums in 1979 and 1981. He had been a music teacher for 29 years.

            For more than two years, Bolliger gave the girl weekly drum lessons at Scarboro Music Company on Kingston Rd.

            But in Oct. 12, 2010, she complained to her mother, saying: “Brian is touching me,” court heard.

            During his trial this summer, the prosecutor suggested that Bolliger put his hand down the girl’s pants and shirt while she practiced the drums in his studio.

            But the music teacher repeatedly denied the allegations.

            “That's not me,” he insisted.

            His lawyer argued that Bolliger was unshaken in his categorical denials, but that the young girl’s testimony did not hold together.

            The girl, now 9, testified that Bolliger’s touching made her very uncomfortable, but she also said it only happened when she was playing on his set of drums, as opposed to the kit she usually used, Murphy said during the trial.

            Yet the girl continued to ask to use his drums, which doesn't make sense if she was worried about being fondled, Murphy had told the judge.

            The girl, known to be confident, happy-go-lucky and speaking her mind, nevertheless waited two-and-a-half years to disclose the touching she claimed happened at almost every weekly lesson, Murphy added.

            It is unreasonable that Bolliger, knowing that the girl was so likely to speak her mind, would risk fondling her, his lawyer suggested.

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            Child killer seeks comfort online: Mandel 67

            By Michele Mandel ,Toronto Sun

            First posted: Wednesday, September 14, 2011 09:53 PM EDT | Updated: Wednesday, September 14, 2011 11:24 PM EDT

            mandel Saul Betesh, who is serving a life sentence for the 1977 sadistic rape and murder of Toronto shoeshine boy Emanuel Jaques, is seeking a pen pal on the American website Inmate-Connection.

            TORONTO - Even convicted killers get lonely.

            “I am 60 years young,” writes the Ontario prisoner seeking a pen pal on the American website Inmate-Connection. “I have short hair, blue eyes and stands 6 feet tall. I’m slightly overweight but active. I have three passions in life 1. Gardening 2. Computers (programming not the Internet). 3. Cooking. I am a practicing Druid and I also attend Wiccan Services. This is the most important part of my life as it concerns my interaction with the Gods and the planet earth. I will write anyone back who includes a photo.”

            He says he’s looking for friends. But the inmate is rather misleading when he tells prospective correspondents that he’s only behind bars for “assault.”

            When, in truth, Saul Betesh is a notorious child killer serving a life sentence for the 1977 sadistic rape and murder of Toronto shoeshine boy Emanuel Jaques.

            On a steamy July afternoon, a young boy with a homemade shoeshine box stood at the corner of Yonge and Dundas, beckoning for customers with his broken English.

            Emanuel needed money to buy food for the new puppy he was going to get from his neighbour. He wanted money to help pay for a family trip back home to Portugal.

            So the 12-year-old built his own shoeshine box and painted it light green. He then went to his parents and begged for permission to shine shoes with his older brother.

            But downtown Yonge St. was a hardened artery of sleaze, a seedy stretch of body-rub parlours and strip joints. It was no place for a child. His momma told him he was too young to work.

            So he turned to his father.

            Valdemiro Jaques finally relented, a decision, friends say, that would haunt him for the rest of his life.

            One of the boy’s few customers that day was Betesh, a 27-year-old steel rigger by day and sado-masochistic prostitute by night. Violent and remorseless, he’d been in and out of psychiatric treatment from the time he was five for pouring nail polish remover in his babysitter’s ear, throwing knives at his sister and trying to electrocute his entire family.

            Together with his roommate and fellow pedophile, Robert “Stretcher” Kribs, Betesh liked hunting for underage boys. Pretty, young Emanuel, barely able to speak English, was easy prey.

            Lured to their third-floor apartment above a Yonge St. body-rub parlour with the promise of a princely $35 to move camera equipment, Emanuel was held captive for 12 hours, stripped naked, photographed, beaten and sexually tortured by Stretcher and Betesh while fellow roommates Werner Gruener and Josef Woods stood by.

            Betesh never expressed a shred of remorse. “No, I’m not sorry,” he told Toronto Life in 1979. “I don’t feel anything except sorry that it’s put me in here. They say that’s part of my illness. I’m not sorry.”

            Their original plan was to give the boy sleeping pills and then dump him in a park where he would wake up long after they’d escaped to Vancouver. But the pills didn’t work. Stretcher insisted Emanuel had to be killed. Betesh tried strangling him with a plastic cord but couldn’t “finish him off.”

            In the end, Stretcher and Betesh held the boy’s head down in a filthy sink of water until he was dead, wrapped his naked body in a green garbage bag and hid it under some lumber on the roof of their apartment.

            The horrific murder enraged the city and sparked a cleanup of Yonge St.’s sin strip.

            Kribs pleaded guilty on the opening day of their 1978 trial. While Betesh had confessed, even showed police where to find the boy’s body, he now argued he wasn’t guilty by reason of insanity. The jury found otherwise.

            Inmate #704938A has been serving his life term ever since. Now a guest at the medium-security Warkworth Institution, the sexual sadist has never applied for parole knowing full well there is little chance he’ll ever be released to the outside.

            So the lonely heart is confined to making unsuspecting friends through the Inmate-Connection website, which promotes its prisoners as “still human beings with feelings.”

            But when it comes to Betesh, we’d have to disagree.

            Read Mandel Wednesday through Saturday. michele.mandel@sunmedia.ca or 416-947-2231.

            Court frees teen convicted of sexual assault on 5-year-old

            Published On Wed Aug 31 2011
            Tracey Tyler Legal Affairs Reporter

            A Richmond Hill teenager convicted of sexually assaulting a five-year-old boy was entitled to know why he was found guilty and being shipped to a youth detention centre in downtown Toronto for more than three months.

            What he got instead from Justice Steven Clark was a 55-page decision that did little more than review the evidence and dismiss the youth’s testimony with boilerplate terms, describing it as “improbable” and lacking the ring of truth.

            That’s not good enough, the Ontario Court of Appeal said in quashing the conviction Tuesday.

            “This case involved very serious charges,” wrote Justices Kathryn Feldman, Robert Blair and David Watt. “The . . . reasons the trial judge gives for rejecting the appellant’s evidence are generic and conclusory, and provide no insight into his reasoning or the basis for reaching the conclusion he did.”

            Gavin MacKenzie, a lawyer representing the youth known as A.J.S., who was 13 at the time of the alleged offences, said his client and his family were “devastated” and “confused” by the result.

            “His entire family had sat through a trial that had lasted eight or nine days and watched their son and grandson take the stand and vehemently deny all the accusations against him,” MacKenzie said in an interview.

            “I think you can appreciate just how confusing it would be, not just for adults watching this trial, but for a young boy to be convicted of a serious crime without knowing why the trial judge rejected his version of events.”

            It’s the second time in recent weeks the appeal court has taken an Ontario judge to task for failing to meet legal obligations in delivering judgment.

            In August, the court ordered a new trial in a handguns case because Justice Susanne Goodman of the Superior Court of Justice took 25 months to issue a ruling.

            While Goodman’s decision was thorough, the delay raised serious questions about whether it truly reflected her reasoning process, the court said.

            By contrast, the main complaint in A.J.S’s appeal was that Justice Clark’s reasons were inadequate.

            Ten years ago, the Supreme Court of Canada told judges they must explain their decisions in detail and can’t simply convict people with vague statements like, “Having considered the totality of the evidence, I find the accused guilty.”

            Clark convicted A.J.S. in part because he offered a blanket denial rather than his own “interpretation” of what may have happened.

            The Ontario Court judge also believed the complainant because his parents corroborated his testimony. It was incumbent on Clark to explain this more fully, the appeal court said, since the parents never witnessed any assault.

            Polygamist leader sentenced to life for sex assaults

            Published On Tue Aug 9 2011
            Paul J. Weber Associated Press

            SAN ANGELO, TEXAS — Polygamist leader Warren Jeffs recorded everything he said. Thousands of pages, written with Biblical flourish, about God wanting him to take 12-year-old wives. About those girls needing to sexually please him. About men he banished for not building his temple fast enough.

            Facing his last chance to keep his freedom, Jeffs didn’t say a word.

            He was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday for sexually assaulting one of his child brides — among 24 underage wives prosecutors said Jeffs collected — and received the maximum 20-year punishment on a separate child sex conviction. Jeffs, 55, will not be eligible for parole until he is at least 100 years old.

            The head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints made no plea for leniency. He ordered his attorneys not to call witnesses during the sentencing phase, and forbade them from making a closing argument Tuesday.

            Less than half an hour later, jurors returned with the harshest punishment possible.

            “He’s a pervert, and the crazy thing is, he perverted his own religion,” his sister, Elaine Jeffs, said after the sentencing. Nearby, police escorted her brother into a waiting patrol car.

            Elaine Jeffs, who left the FLDS in 1984, watched the end to an often bizarre and graphic two-week trial that included one of Jeffs’ top lieutenants and state caseworkers who rounded up nearly 400 children during a 2008 raid at the sect’s Texas ranch. There were also a handful of spectators, including a retired couple who also sat in on the Casey Anthony trial in Florida.

            Despite the convictions and life sentence, Jeffs remains in control of the FLDS and its roughly 10,000 followers. His most devoted consider him God’s spokesman on earth and a prophet, but his followers were absent in court for the bulk of the trial.

            Jeffs sometimes was, too. He boycotted the sentencing phase, remaining in a courthouse holding cell, and refused to answer state District Judge Barbara Walther when directly questioned Tuesday. Jeffs had represented himself during the conviction phase, and often interrupted court proceedings by contending that he was being persecuted for his religious beliefs.

            The FLDS is a radical offshoot of mainstream Mormonism and believes polygamy brings exaltation in heaven. In closing arguments, prosecutors rejected the idea that the sect had been targeted.

            “The evidence in this case shows that this isn’t a prosecution of a people,” prosecutor Eric Nichols said. “This is a prosecution to protect people.”

            Jurors ignored reporters after the sentencing, quickly walking to their cars that were parked single-file in a blocked-off street and driving away.

            Also on Tuesday, Canadian police said they were preparing to send investigators to the U.S. to investigate allegations that child brides from a Canadian polygamous commune were sent across the border to marry older men.

            The Royal Canadian Mounted Police launched a criminal investigation into a polygamous community in western Canada after allegations surfaced earlier this year amid a constitutional case examining Canada’s anti-polygamy law.

            British Columbia Supreme Court heard that more than two dozen girls as young as 12 were sent to the U.S. to marry older men, including Jeffs.

            Cpl. Dan Moskaluk said Tuesday investigators will head to the U.S, particularly Texas, to locate Canadian girls who were sent to be brides.

            Willie Jessop, a former FLDS spokesman who railed against Texas authorities following the raid but has since disavowed Jeffs, said the heinousness of the charges has left a fractured FLDS community. He said his first step will see to tearing down the guard tower and gates at the Yearning for Zion ranch, which authorities stormed in 2008 and where they collected a trove of evidence against Jeffs.

            That included photos of him kissing the young brides he took in “spiritual marriages” and scratchy audiotapes of him giving girls explicit instructions for sex. His journals speak of casting out men for not being humble, written around the same time Jeffs was photographed in a leather jacket atop a Harley Davidson motorcycle.

            “Everyone in the church has got to take a responsibility for what has taken place,” Jessop said. “In order for this to be fixed going forward, we have to take responsibility. This is a crisis for every single member in the church.”

            Jeffs rose to power in 2002 following his father’s death, and has run the church despite being in police custody in either Arizona or Texas since 2006.

            He’ll be more restricted in whatever Texas prison he ends up in. Jeffs was flown to a prison intake across the state hours after being sentenced. It’s there that prison officials will decide where he will serve his sentence and whether to assign him to the general prison population, safekeeping or protective custody. His telephone calls will be limited to a list of 10 people, and Jeffs will be prohibited from receiving any visitors under age 17.

            Jeffs stood quietly Tuesday as the sentence was read. He must serve at least 45 years in prison: at least 35 years of a life sentence on one of the child sex charges, and at least 10 years on the other.

            During the trial, prosecutors used DNA evidence to show Jeffs fathered a child with a 15-year-old girl and played an audio recording of what they said was him sexually assaulting a 12-year-old.

            “If the world knew what I was doing, they would hang me from the highest tree,” Jeffs wrote in 2005, according to one of his journals.

            Nichols referred to that passage in his closing Tuesday.

            “No, Mr. Jeffs, unlike what you wrote in your priesthood records ... we don’t hang convicts anymore from the highest tree. Not even child molesters,” Nichols said.

            Jeffs spent years criss-crossing the country as a fugitive who eventually made the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list before his capture in 2006. Former church members testified that Jeffs ruled with a heavy and abusive hand, and excommunicated 60 church members he saw as a threat to his leadership.

            Among Jeffs’ most eccentric orders was banning the colour red. Rebecca Musser, a former FLDS member who was once a wife of Jeffs’ father, showed up to the sentencing in a deep red dress.

            Prosecutors suggested that the polygamist leader told the girls they needed to have sex with him — in what Jeffs called “heavenly” or “celestial” sessions — in order to atone for sins in his community. Several times in his journals, Jeffs wrote of God telling him to take more and more young girls as brides “who can be worked with and easily taught.”

            When police raided the group’s Yearning For Zion ranch, they found women dressed in frontier-style dresses and hairdos from the 19th century as well as underage girls who were clearly pregnant. The call that spurred the raid turned out to be a hoax, and hundreds of children were returned to their families.

            Jeffs is the eighth FLDS man convicted since the raid. Previous sentences ranged from six to 75 years in prison.

            Sentencing begins for disgraced N.S. bishop found with child porn on laptop

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            Bishop Raymond Lahey at the Ottawa Court House, May 4, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick.
            A disgraced Roman Catholic bishop betrayed little emotion today as a court was told his laptop contained hundreds of pornographic images of young boys — including photos of torture.

            Raymond Lahey was in court for sentencing in a child-porn case that has rocked his former Nova Scotia archdiocese of Antigonish.

            The 71-year-old cleric pleaded guilty in May to importing child pornography and voluntarily went to jail to begin serving time even before a formal sentencing.

            Almost 600 photos, mostly of young teen boys, were found on Lahey's Toshiba laptop and a handheld device when he was stopped at the Ottawa International Airport in September 2009.

            An Ottawa police detective told the court Thursday that the images ranged from soft-core nude shots to far more gruesome photos.

            "Some of them were quite graphic," Det. Andrew Thompson said.

            "There were images of nude boys, but there were also torture and stuff like that."

            As Thompson answered questions from the witness stand about the contents of Lahey's laptop, the bishop sat quietly, his right hand trembling slightly as he ran his index finger along his lips and chin.

            He was dressed in a grey sport coat, khaki pants and a tan shirt with the top few buttons undone. He wore glasses and his grey hair was neatly combed and gelled.

            Dangerous offender hearing for sex offender

            Stanley Tippett leaves the Superior Court of Justice in Peterborough, Ont., Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009, after being handed a guilty verdict. Tippett was found guilty of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 12-year-old Peterborough girl. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter Redman)

            ndPETERBOROUGH — A dangerous offender hearing is set to begin today in Peterborough, Ont., for a man who kidnapped and sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl.

            Stanley Tippett was convicted in 2009 on all seven counts.

            The judge said Tippett's unique head structure allowed several people to positively identify him as the girl's abductor.

            He suffers from Treacher Collins syndrome, a rare condition that causes cranial and facial deformities which can affect hearing and speech.

            Tippett claimed he offered safe passage to the drunken 12-year-old but was then carjacked by two armed men.

            He was arrested, just hours after the girl was found half-naked behind a school 70 kilometres from where she was abducted in Peterborough.

            Sentencing Of Canadian Pedophile, Facing 50 Years In Jail, Postponed

            2010/09/27 | The Associated Press

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            Sentencing has been postponed in the case of a Canadian man facing up to 50 years in prison for his admitted role in an international pedophile ring he ran out of Thailand.

            No new date has been set in the case of John Wrenshall, who pleaded guilty to three counts including conspiring to engage in sex tourism and to producing and distributing child pornography.

            The 63-year-old, originally from Calgary, detailed graphic abuse of boys as young as four years old.

            Authorities discovered Wrenshall was running a brothel for pedophiles in Thailand after confiscating computers from Union City resident Wayne Corliss. Corliss is serving a 20-year sentence after admitting he travelled to Thailand to have sex with at least two boys.

            Toronto priest pleads guilty to molesting children

            Published On Wed Jun 8 2011
            Mary Ormsby Feature Writer

            William Hodgson Marshall entered a Windsor courtroom Wednesday morning as a Roman Catholic priest, a championship basketball coach and a teacher of young men for half a century.

            The 88-year-old left that afternoon as a criminal, an admitted sexual abuser of children — some of them former students, at least one the son of close friends — after pleading guilty to indecently assaulting 15 boys and one girl during his teaching career in Windsor, Toronto and Sudbury. He will be sentenced Thursday.

            The earliest charge dates back to 1953, the later ones from the 1980s.

            Click here to read one of the victim impact statements.

            Four victims are from Toronto, at least one of them a student at St. Michael’s College School in the 1950s where Marshall taught mathematics and coached basketball. There are six victims from both Sudbury and Windsor.

            Most of Marshall’s victims were students at all-boys’ high schools run by the congregation of St. Basil’s, a Roman Catholic order of teaching priests. The Basilian Fathers, as the priests are more commonly known, operate St. Mike’s.

            Windsor crown attorney Walter Costa said it was a “difficult, emotional day” with the reading of all the victim impact statements. But he hopes it was a cathartic experience.

            “Now that (the victims) have been vindicated, hopefully that will give them the power and ability to enjoy themselves moving forward and not have to carry that secret burden any more.’’

            A joint sentencing submission from the crown and Marshall’s lawyer Andrew Bradie requests a two-year prison term, three years probation and an order to report to the sexual offender information registry and provide a DNA sample.

            The Basilians issued a statement from spokesperson Rev. Timothy Scott that read in part:

            “The Basilian Fathers wish to express our deep shame that one of our members has acted this way. These criminal acts against children are a violation of our religious vows and are grievously sinful ... This should never have happened.”

            Marshall’s decades-long string of sexual assaults on children went unreported for nearly 60 years until a 43-year-old Windsor man complained to police in May of 2010.

            The retired priest’s long pattern of abuse raises questions about how Marshall was able to operate so brazenly, particularly since he routinely preyed on students during school hours.

            “A perfect storm of factors” allows this to happen, said David Clohessy, the national director of U.S.-based non-profit group SNAP — Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. He said a church with a history of protecting offenders and a priest’s criminal guile help cloak molesters from outsiders’ scrutiny.

            “You’ve got an amazingly shrewd and cunning predator. You’ve got savvy, secretive, powerful church officials. You’ve got timid lay people trained not to question the church hierarchy and I think you’ve got somewhat timid and passive law enforcement,’’ Clohessy said in an interview this week.

            Clohessy has followed the Marshall case closely and said it’s unlikely the priest’s victim count was only 16.

            “For every one victim who finds the courage, strength and ability to speak up, I think there are easily 10 to 20 more who can’t and won’t,’’ Clohessy said.

            Marshall, who is battling skin cancer, worked at Windsor’s Assumption College and St. Mike’s in the 1950s. He then moved to Sudbury’s St. Charles College, where he worked for nearly two decades. His next stop was as principal at St. Mary’s College in Sault Ste. Marie before returning to Windsor in 1985. There, he was the founding principal of Holy Names.

            Marshall remains a priest. He has not been laicized (defrocked) and there appears no move to initiate that process with the Vatican, which oversees expulsions.

            Porn company snaps up quarter of 1-800 numbers



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            Date: Tuesday Apr. 19, 2011 7:23 AM ET

            NEW YORK — For years, teenagers across the U.S. could call a toll-free hotline if they had embarrassing questions about AIDS and safe sex. Dial the same number now and you get a recording of giggling women offering to talk dirty to you.

            "We both have big appetites for sex," they purr. "Pinch us and poke us. Spank us and tease us. We love it all. ... Enter your credit card number now."

            Those naughty misdials, and countless others like them, appear to be no accident.

            Records obtained by The Associated Press show that over the past 13 years, a little-known Philadelphia company called PrimeTel Communications has quietly gained control over nearly a quarter of all the 1-800 numbers in the U.S. and Canada, often by grabbing them the moment they are relinquished by previous users. As of March, it administered more 800 numbers that any other company, including Verizon and AT&T.

            And many, if not most, of those 1.7 million numbers appear to be used for one thing: redirecting callers to a phone-sex service.

            Dial 1-800-Chicago and instead of reaching a tourism hotline for the Windy City, you will hear a woman offering "one-on-one talk with a nasty girl" for $2.99 per minute. A similar thing happens if you punch in the initial digits of 1-800-Metallica, 1-800-Cadillac, 1-800-Minolta, 1-800-Cameras, 1-800-Worship or 1-800-Whirlpool.

            All those numbers contain messages redirecting callers to erotic chat lines operated by National A-1 Advertising, a company that shares an office building with PrimeTel, has common ownership and lists many of the same people as executives or business contacts.

            Many people who mistakenly dial a phone-sex line probably just get red-faced and hang up as quickly as possible. Others apparently respond to the come-on and supply their credit card number.

            "I guess enough people go for it that it makes business sense," said Aelea Christofferson, president of ATL Communications, another company that specializes in toll-free services. Capturing callers who have reached the wrong number -- whether because they punched an incorrect digit or dialed a number without realizing it had changed hands -- is a "big new industry," she said.

            Founded in 1995, PrimeTel is one of around 400 companies registered as toll-free service providers for the U.S. and Canada. That gives it the same power to reserve and assign unused toll-free numbers as big phone companies with millions of customers. But PrimeTel appears to be amassing numbers predominantly for one closely related partner, National A-1.

            There is nothing illegal about using toll-free phone services to promote adult entertainment, and callers aren't charged unless they supply their credit card information.

            Over the years, though, PrimeTel has been hit with lawsuits and complaints alleging that it is violating federal rules banning toll-free service providers from hoarding digits. Federal Communications Commission rules say that "routing multiple toll-free numbers to a single toll-free subscriber" is usually considered hoarding.

            The FCC has never taken formal action against PrimeTel or National A-1, although federal authorities have expressed renewed interest lately in companies that handle toll-free numbers. In the fall, authorities sent subpoenas to several, including PrimeTel, asking for information on how they acquire numbers and why.

            And in October, federal agents and Philadelphia police spent two days removing records from National A-1's office suite, although it is unclear if the action was related to the phone business.

            The man listed on many government records as the top executive at both PrimeTel and National A-1, Richard Cohen, declined interview requests. A lawyer for both companies, Charles Helein, would not discuss their business dealings in detail but said PrimeTel isn't breaking any rules or engaging in prohibited practices such as selling numbers or obtaining ones it doesn't intend to use.

            "They are extremely sensitive to the FCC. ... They wouldn't have them if they didn't need them," Helein said of PrimeTel's huge pool of numbers. He said the company's large share hasn't caused any shortages: "Everybody's got all the numbers they need."

            Helein said the raid last fall was not aimed at PrimeTel. National A-1 and its owners have a variety of business enterprises headquartered at the same address, including a website sometimes used by prostitutes to advertise their services.

            According to a database maintained by an industry organization, PrimeTel was listed as the administrator of record for at least 1,667,000 out of around 7.87 million active 800 numbers as of this March. Industry experts said PrimeTel also holds a dominant share of numbers with other toll-free codes, like 888 and 866, giving it several million numbers overall.

            Sex isn't the only business. Some numbers reach advertisements for a mortgage brokerage based in New Jersey. Others promote a dieting website or a travel reservation service. Those instances appear to be outnumbered by ones in which callers reach a phone-sex solicitation.

            Critics of the company say it isn't the sex that bothers them, but the acquisition of so many numbers.

            Bill Quimby, whose company, TollFreeNumbers.com, specializes in helping businesses obtain easy-to-remember digits to connect with customers, said it can be a challenge to find a good match because PrimeTel has gobbled up such an outsized share of the supply.

            "They started by getting numbers for phone sex, then getting good numbers in general, then they started taking all phone numbers," he said.

            A spokesman for the FCC, David Fiske, would not comment on whether the agency had ever examined PrimeTel's activities but said the commission is actively enforcing rules on number hoarding.

            PrimeTel appears to have benefited by grabbing numbers associated with famous names, like 1-800-Beatles, or numbers that have recently been cancelled but are still advertised widely.

            From the late 1980s until around 2005, teenagers who dialed the national hotline used by Teens Teaching AIDS Prevention would reach a call centre in Kansas City, Mo., where other youths were waiting to answer questions about the disease. When that program ended, the number was soon routed to one of National A-1's sex lines. But the AIDS hotline number is still publicized by public health groups.

            When New York City's Fire Department relinquished its toll-free fire safety hotline a few years ago because of an administrative slip-up, PrimeTel grabbed it the moment it became available. Soon enough, 1-800-FIRETIP was ringing into one of National A-1's phone-sex lines.

            The same thing happened to the Cook County Jail in Chicago when it cancelled its toll-free inmate information line, and to rape counselling hotlines in Maine and New Mexico.

            The Republican National Committee once printed a fundraising mailer with a toll-free calling code and was publicly embarrassed when the calls began ringing in to one of National A-1's chat lines.

            It happened to Glenn Noyes, too. Shortly after the toll-free number for his auto repair business in Edgewater, Md., was mistakenly cancelled by his phone company, it began redirecting customers to an erotic chat service called "Intimate Encounters."

            "It was pretty embarrassing," Noyes said. "I had people walking around wearing T-shirts with that number."

            People in the telecommunications industry who are familiar with PrimeTel say that in addition to snapping up familiar 1-800 numbers, the company may be trying to capitalize on people's fat-finger dialing mistakes by acquiring numbers that are just a digit or two away from a major company's number.

            Helein denied PrimeTel was trying to capitalize from misdials or engaged in a strategy to intercept calls made by customers of other businesses.

            The key to PrimeTel's business is its access to the entity that controls the assignment of toll-free numbers, called the 800 Service Management System. Numbers are available on a first-come, first-served basis at a cost of about 9.6 cents per month. When a customer is done using a number, it is supposed to go back into the pool for use by someone else.

            FCC rules expressly ban service providers from reserving a number unless they have a genuine customer lined up to use it. Speculating in numbers is banned. They are considered public resources that may not be bought or sold. The big phone companies that supply toll-free numbers make their money not by selling the number itself but by providing telephone service.

            But there are also companies that are illegally buying and selling the numbers, and they are a hot commodity, sometimes even available on eBay.

            Such numbers are so highly sought-after that several companies have built powerful computer systems that search the database every day, looking for digits of potential value. Numbers can be reserved as quickly as 95 milliseconds after they are released by former users.

            Helein said PrimeTel has been the target of complaints from other industry players who are "jealous" of the company's computer systems.

            Ont. man arrested in massive online pedophile networw

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            SASKATOON — Two Canadian men face charges in what international authorities say is probably the largest online pedophile network in the world.

            Police in the Netherlands said Wednesday they had smashed a huge international pedophile ring, rescuing 230 children from abuse and arresting 184 suspects. The three-year investigation code named Operation Rescue was centred on an Amsterdam-based online forum called boylover.net.

            The Canadian arrests -- one in Saskatchewan in 2009 and one in Ontario last fall -- weren't connected publicly to the global network until Wednesday.

            Sgt. Patrick Nogier with the Saskatchewan Integrated Child Exploitation unit, known as ICE, said there are two reasons for that.

            "Our information may have been right on the forefront of it, which means that we acted very quickly and got it accomplished very quickly with respect to other investigations," Nogier told The Canadian Press in a phone interview from Saskatoon.

            "But the other thing is that they ... wouldn't want the information to get out there right away because the Internet allows offenders to be connected very quickly.

            "If you have something of this magnitude, where you have a number of offenders located in different areas across the globe, and you start releasing about what those individuals names are, as law enforcement we don't know how they've communicated or where they've communicated."

            Nogier said the child exploitation unit got information from international authorities on Nov. 15, 2009. The unit traced a computer to a home in Abernethy, southeast of Regina, where investigators conducted a search.

            Four days later, they charged David John Lapage, 68, with possession, accessing and making available child pornography. Lapage, who has been released on conditions, is to appear in court May 18.

            The other Canadian suspect is a man from Kitchener, Ont.

            Olaf Heinzel, a Waterloo, Ont, regional police spokesman, said a man was arrested in November over allegations of online pornography. He said Philip Publuske, 40, was charged with distributing and possessing child pornography. He remains in custody until his next court appearance March 28.

            Heinzel said police became aware of the Operation Rescue investigation after it had arrested Publuske.

            "It's not uncommon for ongoing investigations to be taking place worldwide. It is potentially a global problem. Police services are vigilant about working together to share information because it's all about safeguarding our children, identifying offenders and dismantling their networks," said Heinzel.

            The European Union police agency Europol said the heavily encrypted forum, whose administrator appeared in a Dutch court on Tuesday charged with sex offences, had up to 70,000 members.

            The international investigation was led by Britain's Child Exploitation and Online Protection Center but also involved law enforcement agencies as far afield as Australia, the United States and Thailand. Peter Davies of the British child protection centre said there would be more arrests as the investigations continue.

            "Those who have been members of the site can expect a knock on the door in the very near future," he said. In Britain, police said, the children involved were ages 7 to 14.

            Nogier said none of the victims is in Saskatchewan and police say they are not aware of any victims in the Waterloo region.

            Nogier said it was important to move "extremely fast" to protect the children involved.

            "The co-ordination now between ICE units across the country -- actually across the globe for that matter -- is becoming more paramount. And it allows the access and transfer of information much more quicker than it ever has been before ... When you're dealing with children you don't want to take that risk, you want to try and intervene as quickly as possible."

            Police can detect computers accessing child porn

            Published On Wed Mar 9 2011
            Jim Wilkes Staff Reporter

            Halton police say technology is helping them pinpoint predators in their war on child pornography.

            A one-second snapshot of Internet use on Wednesday morning showed six Oakville computers, seven in Burlington, four in Halton Hills and five in Milton were accessing child pornography sites at that moment, said Det.-Sgt. Brad Cook.

            Police also detected 158 computers in Halton that accessed child porn last month, he said.

            But Cook said police won’t reveal how they can track Internet traffic for fear of giving an upper hand to those who troll child porn sites.

            Police departments around the world are engaged in an evolving game of technological cat-and-mouse with web offenders. In 2005, Halton was one of several Canadian police departments that adopted the Microsoft Child Exploitation Tracking System (CETS).

            The program was developed after a Toronto police officer in the child exploitation unit asked Microsoft founder Bill Gates for help, frustrated by the lack of technological resources in chasing offenders. The software company has since invested $4.5 million in the program.

            The CETS database acts as an information repository, helping officers organize data and share information across jurisdictions.

            Halton is among 18 police services across Ontario involved in a joint forces strategy to protect children from sexual abuse and exploitation.

            OPP Staff Sgt. Frank Goldschmidt, the program manager, said sharing expertise and technology allows police to more easily seek out Internet predators. “They’re always a step ahead of us, but we’re not too far behind,” he said.

            Wendy Cukier, a research associate at Ryerson’s privacy and cybercrime institute, says new technology is a boon to law enforcement.

            “Given the growing prevalence and sophistication of the full range of cyber and technology enabled crime, the police need advanced technology tools and know-how as well as up-to-date legislative frameworks to do their job,” she said.

            But some civil liberties experts worry the tech race is a slippery slope that will leave the law behind.

            “I’m always suspicious when police are using technology which allows them to get information which traditionally would only be available by getting a warrant,” said Richard Rosenberg, president of the B.C. Freedom of Information and Privacy Association.

            Halton police also announced the arrests of four men for possession and distribution of child pornography over the Internet.

            The arrests came after a two-month investigation revealed widespread access to porn sites across Halton, said Det. Insp. Al Albano.

            The accused men did not know each other, but were engaged in similar activities, police said.

            Charged with possessing child pornography and making it available are Robert Knight Bowley, 31, and Andrew Rutledge, 18, both of Burlington, Cody Crocker, 20, of Oakville, and Gerald Legere, 62, of Campbellville.

            Victoria 'Tori' Stafford
            Tori Stafford's father says it was difficult setting eyes on one of the girl's accused killers for the first time.

            But Rodney Stafford adds there is little point in making a scene.

            Instead, Stafford sat quietly today in a Woodstock, Ont., court, several rows behind Michael Rafferty, who faces a first-degree murder charge in the abduction and death of the Grade 3 student.

            Tori was abducted as she left her school on April 8, 2009.

            Rafferty, 30, and Terri-Lynne McClintic, 20, were charged more than one month later.

            Tori's remains were found in a field more than 100 kilometres north of Woodstock.

            Being in court with his daughter's accused killer was "really hard," Stafford said Monday.

            "There's four rows of people stopping me from wanting to get to the front of the courtroom but I just can't ... (you've) got to be smart about things."

            Rafferty, dressed in a dark grey suit and tie, and cleanly shaven with neatly cropped hair, was in court for a pre-trial motion. He watched the proceedings impassively from the prisoner's dock surrounded by Plexiglas.

            Details of the motion cannot yet be released due to a sweeping publication ban on the proceedings before Ontario Superior Court Justice Thomas Heeney.

            Stafford, 35, said he was managing the emotional toll of the case with the support of family and friends but said it was difficult waiting for the wheels of justice to finish turning.

            "It's almost two years into it now and it's looking like it's not going to start until next year," he said.

            "It's dragged out. I don't know how other families have done it. It's hard."

            McClintic pleaded guilty last April, and was sentenced to life in prison.

            Her plea was only made public in December after a Supreme Court of Canada decision partially lifted a veil of secrecy imposed on her case.

            Despite media complaints, part of that publication ban remains in effect to preserve Rafferty's constitutional right to a fair trial.

            "I just want to move on in life," he said.

            "We can't bring our little girl home but we've got to move on with our own lives."

            Stafford said he understood that prosecutors have to "go by the book," but said the pre-trial machinations were sometimes hard to swallow.

            He said he just wanted the case decided.

            "It sucks. It really sucks," he said.

            "It's hard for me to not voice my opinion sitting in there."

            Tori's mother, Tara McDonald, and several other relatives also were on hand to see the accused in person, who has made other appearances by video link.

            Cops step up child abuse fight

            Last Updated: January 20, 2011

            Toronto child exploitation officers are taking the fight against sexual abuse one step further.

            The Commit to Kids public awareness campaign, designed for front-line childcare workers to determine if their children are being sexually abused, was launched Thursday at the Toronto Police headquarters.

            Chief William Blair said “one of the greatest challenges we face in our society is protecting our most vulnerable members.”

            The program aims to prevent child abuse by creating policies and procedures that educate childcare workers about the signs of sex abuse.

            Child offenders seek out organizations that deal with kids in order to gain easy access to them, Sex Crimes Unit Det. Sue Burke said.

            Commit to Kids aims at stopping child offenders before sexual abuse occurs, Burke said.

            Discussing the issue of sexual abuse is embarrassing for victims, therefore the need for this program is imperative, Canadian Centre for Child Protection director Signy Arnason said.

            “This program will make sure offenders won’t have the time or access needed to harm another innocent child,” she said.

            Although childcare workers strive to protect and maintain a safe environment for children, they’re not always successful in identifying the early stages of child abuse.

            This program helps organizations deal with grey areas of misconduct and catch abuse before it happens Burke said.

            Arnason’s hope for the future is that all child-serving organization uses Commit to Kids program and so far, 10,000 education kits were sent out to community and childcare groups.


            Sex offender gets time served, stern warning for 1998 assault

            Published On Fri Jan 14 2011
            Peter Small Courts Bureau

            A judge has sentenced a repeat sex offender to the equivalent of seven years in prison for sexually assaulting a 6-year-old girl in a basement storage room almost 13 years ago.

            The girl, now 19, cannot remember what Glenn John Miller looked like, but Toronto Police sex crimes unit officers were able to identify him nine years after the offence through a historic DNA match and arrested him in 2007.

            He immediately confessed, but minimized the extent of the assault. He has been in jail awaiting trial ever since.

            On Friday, Ontario Superior Court Justice Michael Code sentenced the 50-year-old former soldier to time served — the equivalent of seven years — which means he will be almost immediately released to serve three years of strict probation.

            In doing so, the judge accepted the joint recommendation of Crown prosecutor Stefania Fericean and court-appointed defence lawyer Peter Boushy.

            He noted that Miller, who uses a wheelchair, has a worsening spinal condition that reduces his risk to the public.

            But Code issued a warning.

            He told Miller he would be “really, really mad” if he violated any of the terms of his release, which include avoiding places where children gather. “If you come back here again, you'll never see the outside of a jail.”

            Miller entered the east-central Toronto apartment building where the 6-year-old girl lived on Aug. 14, 1998 and lured her to a basement storage room, where he performed a sex act as she cried and begged to be let go.

            She was so severely traumatized by the assault by the stranger that she never fully told her parents what happened.

            Miller pleaded guilty on Thursday and was convicted Friday for sex assault and forcible confinement. The judge noted his long history of drug abuse, voyeurism and exposing himself. He had a previous sex assault conviction in 1988. He has received counselling and has been diagnosed as a heterosexual pedophile with multiple sexual disorders.

            Ex-photojournalist denies sexually assaulting six girls

            Published On Thu Dec 16 2010
            Peter Small Courts Bureau

            A former photojournalist for a Spanish-language Toronto newspaper categorically denies he sexually assaulted six prepubescent girls over a period of 20 years.

            Pedro Briceno testified Thursday he never touched any girls inappropriately or simulated sex with them, as alleged.

            He told his lawyer¸ Nicholas Xynnis, that he regularly kissed several on the face, forehead or lips, especially as they came and went from his home, but that he never stuck his tongue in their mouth, as some have testified.

            The 67-year-old Chilean immigrant has pleaded not guilty in Ontario Superior Court to 13 counts, including sexual assault and sexual interference of the six little girls in 1987, 1991, 2006 and 2007.

            He testified he was a photographer for 16 years with El Popular, a Toronto Spanish-language newspaper, but he left shortly after he was charged in 2007 because his bail conditions made it impossible for him to continue.

            On Thursday, a woman testified that when she was 8 or 9 he got her, on six or seven occasions, to sit on his lap in a computer room at a Chilean social club.

            She said as she sat on him she often felt his hardened penis under his clothes and that he touched her thighs. He also tried to take her hand to make her touch his penis, she testified.

            Briceno denied the allegations.

            Testifying through a Spanish-language interpreter, he said the computer room was always full of people coming and going, so he and the girl could never have been alone.

            On Monday, an 11-year-old girl testified that at Briceno’s west Toronto apartment three years ago he forced her to wrap her legs around him while he fondled her. She also said he put another little girl on top of her and pushed them together.

            Briceno denied this ever happened, saying he grabbed the two girls at one point after they refused to leave a room as ordered. “That’s all that happened,” he said.

            On Dec. 10, a 34-year-old woman testified that Briceno fondled her breasts and vagina in his home in 1987 when she was 10.

            The woman said he kissed her, sticking his tongue in her mouth, climbed on top of her and started rubbing against her with his hips.

            “Did you touch (her) in any way that she described,” Xynnis asked.

            “No,” he replied.

            The woman claimed to see him touching another little girl, her 9-year-old friend, who had also come to visit his apartment.

            “That never occurred,” Briceno said.

            The trial continues Friday.

            The day Tori Stafford was murdered

            Published On Thu Dec 9 2010
            By Rosie DiManno Columnist

            WOODSTOCK–Just another day in the life of Terri-Lynne McClintic would be the last day in the life of Tori Stafford.

            Because their paths fatefully crossed on April 8, 2009.

            Because Tori, a street-proofed child, sensed no danger in the beckoning of a female teenager.

            Because the youngster’s older brother, to his eternal regret, was accompanying another boy home, as pre-arranged.

            Because the 8-year-old target was sweet on dogs.

            But mostly because McClintic was trolling for a little girl.

            Tori was murdered within a few hours of her abduction, snatched off the street in this small town, in broad daylight. Time enough, though, for unspeakable cruelties to be inflicted upon her.


            Read the victim impact statements from McClintic’s trial


            For more than seven months, the media has been forbidden from reporting what unfolded in a Woodstock courtroom. That was the day McClintic pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and received an automatic life sentence.

            Justice Dougald McDermid issued a temporary publication ban on April 30 that was later extended as lawyers for a co-accused sought to smother the contents of an agreed statement of facts. On Thursday, the Supreme Court of Canada refused to hear an appeal in the winding judicial process that could have kept the clamps on.

            So now, long since the memory of Tori began to recede in the public consciousness, some of those facts can finally be told.

            For 18-year-old McClintic, that wretched day went like this:

            1.00: Walk to a local church to obtain food vouchers, then to the Foodlands grocery store.

            2.19: Sign in at the community employment centre. Check her MSN account.

            2.30: Return home.

            3.32: Abduct child.

            5:02: Stop at Home Depot in Guelph to purchase garbage bags and hammer.

            6 p.m. or thereabouts: Take Tori to a remote side road location where the youngster is murdered and her body concealed.

            9 to 10 p.m.: Drive back to Woodstock, walk home.

            That’s how events are described in the heavily edited (by order of McDermid) agreed statement of facts – the killing of Victoria (Tori) Stafford.

            McClintic was the Mystery Woman, the lady in the puffy white coat, captured by a surveillance camera walking away with a trusting Tori, minutes after the child had left school on the buzzing of the afternoon bell – having just dashed back to class to retrieve her favourite pair of butterfly earrings.

            Those earrings would later – much, much later – be found with the Grade 3 student’s bludgeoned body.

            McClintic’s trial, shrouded in secrecy, took less than half a day. Her request to have plea and sentence made public immediately was denied.

            As she rose in the defendant’s box, ashen in a black pant suit, hair caught up in a messy bun, McDermid posed the necessary questions in the preamble to a plea.

            “Do you understand that, as you stand there, you are presumed to be innocent?’’

            She did.

            “Do you understand that the onus is on the Crown to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt?’’

            She did.

            “You are admitting you’re guilty of murdering Victoria Stafford?’’


            “You understand that the charge carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison?’’


            “You understand that I will have no choice but to sentence you to life?’’


            “Have you been threatened or coerced in any way to plead guilty?’’


            “And why are you entering a guilty plea today?’’

            McClintic’s choked voice was barely audible as she responded: “Because I feel it’s the right thing to do. A little girl lost her life. I need to give something back.’’

            Not the life she took, though; that can’t ever be.

            McClintic would have more to say, after the narrative of her ghastly crime had been recounted in almost perfunctory manner by Crown Attorney Geoff Beasley; after Tori’s mother and father and grandmothers and other relatives had delivered their heart-wrenching victim impact statements, in person or via videotape.

            Shoulders hunching ever lower, as if the words spoken by those who loved the little girl best were like hammer blows to her head – except they weren’t, of course—McClintic at one point requested a recess and almost fled from the courtroom, clutching her stomach. When the trial resumed, a bucket was placed next to her feet, lest she feel the need to vomit.

            Many observers in the courtroom felt like vomiting, too.

            McClintic told court later, in her own words, that she’d never intended to steal a child that afternoon. Yet she did.

            “On April 8, I don’t know what I thought was going to happen,’’ she told court. “Every night before I go to sleep, I tell myself that when I wake up in the morning this will all have been just a very, very bad dream, but when I open my eyes, I look around me and see that this is a reality…

            “I didn’t wake up that morning thinking I would take a child.

            “Every day I think that maybe if I hadn’t walked down the street that day, that precious little angel would still be here. Every day I ask myself why. Why did I tell myself that everything would be okay?’’

            As was reported by the media after McClintic’s arrest on an outstanding warrant April 12 – with some tips to police from the very beginning identifying her as the woman in the video – Tori had a peripheral connection to her abductor. Her mom had been to McClintic’s house, shared an interest in dog-breeding with McClintic’s mother.

            Tori loved dogs too, so was easy to cajole when McClintic – who introduced herself as “T’’—said she had a Shih Tzu named Precious. “Tori told her she also had a Shih Tzu and she agreed that she would like to see Terri-Lynn’s dog,’’ as the agreed statement of fact puts it.

            Yet McClintic told court she hadn’t specifically targeted the Grade 3 student that afternoon. The pretty little blonde girl was simply the first child McClintic came across.

            The youngster had been headed home alone for the first time ever, brother Daryn having agreed to see another boy back to his apartment. So this was a major rite of passage for Tori. She was eagerly looking forward to having a bunch of little girlfriends over to her house after school to watch a video. But she was waylaid by McClintic and chatted up about dogs. How could the child resist?

            The final image of Tori – the last time she would be seen alive – McClintic is escorting the girl to the parking lot of a nearby retirement home. In the surveillance videotape, the two walk off the screen.

            They went to an address in Guelph, then to a location north of that city, a lonely laneway across from a farmhouse on a concession road off Highway 6.

            McClintic: “I will never forget what happened, the mistakes I made, the failure I was. A million tears will never be enough and a million words would never be able to express how truly sorry I am. I allowed my own issues, my own past, to affect the future of an innocent girl.’’

            McClintic said she’d been under the influence of drugs, “and yes, there are things that I’ve experienced in the past that may have affected my reactions to the situation I was in, but regardless of those reasons, it doesn’t make what happened acceptable.’’

            The details of what did happen – heard in open court – can’t be reported at this time.

            During those hours, Tori had already been reported to police as missing by her frightened mother, Tara McDonald. Daryn, the child’s big brother, was also consumed with worry and guilt. He borrowed a cousin’s bicycle to search the neighbourhood too.

            The following morning, police released the Mystery Woman video. A massive search was launched and would continue, hopefully, for weeks. . . months. But Tori was long dead, killed even as her mother was raising the alarm, buried with her Hanna Montana T-shirt, portions of a headband and her butterfly earrings.

            Cause of death was multiple blunt force impact.

            The child’s remains were found July 19 by an OPP officer who recognized the scene – the laneway, the farmhouse, the grove of spruce trees, the creek – that McClintic had described in detail to a police sketch artist. This off-duty cop was the same investigator who, nearly a year and a half later, would induce a murder confession in another notorious case – Col. Russell Williams admitting to the slaying of two women, to rape, to the burglarizing of dozens of homes.

            By the time Det. Sgt. Jim Smyth made his gruesome discovery – after sniffing the distinctive odour of decomposition and spotting a green garbage bag beneath a rock pile under a pine tree—McClintic had already been charged with murder.

            She’d originally been picked up on the arrest warrant for unrelated charges and had voluntarily provided police with an incriminating statement, declining to have a lawyer present, and submitted to a polygraph test. She would also receive permission from the court to accompany police on their search, even flying over areas by helicopter but unable to recognize the spot where she told them Tori had been murdered.

            What McClintic said in court, in apparent remorse, was: “Not in a million years would I have pictured myself standing here, but here I am and I know that I need to stand up and take responsibility for my actions.’’

            She had her own “issues,’’ McClintic said, traumatizing experiences from the past, but those could never rationalize the killing of that “amazing little girl’’. Now, she only wanted it off her chest, if not her conscience, to plead guilty and accept a life sentence.

            “I’ll never be able to take back what’s happened, but I’ve been trying to do everything I can to make things as right as they can be, which is why I stand here today. I would give anything to be able to trade that amazing little girl places, but I can’t, and man, that hurts.’’

            Ninety-seven days Tori’s body remained in that isolated place. Police did not wait until they had a corpse before charging McClintic, first with abduction of a person under the age of 14 – that charge ultimately dropped – and then first degree murder.

            “Tori will never leave my heart,’’ McClintic told court, as if this were a child she had loved and not one she had killed.

            “She’ll hold my heart in her hands until the day I die. She has made me realize that I need to deal with my issues; that I can’t continue on the road I’ve been walking.

            “I owe my life to that precious little angel and all the people who’ve been hurt because of this.’’

            Also charged with kidnapping and murder in the first degree is Michael Thomas C.S. Rafferty, 29.

            The Ministry of the Attorney General announced in June that it was proceeding with a direct indictment in Rafferty’s case, meaning he will go to trial without having a preliminary hearing.

            It was the spectre of that hearing which had triggered the sweeping publication ban.

            Now you know.

            Not all of it, far from that, and not the worst parts. But enough to weep anew for that dear, doomed child, for Tori.

            Former hockey coach Graham James to get bail on new sex charges


            Graham James holds his award in Toronto, June 8, 1989 after being named The Hockey News man of the year in this file photo.

            Bill Becker/THE CANADIAN PRESS
            The Canadian Press

            WINNIPEG—A judge says he will grant bail to disgraced former junior hockey coach Graham James who faces new sex charges in Winnipeg.

            But final conditions for his release won’t be set until Dec. 17 and James is to remain in jail until then.

            James faces nine charges stemming from alleged encounters between 1979 and 1994 involving three boys, one of them Theo Fleury who became a National Hockey League star.

            James, who is 58, served more than a year in jail in the late 1990s for assaulting three young hockey players, including NHLer Sheldon Kennedy.

            He was pardoned and moved to Mexico, but returned to Canada after Winnipeg police issued a warrant on the new charges in October.

            A publication ban was imposed on most of what was said at the bail hearing.

            Fleury, who lives in Calgary, was disappointed at the news James would be released on bail.

            “Am I surprised? No, not really,” he added.

            “We pride ourselves on being one of the safest countries in the world and a decision like the one that was made today doesn't really say a lot, make a statement that we're protecting our children, because we're not.”

            This was the second part of a bail hearing that began last week. James was present for both, sitting in the prisoner's dock in what appeared to be the same baggy grey sweatshirt and pants.

            The once hefty former junior hockey coach has lost a lot of weight and his thinning grey hair is now cropped short.

            A publication ban was imposed on most of what was said during the bail hearing, but the ban is not expected to apply to the eventual bail conditions.

            The tiny courtroom was packed with reporters, as it was last week, but few members of the public have attended the bail hearings.

            With bail conditions not fixed by provincial Judge Rocky Pollack, neither Crown counsel Colleen Cuff nor defence lawyer Evan Roitenberg would comment.

            The Crown had opposed granting bail.

            Ex-Coach And Convicted Sex Offender Graham James To Seek Bail On 9 New Charges

            2010/11/30 | The Canadian Press

            Graham James is named The Hockey News man of the year. Toronto. June 8, 1989. The Canadian Press/Bill Becker.
            Disgraced former junior hockey coach Graham James is expected to ask Wednesday that he be released from custody.

            A bail application hearing has been set for James, who has been held in the Winnipeg Remand Centre for the last month after turning himself in on an arrest warrant.

            A spokesperson for the Crown attorney's office tells The Canadian Press the Crown will oppose bail.

            James is facing nine sex-related charges over a 15-year span and involving three boys, including Theo Fleury, who would go on to star in the National Hockey League.

            James pleaded guilty in 1997 to repeatedly sexual assaulting two teenage players and was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison.

            He was pardoned in 2007, but that wasn't public knowledge until it was revealed last April by The Canadian Press.

            Toronto man sentenced for snapping pictures of kids

            Last Updated: November 24, 2010 6:39pm

            A professional photographer who stealthily snapped pictures of boys changing at public recreation centres and the Toronto Zoo was sentenced Wednesday to two years less a day for child pornography and voyeurism crimes.

            Brian Fothergill, 46, wiped away tears after being sentenced in Old City Hall court by Justice Cathy Mocha.

            He pleaded guilty earlier to five charges, including breaching previous release conditions.

            Crown attorney Rachel Young said there’s no evidence that Fothergill “committed any hands-on sexual offences on a child, but he has crossed the line by taking photos.”

            Fothergill, a father of two young children, was also placed on three years probation. The first-time offender was banned from public areas frequented by children for the rest of his life.

            Fothergill was first nabbed on April 8, 2009 and told police he had this problem for 30 years and that he had more pictures at home.

            Fothergill entered the boys’ change room of the Jimmy Simpson Recreation Centre, at 870 Queen St. E., with a digital camera, Young said in reading an agreed statement of facts.

            Two fathers were changing their respective boys, aged two and six, out of their bathing suits.

            Fothergill concealed a camera under his arm while secretly taking photos of the naked boys, Young said.

            The father of the two-year-old boy spotted Fothergill taking pictures and confronted him. The dad alerted the centre staff, who then notified police.

            Investigators retrieved a memory stick Fothergill threw into a toilet and found pictures of young children, both fully nude and in the midst of changing out of clothing — which were not pornographic — as well as pictures of Fothergill’s family.

            Police executed a search warrant at Fothergill’s home, seizing several computers and digital storage devices.

            Some of those pictures were pornographic, Young told the court.

            Pictures were also found of kids changing clothes at Birchmount Pool and of children in the change room near the Toronto Zoo’s water park area.

            In total there were 2,713 images of child pornography, 246 of them taken by Fothergill, Young said. There were also 13,589 images of child nudity.

            Fothergill was arrested again on last Sept. 18 after he violated bail conditions prohibiting him from attending public areas where there were children. He was given credit for 76 days of pre-trial custody.

            When arrested the second time, court heard Fothergill began to cry and told police, “I’ve been trying so hard.”

            Thursday, November 11, 2010

            Pedophile's guide sparks outrage

            Last Updated: November 10, 2010 9:49pm

            Brittany Cameron couldn’t believe her eyes when she clicked on Amazon.com and saw the site was peddling a rule book for creeps who prey on kids.

            The Peterborough mom, who said she’s a survivor of child sex abuse, heard about the self-published eBook and had to visit the popular online bookstore to see if it was real.

            “I’m disgusted!” Cameron, 25, said Wednesday, as news of the book went viral on the web.

            “Amazon is just as bad as the pedophiles for selling this,” she charged.

            The book is titled, The Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure: a Child Lover’s Code of Conduct.

            “This is my attempt to make pedophile situations safer for those juveniles that find themselves involved in them, by establishing certian (sic) rules for these adults to follow,” author Phillip R. Greaves writes on Amazon of his latest work. “I hope to achieve this by appealing to the better nature of pedosexuals, with hope that their doing so will result in less hatred and perhaps liter (sic) sentences should they ever be caught.”

            The book, one of four Greaves has listed on Amazon, sells for $4.79 and was released Oct. 28.

            A week after it went on sale, the first comment appeared on the site’s customer reviews section slamming Amazon. A few others chimed in over the next few days.

            But on Wednesday the outrage exploded. By 9 p.m., there were about 1,600 comments, mostly people demanding Amazon pull the book from its virtual shelves.

            There are a handful of posters supporting the book. Most appear to be in jest, but some are downright creepy.

            “I can’t thank Amazon enough for keeping this great work of literature up for those of us with ‘special tastes,’” wrote Jack Marshall.

            Cameron said Amazon’s support is “absolutely unacceptable.”

            She’s convinced the book will prompt people to act on thoughts of pedophile. And she knows all too well the lifelong scars caused when adults take advantage of kids.

            “I was nine when I was molested,” Cameron alleged.

            She complained to police at 12 but claims she wasn’t taken seriously and no charges were ever laid against her abuser.

            Amazon did not reply to calls placed by the Toronto Sun.

            Criminal lawyer Jonathan Dawe said the book seems to be illegal under Canada’s Criminal Code, which outlaws any written material that advocates, or councils to commit, sex with a minor within its definition of child pornography.

            And any Canadian who downloads the book could potentially be charged with possession, said the Toronto lawyer.

            “But you can’t judge a book by its title,” he said. “It all depends what the actual content is.”


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            Ex-hockey coach Graham James rearrested

            Published On Thu Oct 28 2010
            Steve Lambert The Canadian Press

            WINNIPEG—Convicted sex offender Graham James surrendered to police in Toronto on Wednesday and was whisked to Winnipeg, where he has been wanted on nine charges of sexual assault.

            “I think there’s one less predator on the street and he can’t hurt any more kids,” said former NHL star Theo Fleury, one of his accusers.

            Police in the Manitoba capital issued a short news release saying the former junior hockey coach was arrested “through mutual agreement” and remains in custody. No additional details will be released, they said.

            The warrant, issued earlier this month, listed allegations from three new complainants that date back several years. They include Fleury, who has published a tell-all autobiography alleging that James abused him starting when he was 14 years old.

            The other two complainants can’t be named because of a publication ban.

            Fleury was pleased to hear that James is once again behind bars.

            “I understand that it does take a while to put an investigation together, put charges together and whatnot, so I’m pleased at this point with the result of what happened today,” he said from Toronto. “We’ll just keep moving forward and trust in the legal system that we’ll get justice.”

            Fleury added he is prepared to testify if the case goes to trial.

            “I’ll do whatever it takes from here on in . . . to make this come to an ending.”

            James, who coached the Moose Jaw Warriors, Swift Current Broncos and Calgary Hitmen, pleaded guilty in 1997 to hundreds of assaults on two teenage players, including former NHLer Sheldon Kennedy, and was sentenced to three and a half years in prison.

            He was quietly pardoned three years ago, news which caused an uproar when it was revealed earlier this year.

            The federal government has since said it would crack down on pardons. The Prime Minister’ Office had no comment about Wednesday’ arrest.

            James’s last known address was in Guadalajara, Mexico, and his lawyer said last week that his client was committed to addressing the new charges.

            “Mr. James, as indicated before, has been and continues to be wanting to be cooperative with authorities — and will be,”Evan Roitenberg said at the time.

            Winnipeg Police Set To Issue New Warrant For Convicted Sex Offender Graham James

            2010/10/13 | The Canadian Press

            23, 2009 at Rexall Place in Edmonton. Image credit: Dale MacMillan, Getty Images.
            A Canada-wide warrant for convicted sex offender Graham James will be issued Wednesday based on allegations from multiple accusers, The Canadian Press has learned.

            Police in Winnipeg will lay new charges against the former junior hockey coach, who previously pleaded guilty to hundreds of incidents of sexual assault involving two teenaged hockey players under his influence.

            A tell-all autobiography published last year by former NHL star Theoren Fleury contains new allegations against James, who coached Fleury and fellow NHLer Sheldon Kennedy as young teens in Saskatchewan.

            Kennedy and another unnamed individual went to police in 1996, resulting in James' guilty plea, but Fleury's allegations have not resulted in charges until now.

            Fleury said late Tuesday he was relieved to learn an arrest warrant will be issued for his former coach.

            ”I’m grateful to the Winnipeg Police for responding to my complaint,” said a statement posted on Fleury’s website.

            ”I know it took a while, but these things have to be done right.”

            Police notified people involved in the case against James that the new warrant would be issued, but a Winnipeg Police Services spokesman refused to comment publicly Tuesday.

            "When they (police) did my investigation they said there were probably 75 to 100 victims out there — which I believe to be true," Kennedy said in an interview Tuesday night.

            "To me, abuse kills. You can't take what Graham did lightly."

            Kennedy, who started a foundation to help abused kids after he first went public and still works in the field doing workplace and school education programs, said he's seen the widespread affect.

            "You look at the shame and guilt on people's faces, it's affected a lot of people, a lot of damage done."

            Fleury also expressed concern on his website for others who came forward to file complaints.

            "I just hope the other guys who stepped up will be surrounded with love and support from their friends and family like I was,” he said.

            “I want them to know they are not alone."

            Fleury also said he would continue to co-operate with authorities.

            James, 58, has since been pardoned of those earlier convictions and is believed to be living in Guadalajara, Mexico.

            James was sentenced to three and half years in prison in 1997 and later was revealed by The Canadian Press to have received a pardon from the National Parole Board. The news of James' pardon prompted the federal government last spring to tighten the laws governing pardons.

            It has since been discovered that James is living and working in Mexico.

            He told reporters who tracked him there in May that he is not in hiding and has a Winnipeg lawyer to deal with any further allegations of sexual misconduct.

            The lawyer, Evan Roitenberg, was reached by The Canadian Press late Tuesday and asked if he any comment on the impending warrant. "I don't," Roitenberg said.

            Fleury's autobiography, "Playing With Fire," alleges James began molesting him when he was 14 years old. But James' assaults on teenaged underlings weren't publicly outed until a decade later, when Kennedy and another unnamed individual went to police.

            By then, James was coach, GM and part owner of the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League.

            The scandal rocked Canadian hockey from its peewee rinks to the NHL. James was banned for life from coaching by the Canadian Hockey Association but subsequently turned up coaching in Spain from 2001 to 2003.

            He received his pardon in 2007.

            Sex abuse victim sues St. Catharines diocese

            Published On Tue Oct 5 2010
            Jim Rankin Staff Reporter

            ST. CATHARINES—The memories came flooding back for Mike Blum about seven years ago, when one of his sons, then 8, asked about becoming an altar boy. He became hyper protective of the boy. No, unlike Blum, he was not permitted to serve near a priest.

            In 2005, when Blum learned that the St. Catharines Catholic priest who had molested him — beginning in 1978 when he was 14 and an altar boy — was working at a grief counselling job that involved contact with children, he decided he must tell the church what had happened to him.

            It was the third known time the diocese heard allegations that Donald Grecco had sexually abused boys. The mother of another altar boy came forward in 1986. Another complaint was made in 2001. The incidents occurred between 1978 and 1986.

            Yet, Grecco, who comes from a prominent Catholic family, had continued as a priest.

            By the time Blum came forward on Sept. 23, 2005, Grecco had stopped wearing his collar and was apparently working as a counsellor.

            Blum sat in an office at the Diocese of St. Catharines’ headquarters on the Merrittville Highway in Thorold and, before two senior clergy, let it all out. “I was crying,” he told the Star. “Breaking down.”

            The two clergy, according to Blum, told him there was nothing they could do, and tried to cheer him up by making a joke about an upcoming golf trip they were taking. “We’ll pray for you,” they told him.

            The meeting lasted 15 minutes, said Blum.

            Blum next went to the Ontario Provincial Police, and the case widened to include two other young victims. In March, Grecco, 70, pleaded guilty to acts of gross indecency. His sentencing has been delayed due to unspecified health problems.

            On Tuesday, Blum announced at a news conference that he is suing Grecco, the diocese and former bishop James Wingle, who resigned unexpectedly two weeks after Grecco pleaded guilty. Wingle cited “stamina” issues in a brief resignation letter.

            “Many questions have gone unanswered,” said Blum’s lawyer, Rob Talach. “What did the diocese know about Grecco, and when? When and why did he cease to be a priest? Was the Vatican informed of Grecco’s indiscretions at the time he was released from the priesthood? How many victims of Grecco, and of other priests of this diocese, is the hierarchy aware of? What is the diocese doing today about this crisis in their church?”

            Since Wingle’s resignation, the diocese has been mostly silent on the case. A Star request Tuesday for comment went unanswered.

            Although Grecco has pleaded guilty to molesting Blum and two others, many of the allegations contained in Blum’s civil suit have not been proven in court.

            Blum alleges Wingle, who became bishop in 2005 before Blum complained about Grecco, failed to inform the Children’s Aid Society of the allegations, didn’t conduct a full investigation and didn’t go to police with Blum’s allegations, nor support Blum to do so himself.

            The diocese has indicated to the Star in the past that it followed its abuse complaint protocols on the Grecco case but did not spell out those measures.

            Blum, who requested the court lift a publication ban on his name, brought a picture of himself at the age of 14 to the news conference and read aloud from his victim impact statement, directed at his abuser.

            “I trusted you, my parents trusted you and the community trusted you,” said Blum. “I believed in God, I believed in the Catholic Church and I believed in you. Because of you I have lived a lie my whole life. You could have done great good; you chose to inflict great pain.”

            Until court, the last time Blum, now 46, saw Grecco was when he was 19. The priest was at his mother’s funeral. Blum’s father had died the year before.

            Blum, who has three children and two stepchildren, said his health has deteriorated, particularly since coming forward. He has masked his pain with alcohol, has often thought of suicide and on one occasion was locked in a psychiatric ward. He thanked his supporters, including his wife, Gina McIntee.

            Blum is seeking $3 million in damages, which is common in such cases. Settlements are usually much lower.

            The statement of claim has been served on the diocese. But according to an affidavit, attempts to serve the former bishop were unsuccessful. Msgr. Wayne Kirkpatrick informed a process server that Wingle was still involved with the church but “could not provide . . . any information as to his whereabouts,” reads the affidavit.

            Attempts to serve Grecco were also unsuccessful. He is to appear in a Hamilton court for sentencing on Oct. 29.

            Convictions in horrific child-murder case of Randal Dooley upheld by top court

            The Canadian Press

            Randal Dooley died Sept. 25, 1998 of brain injuries that witnesses said were received after repeated beatings at the hands of his parents.

            OTTAWA — Second-degree murder convictions have been upheld in what's been called one of Canada's worst child-abuse cases.

            The Supreme Court of Canada has declined to hear an appeal in the case of seven-year-old Randal Dooley.

            The court, as usual, did not give reasons.

            A jury convicted the boy's father and stepmother, Tony and Marcia Dooley, in 2002 of murdering the boy.

            Randal had wasted to just 41 pounds and had 13 fractured ribs, a lacerated liver, four brain injuries, and head-to-toe bruises when he died in 1998.

            Last December, the Ontario Court of Appeal dismissed the couple's argument that they should be granted a new trial because the judge made legal errors which resulted in jury verdicts based on emotion, not evidence.

            Sentencing Of Canadian Pedophile, Facing 50 Years In Jail, Postponed

            2010/09/27 | The Associated Press

            Sentencing has been postponed in the case of a Canadian man facing up to 50 years in prison for his admitted role in an international pedophile ring he ran out of Thailand.

            No new date has been set in the case of John Wrenshall, who pleaded guilty to three counts including conspiring to engage in sex tourism and to producing and distributing child pornography.

            The 63-year-old, originally from Calgary, detailed graphic abuse of boys as young as four years old.

            Authorities discovered Wrenshall was running a brothel for pedophiles in Thailand after confiscating computers from Union City resident Wayne Corliss. Corliss is serving a 20-year sentence after admitting he travelled to Thailand to have sex with at least two boys.

            Accused in child porn case says CSIS forced laptop search

            Peter Small Courts Bureau

            A Brampton Muslim leader charged with possessing child pornography says he was forced by CSIS agents, obsessed with the idea that he was a terror propagandist, into handing over his computer for a search.

            “I said, ‘You don’t have permission to take it,” Ayad Mejid testified Monday.

            “They said, ‘If we want we will get permission. We will go in your house in front of your neighbours and your children and we will take it,’ ” he told his lawyer, David Kolinsky.

            The Canadian Security Intelligence Service suspected the Iraqi-born Canadian citizen of being Abu Banan, an online Islamist propagandist preaching hatred against the West.

            Mejid, a 47-year-old father of three, is charged with possessing, making and distributing child pornography.

            He is challenging the October 2007 search of his computer by CSIS agents, which allegedly turned up images of young girls engaged in sex acts.

            He is arguing that his rights against unreasonable search and seizure were infringed.

            He has previously told the Star that he has no knowledge of any child pornography.

            Mejid alleges in an affidavit that a CSIS agent pressured him to contact people of interest to the spy service and, when he refused, threatened to tell his wife that he was cheating on her and that he was interested in teenagers.

            Crown prosecutor Michally Iny suggested that Mejid readily agreed to hand over the computer to clear his name of any terrorism suspicions.

            “I was forced to give it to them,” he insisted.

            A CSIS technician, whose identity cannot be reported, testified that he made a copy of the hard drive from Mejid’s laptop after it was brought to him by an agent to examine for evidence of terrorism links.

            The technician, who testified on the other side of two screens to protect his identity, said that after subjecting the hard drive copy to analysis by forensic software, he stumbled upon child pornography videos.

            They were stored under the user’s “My Documents” folder and readily available, the technician testified.

            He said he looked at three of the videos.

            “I saw a child actually performing oral sex on a man; another one had a little girl on a bed. She was naked at the time. And another one had a young girl having intercourse with a man.”

            He said he made a second copy of the hard drive, which was given to Toronto police.

            The trial without a jury, in front of Ontario Superior Court Justice Jane Kelly, continues Wednesday.

            Tuesday, September 14, 2010

            Whitby McDonald's manager faces sex charges

            Last Updated: September 10, 2010 6:36pm


            A Whitby manager — who was one of a handful of McDonald’s Canada employees sent to the Beijing Olympics — is facing charges after two teen employees were allegedly sexually assaulted.

            Two alleged victims contacted Durham Regional Police in late August, launching the investigation which resulted in the man’s arrest on Thursday, police said.

            The restaurant manager struck up social relationships with the girls, ages 15 and 16, outside work hours, police said.

            Investigators said the manager communicated with the girls through text messages and social media websites.

            “In the spring of 2010, the accused convinced both victims, at separate times, to visit his personal residence in Ajax where the sexual offences are alleged to have occurred,” police said. Both girls were not physically harmed and did not require medical attention.

            Anthony Barsanti, 35, of Ravenscroft Rd. in Ajax, is charged with sexual exploitation, sexual assault and sexual interference. He was held for a bail hearing.

            Barsanti, a veteran employee of the golden arches, travelled to the Beijing Olympics in 2008 to work for McDonald’s in the athletes’ village.

            He blogged about his trip for the local Metroland newspaper.

            “Oh yeah, did I mention we got our pictures taken with Michael Phelps, too? Have to love working for McDonald’s,” he wrote in one of the three posts he made on the blog Barsanti In Beijing.

            Police said the investigation is ongoing and officers would like to ensure there are no other further victims.

            Anyone with new information to the investigation is asked to contact Det.-Const. Gill Lock of the major crime sexual assault and child abuse Unit at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 5323 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or durhamregionalcrimestoppers.ca.


            Canadians arrested in Facebook porn ring

            Published On Fri Aug
            Jesse McLean Staff Reporter

            Two Canadians are among 11 people arrested for allegedly being part of an international child pornography ring that operated through Facebook.

            However, Australian officials are furious at the popular social network site, which they say had discovered the illicit profiles but repeatedly failed to notify police.

            The arrests, announced Friday by Australian police, include six people in Britain, three in Australia and the two in British Columbia — one in Vancouver, one in Kelowna.

            The men allegedly set up Facebook accounts under false identities to trade thousands of images and videos of “adults and children engaged in sexual behaviour,” said Neil Gaughan of the Australia Federal Police.

            “We are aware that Facebook knew of the existence of these pages and even went so far as to remove the profiles,” Gaughan told the Sydney Morning Herald.

            Facebook had deactivated the suspects’ online accounts, he said, but their profiles had been recreated within hours.

            Facebook’s “lack of cooperation and their lack of proactive assistance to law enforcement could lead to a child assaulted,” Gaughan said.

            Australian police said they infiltrated the alleged network after a covert officer established a Facebook profile and was approached by one of the suspects.

            The investigation, dubbed Project Ocean, began in March in conjunction with the RCMP, British authorities and the FBI.

            British sex offender Ian Green, the alleged group’s ringleader, has been jailed for four years for sharing more than 100,000 indecent images of children

            The 45-year-old pleaded guilty to a string of charges relating to making, possessing and distributing images of abused children. In Green’s trial, the court heard that he used 11 different Facebook accounts to distribute the images.

            There are few details regarding the two accused Canadians, except that police in Kelowna and Vancouver oversaw the Canadian leg of the investigation.

            No names or ages have been released. One of the men has been charged with four counts relating to child exploitation, while an investigation is still ongoing regarding the second suspect.

            RCMP Supt. John Bilinski said Project Ocean is a “clear demonstration of how international co-operation can help ensure that child sexual offenders are brought to justice.”

            “One of our most effective strategies against Internet-facilitated child sexual abuse is cooperation. No single agency can deal with this crime in isolation. We continually work together with our partners to ensure the safety and security of children, regardless of where they live,” he said in a release.

            Porn case a 'cautionary tale' on downloading

            Last Updated: August 25, 2010

            LONDON, Ont. — There's no question Fadi Al-Hudhud wanted to download adult pornography from the Internet.

            What he didn't want was child pornography that would sometimes filter into his computer through the file-sharing program LimeWire.

            When Al-Hudhud, 27, was arrested more than two years ago, on June 25, 2008, the architecture student at the University of Western Ontario told police he didn't know about the smattering of child pornography among his downloaded images and videos.

            The 10 accessible images and 17 videos found on his computer had the potential to derail his graduate studies in the U.S. and send him to jail.

            On Tuesday, Superior Court Justice Peter Hockin said Al-Hudhud was "lazy" and "careless" with his computer. But Hockin said he wasn't convinced beyond a reasonable doubt Al-Hudhud intentionally possessed and made available the illegal images. He was acquitted of three counts of making child pornography available and four counts of possessing child pornography.

            Al-Hudhud's case is a cautionary tale for computer users looking for free downloads and shared files, his lawyer said.

            "I think there is a message for the community who use programs like Limewire that child pornography can come into a computer without being searched for," Jeanine LeRoy said.

            "And if you are not careful, the police can find it."

            LeRoy said LimeWire is "a dangerous program if not used very carefully" and "parents need to be aware of what their children are using the program for."

            LimeWire is a commonly used program where computers users share and swap music, movies and other files. It's also an on-line place for sharing pornographic images and videos.

            In recent years, police have patrolled and successfully found people sharing child porn.

            The pornography on Al-Hudhud's computer was first detected by the London police cybercrime unit on May 20, 2008, when an officer found six child porn files in the shared LimeWire folder out of 26 files.

            The next day, police found six child porn files out of 44 files in the same place. On May 28, 2008, two more child porn videos were found.

            Al-Hudhud's computer was seized on June 25, 2008, and police discovered that a new version of LimeWire was installed in the laptop 10 days earlier. Of the 12,086 adult porn images on the computer, 41 were child pornography, and 31 of those images had been deleted, leaving only 10 accessible.

            In a separate Windows file named "freaky", there were 1,232 videos and 17 were determined to be child pornography.

            There appeared to be a large number of files to be downloaded but there was evidence Al-Hudhud had taken steps to make sure at least his music files could not be shared.

            He told the police after his arrest he used LimeWire to download music, TV shows, movies and adult pornography.

            He admitted he was sometimes lazy and let the program run, but didn't believe anyone could share anything with him.

            His search words, "porn", "sex" and "lesbian" were broad, but he said if he found any child pornography, he would delete immediately.

            As for the "freaky" file, Al-Hudhud told police he didn't create it.

            The judge said though he was troubled by some aspects of the case — especially the "freaky" file — Al-Hudhud never changed his version of what happened from the moment of his arrest until his testimony at his trial.

            Al-Hudhud told police he was "OK, not bad" with computers and thought he had turned off all the sharing functions. He wasn't aware he was making illegal images available.

            Hockin said Al-Hudhud admitted he was interested in collecting adult pornography, but there was evidence he was vigilant in deleting images. However, the search words were too wide to not filter out child pornography even if he didn't want it.

            The judge said he found Al-Hudhud's testimony credible and forthcoming and never shaken by the Crown's cross-examination.

            "He didn't go looking for it," Hockin said.

            25 years on, girl’s disappearance still haunts her family

            Published On Sun Aug 1 2010

            Art Morin still believes she’s alive.

            Twenty-five years after his 8-year-old daughter Nicole vanished without a trace from her Etobicoke apartment July 30, 1985, Morin, now 71, has hope that one day he will hug his daughter again.

            “I couldn’t imagine that it would be 25 years, and she’s still missing,” Morin said from his Etobicoke home, about 10 minutes away from the apartment complex where she went missing.

            “When Nicole disappeared, I honestly believed we would be able to find her. I cannot help but keep my hope up that one day, she will surface again.”

            It was about 11 a.m. on July 30, 1985 when Nicole said goodbye to her mother in her West Mall apartment in the Rathburn Rd. and Hwy. 427 area. She went to ride the elevator to the lobby where her friend, Jennifer, was waiting.

            Nicole never met her friend in the lobby.

            The brown-haired, toothy-smiled girl, who was last seen dressed in a coral-coloured bathing suit, had vanished.

            Nicole’s disappearance sparked a firestorm of media attention worldwide, and the subsequent police investigation is still considered one of the largest and most expensive ever conducted by the Toronto police.

            However, throughout the 25 years of media attention, manpower and resources devoted to the case, including private investigators hired by Morin, not a single clue has emerged about what happened to Nicole that fateful morning.

            “I really don’t like to think that she’s dead. But she hasn’t turned up. You could say maybe that I’m having false hope,” Morin says.

            Nicole’s case has taken several twists and turns throughout the years, many of which had been documented in the recent book Unsolved: True Canadian Cold Cases by Robert Hoshowsky.

            After she went missing, a notebook was found in her bedroom with a note scrawled by Nicole that read “I’m going to disappear.”

            At one point in the investigation, police travelled to Quebec to interview Art Morin’s brother-in-law, who was convicted of murdering Morin’s sister Gertrude in 1961. He has since died and police determined he was not in Toronto at the time of Nicole’s disappearance.

            Throughout the 1990s, Morin remained active in the case working with Toronto police and hiring a private investigator, often travelling to various destinations in the United States following any possible lead in the case.

            In 2001, an updated photo of Nicole showing her as a woman in her mid-20s was sent via the Internet to over 1,000 Crime Stoppers programs in 17 countries worldwide.

            And still, no clue emerged as to Nicole’s whereabouts.

            Morin, who has been consumed and haunted by Nicole’s disappearance, felt he did everything he humanly could do as a father, and has since ceased actively pursuing leads to find Nicole.

            He says he has not marked the 25th anniversary of her disappearance in any special way.

            “She’s just in my thoughts and, of course, I cannot allow myself to dwell there, reliving all those memories again. It’s just too emotional and I had to focus on my life.”

            Nicole’s mother Jeannette, whom Morin was separated from, died of a heart attack in 2007, never knowing what became of her daughter.

            If alive, Nicole would be 33 today. A Facebook vigil titled “Find Nicole Morin” still continues, with some of Nicole’s childhood friends, family and well wishers posting messages.

            “The first day Nicole went missing, I said Nicole is in God’s hands. Well, that’s where it sits, 25 years later,” Morin says. “I still have to hang on to some hope for the future. That maybe, maybe, she might still be alive somewhere.”

            11 years for sex tourist who 'loves women too much'

            Kenneth Klassen tries to hide his face as he arrives at B.C. Supreme Court for the second day of a sentencing hearing related to child-sex tourism in Vancouver, B.C., on Friday, July 23, 2010. (Darryl Dyck / THE CANADIAN PRESS)  

            By: ctvbc.ca

            Date: Wednesday Jul. 28, 2010 11:44 AM PT

            The Canadian sex tourist who told police he was "guilty of loving women too much" has been handed an 11-year prison sentence for having sex with girls ranging in age from eight to 14.

            On Wednesday, a B.C. Supreme Court judge sentenced Kenneth Klassen to 10 years behind bars for 14 counts of sexual touching and another year for a child pornography charge.

            Prosecutors in the case argued the father of three should serve at least 12 years in prison for his crimes.

            Calling him "opportunistic and organized," Justice Austin Cullen rejected the defence argument that Klassen was just a "customer" in a transaction with sex-trade workers, saying the girls were very young and vulnerable.


            The judge added that Klassen abused his position of trust and subjected the girls to a wide range of invasive sexual acts, including using dildos, having intercourse with children under nine-years-old and directing his victims for his own sexual gratification.

            The 59-year-old pleaded guilty to 15 counts involving girls in Cambodia and Colombia in May after a failed constitutional challenge to Canada's child-sex tourism law.

            Crown lawyer Brendan McCabe told a B.C. Supreme Court judge at Klassen's sentencing hearing that the Burnaby, B.C., man was caught trying to ship 21 homemade DVDs back to Canada that contained images of him having sex with prepubescent girls.

            McCabe said that, according to witness statements, Klassen gave the girls cash and gifts and even offered to pay for a thyroid operation for one girl, but that never materialized.

            He said some of the victims were offered the equivalent of $45, "which would have been like a king's ransom."

            One girl told investigators she met Klassen when she was 11 years old.

            Klassen originally faced three dozen charges in connection to allegations that spanned from 1998 to 2002, but just as his trial was about to start he pleaded guilty to 15 counts involving sex with the underage girls and one count of importing child pornography.

            The DVDs containing bestiality and child pornography were discovered by customs officers in a package of bedding that Klassen had sent to himself from abroad. Among the titles in his home-made collection were "First Timer" and "Child Abuse."

            A search of Klassen's home and storage locker revealed more child pornography including children between the ages of seven and 17, as well as homemade DVDs of the offender having sex with teens and preteens.

            Klassen, who lived in Colombia on and off for the past 20 years, employed a man named "Ricardo" who went out into the community and brought girls back to his hotel room. He also paid a woman who lived with him in Columbia to edit the videos he took of the encounters and blur his face.

            Justice Cullen said the fact he videotaped his victims reflects a callous attitude and preoccupation with his own sexual pleasure over the harm it caused to the girls.


            Sex tourism prosecution

            Klassen was charged under the rarely used sex-tourism law, which allows prosecution of someone in Canada for criminal acts in another country. Only three other Canadian men have been prosecuted under the law since it was enacted in 1997.

            Vancouver hotel employee Donald Bakker was the first in 2005. He received a 10-year sentence for 10 sexual assaults on girls between seven and 12 in Cambodia, where he videotaped the abuse.

            And in November of 2008, two Quebec aid workers pleaded guilty in a Quebec City courtroom to sexually abusing teenage boys while working at an orphanage in Haiti. Armand Huard was sentenced to three years in prison and Denis Rochefort was given two years.

            Had Klassen been prosecuted in the countries involved, McCabe said, he would have faced up to 20 years in prison with hard labour.

            A small victory

            Women's groups say Klassen's prosecution is a "small victory" for prostituted girls and women.

            "The inequalities between the rich and poor, white and non-white, men and women, and the Global North and Global South, Klassen exploited all of these inequalities and used his power and privilege, as a rich white man from the Global North, to rape girls," said Daisy Kler of Vancouver Rape Relief and Women's Shelter.

            Kler said Klassen exploited the fact the girls were destitute and came from poverty stricken countries.

            "We want men to get the message that when men buy girls and women, the criminal justice system will act swiftly and use the law to sanction this sexual violence."

            Before his sentencing, Klassen stood up and apologized, telling the judge he was "sorry for what I have done with all my heart."


            With files from The Canadian Press and CTV British Columbia's Leah Hendry

            Man wanted in sex assaults from '80s

            Last Updated: July 21, 2010 6:52pm

            Just hours after Hamilton police announced on Wednesday they were hunting Gerald Graham Garrity for sexual assaults on two women when they were children, a third victim came forward.

            Det. Helena Russell of the sexual assault unit, however, believes there are more victims who haven’t come forward because police allege the 54-year-old man preys on vulnerable young girls — particularly runaways — under 16.

            Garrity, of Hamilton, is wanted on a warrant charging him with 59 sex-related charges involving one victim, and two other counts involving a second victim.

            Russell said the suspect was in a position of authority involving one of the victims, but didn’t want to elaborate.

            Police were contacted by a woman in January who gave them allegations of abuse of when she was under 16. The woman came forward because her daughter was contacted by the suspect.

            The detective assumes that the man knew the daughter was that of his alleged victim.

            She said when that victim came forward, a second woman who knew her also came forward.

            The alleged incidents occurred between 1980 and 1981.

            Russell said the woman who contacted police Wednesday was also allegedly sexually assaulted while she was under 16. She was unable to say when those sexual assaults occurred as detectives were still gathering evidence.

            Garrity is currently charged with 15 counts of sexual assault, nine counts each of sexual interference, sexual exploitation and guardian procuring sexual activity, seven counts of invitation to sexual touching, eight counts of exposure to a person under 16, two counts of indecent assault on a female, and single counts of gross indecency and corrupting a child.

            Victims, witnesses and anyone who knows of his whereabouts are being asked to call either Russell, of the sexual assault unit, at 905-540-5544 or Det. Art Lenters, with the child abuse branch at 905-540-6253.


            Ontario offers help for male victims of sexual abuse

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            Ontario Attorney General Chris Bentley, seen here in a file photo, announced a support program for male victims of sexual abuse on Tuesday, July 20, 2010.


            The Canadian Press

            Date: Tuesday Jul. 20, 2010 5:41 PM ET

            TORONTO — Ontario men and boys who are victims of sexual abuse will soon be able to get co-ordinated help, support and counselling.

            Attorney General Chris Bentley says the province will spend $2 million over the next two years to establish four networks across Ontario, each with a lead agency to co-ordinate services for men.

            Bentley says it's the first government program to offer specialized help for male victims of sexual abuse in Canada, and won't be scrapped after two years.

            "It's a first and you know what, it's about time," he said. "We're doing what's right.

            Bentley says the four networks will provide individual counselling, group counselling, and other support for male victims of sexual abuse. The networks will also assist in training and education initiatives.

            A toll-free hotline for male victims of sexual abuse will provide crisis support.

            "They're going to be set up immediately," Bentley said of the services.

            The idea stemmed from the recommendations of a public inquiry into allegations of a sexual abuse ring operating in Cornwall, Ont.

            One of the allegations was that a clan of powerful men sexually abused boys at a cottage during strange rituals while clad in robes.

            Ontario Provincial Police spent four years investigating allegations of sexual abuse and laid 115 charges against 15 people under Project Truth. One person was convicted.

            Provincial funding had been provided for victims in Cornwall to seek counselling, but the funding ran out in January.

            Rick Goodwin of The Men's Project, a non-profit men's counselling agency based in Ottawa, calls Bentley's announcement a "historic" first step in supporting men who have been victims of sexual abuse.

            However, he says the $2 million will only go so far.

            "We would have liked to have seen more as a first step," he said. "We'll work with it. We'll do what we can with it."

            After setting up these basic services across Ontario, the focus will need to shift to addressing the issues that emerge as a result of sexual abuse, such as family violence and addiction, Goodwin says.

            "That's the next big piece that we need to do."

            Goodwin says for years, male victims of sexual violence have been left without essential support and counselling.

            "There's very few places to go to deal with the original trauma," he said.

            Bentley acknowledged that there hasn't been "the type of co-ordinated response that we should have and need for male victims."

            Young sex offenders not outcasts: Study

            Last Updated: July 20, 2010

            Adolescent sex offenders are not as socially inept and awkward as society may believe them to be, a recent study has shown.

            In fact, their social skills — such as having a knack for making friends or asking a member of the opposite sex out on a date — don’t differ that much from their non-offending peers.

            It’s more likely the offenders have some sort of atypical sexual interests, researchers found, such as sexual desires towards young children and exposing themselves in public situations.

            Knowing this, researchers say, will better allow professionals to tailor the assessments and treatments of adolescent sex offenders.

            “If you walked into a typical group treatment for adolescent sex offenders, you might notice a lot of focus on social skills, like how to approach a girl, how to deal with conflict and understanding non-verbal communication,” said Royal Ottawa psychology consultant Dr. Michael Seto, the lead author of the study What Is So Special About Male Adolescent Sexual Offending? “Our research suggests that social skills training is not what young sex offenders need most in order to be rehabilitated.”

            Seto and co-author Martin Lalumiere of the University of Lethbridge spent several years conducting a meta-analysis of 59 independent studies that compared 3,855 male sex offenders with 13,393 male non-sex offenders between the ages of 12 and 18.

            Seto said the results of the study will have an impact on treatment as offenders’ social skills may not need to be examined and improved. It would be better, Seto said, if such work focused on other factors such as atypical sexual behaviours and whether an offender was himself a victim of sexual abuse at a young age.

            “Discussing sexuality — early exposure to sex or pornography, sexual fantasies and sexual arousal — would likely get us closer to understanding why the offences were committed,” said Seto, “and prevent similar ones from being committed again.”

            The authors did find, however, adolescent sex offenders had more feelings of social isolation and withdrawal than non-sex offenders.

            “If adolescents think they cannot talk about what they are thinking or feeling, they cannot seek help and guidance,” Seto said. “Encouraging more open dialogue about sexuality between young people and their parents, teachers and health care workers would be a key element in preventing adolescents from committing sexual offences.”


            Child trafficking report a call for action: MP

            Last Updated: July 2, 2010 6:59pm

            A “long overdue” report on the domestic sex trafficking of Canadian children should attract the attention of everyone from politicians to principals, says an MP committed to stopping human trafficking.

            “They should be looking at their cities and they should be saying, ‘What are we doing about it?’ Every public safety minister, every justice minister, every immigration minister — we as a community need to join in. Every teacher, every principal, every church group, every community group needs to pay attention,” said Winnipeg MP Joy Smith, whose private member’s bill calling for mandatory minimum sentences for child traffickers received Royal Assent earlier this week. “The evidence is there and people need to stand up and say our children are not for sale here in Canada.”

            A new RCMP report obtained by the Sun this week found that countless “forgotten” children are being trafficking within and across provincial borders. Canada has no clear plan to help them.

            The report, “Hidden Abuse, Hidden Crime,” was penned by Marlene Dalley, a research officer with the Canadian Police Centre for Missing and Exploited Children.

            Despite dozens of articles chronicling domestic trafficking cases in Canada over the last few years, several people e-mailed the Toronto Sun in response to a story about the report in Friday’s paper, charging that the findings are “fictitious” and that children aren’t trafficked in Canada.

            “The youngest (human trafficking victim) I ever worked with was eight years old ... in Vancouver,” Smith said, before recalling a Winnipeg case in which a mother forced her three children — ages 10, 11 and 13 — into prostitution to support her drug addiction.

            “I think the ordinary citizen (who sees the children on the street) wouldn’t recognize what was really happening,” said the Conservative MP. “(The johns) are indiscriminate. Sometimes the younger they are, the better they like it. It’s very sick. This (Dalley’s) report is long overdue, long overdue.”

            Dalley’s report highlighted “the urgency and necessity” for national, regional and municipal plans to combat child trafficking in Canada.

            More than three years ago, a motion calling on the government to adopt a comprehensive strategy to combat human trafficking was passed by unanimous vote in the House of Commons. There is still no strategy.

            Smith said she has presented a national strategy to Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

            “When I first went to Parliament, everybody told me there was no human trafficking in Canada ... and when I first went to Status of Women, I was laughed at, it was embarrassing,” Smith said. “Nobody’s laughing at me anymore.”

            Beyond Borders president Rosalind Prober said Canadians may accept children are pimped out in their country, but they don’t make the link to trafficking because there is a misconception that trafficking always involves the movement of people.

            “A trafficked child is one that is being harboured, exploited, basically a cash cow for somebody who is using them for profit,” Prober said. “You can go to foreign countries and see this functioning. In our own country, it’s much more hidden, unless of course, you want to go onto a social marketing site (like Craigslist) and have a look.”


            Man forced children to live in 'dungeon'

            Last Updated: June 29, 2010 6:42pm


            OWEN SOUND, Ont. -- A 68-year-old Grey-Bruce man who forced his young stepchildren to live in a “dungeon” beneath the carport floor for about three years and sexually and physically abused them was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

            The shocking details of the man’s crimes between May 2004 and June 2007 were contained in a Superior Court of Justice decision released Monday, following a jury trial last winter.

            Publication bans shield the man from being publicly identified or references made to other details because doing so would identify the victims. 

            “For three horrendous years, these children existed in an environment of abuse, the reality of which is hard to grasp,” Thompson wrote.

            “They were literally isolated from society, unable, not from location but from fear, to seek help.”

            The children’s mother, when told by her daughter of the stepfather’s abuse, “rejected” the complaints and said “everything was going to be all right and then asked her if she could get over it.”

            The mother pleaded guilty June 18 before another judge to two counts of assault with a weapon, a nylon strap, on two of her children, between Sept. 1, 2004 and June 25, 2007. She received a six-month conditional sentence and 18 months probation.

            Terms include non-association with the children, unless approved by the Children’s Aid Society, in whose care they reside. Her sentence took into account her lack of a record and significant health issues, assistant Crown attorney Peter Leger said.

            The stepfather, who was never charged criminally with keeping these children in wretched conditions, punished the girl when he learned she had complained to her mother about the treatment she and her brothers were enduring.

            The judge said the circumstances were only discovered when a home-schooling “bureaucrat noticed a glitch in her paperwork and sent someone out to correct the paper trail.” 

            The family’s “main” home was “relatively modern,” with plumbing, a TV sound system and computer. It was “neat and tidy and tastefully decorated.”

            But the children’s living quarters “abruptly changed” in October/November 2004. They were moved, for reasons unclear in the judge’s reasons, to a concrete-walled basement containing two rooms beneath the carport floor. It was “dungeon like,” Thompson wrote.

            The concrete rooms weren’t fed by furnace heating ducts. The only heat radiated from the sides of the basement furnace. There was no running water and so the children drank from an outside tap which had to be thawed in winter.

            The children were forced to use an outhouse in all seasons.

            They only entered the locked main house doors with permission. They were allowed to shower there once or twice monthly and then had to return to their quarters, the judge wrote.

            The offender was found guilty of repeated sexual assault, sexually touching while in a position of trust and physically assaulting his stepdaughter while she was between the ages of 14 and 17 years.

            “For two and three-quarter years he forced his stepdaughter to have sexual intercourse with him at least a couple of times per week,” in addition to other sex acts. “She did so unwillingly.”

            Thompson said that girl is “psychologically doomed to an abnormal existence,” being left “incapable of any normal relationship with a male.”

            The offender struck each of his stepsons with a whip, rubber hose or a leather harness repeatedly between September 2004 and June 2007.

            One boy was between 10 and 13 years, another was seven to 10 years old and the third was between five and eight years old.

            The offender was found guilty of physically assaulting each stepson with a weapon and separately with physically assaulting two of his stepsons.

            Often the assaults were punishment “for their perceived inadequate performance of their chores,” Thompson wrote. The offender “brutally” assaulted them also because he thought they “disregarded his sense of orderly conduct within his household.”

            Their welts healed but they carry mental scars, the judge wrote. “It appears that the boys will bounce back to some semblance of normalcy,” Thompson wrote.

            The children’s home schooling, which began several years ago, didn’t last long. Instead they were put to work around the farm.

            “These children performed chores on the farm and tended the garden for most of the day. They mucked the barn, gathered wood, tended to the animals and worked in the garden. They sold vegetables at the farm gate. They worked long and hard all day long,” Thompson’s reasons say.

            “There were no entertainment facilities in the basement. The children had only each other to entertain themselves. No friends were allowed on the property nor were they permitted to visit anyone.”

            From the fall of 2004 to March 2007 the children lived and ate in their subterrainian rooms. In March 2007 they were permitted to eat in the main house.

            They were “often hungry” and were punished for stealing apples or from the vegetable garden they tended. They were told raw vegetables were poisonous, Thompson said. Freezers in the carport had locks welded on.

            Though charges related to a period starting in 2004, Thompson said abuse began in 2003.

            Thompson said “society’s repugnance and indignation” of (the offender’s) treatment of his stepchildren should be the primary focus of sentencing.

            The offender is “unrepentant” and “denies any wrongdoing towards his stepchildren, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary.”

            Thompson wrote that these “offences against humanity are such that” he exercised his authority to delay any possibility of parole being granted until five years are served behind bars.

            Thompson also banned the stepfather from possessing firearms, prohibitted and restricted weapons for 10 years and ordered him to provide a sample of his DNA. He had no prior criminal convictions.

            The offender’s name will be added to the National Sex Offender Registry.

            Defence lawyer Colin Adams said in a brief interview that no decision has been made concerning any possible appeal.

            Teen sent naked photos to 'agent': Police

            Last Updated: June 30, 2010 8:56p

            EDMONTON — An Alberta man has been charged after allegedly befriended a teen girl online and getting her to send naked photos of herself to him.

            Police say a 36-year-old Fort McMurray man spent nearly a year convincing a 15-year-old Halifax girl he was a female modelling agent. Trusting her new Facebook friend, she began sending the so-called agent naked pictures of herself, until police stepped in.

            "This person went through a lot of trouble and time to gain her trust," said Sgt. Patrick Waldorf, with the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team's northern ICE unit.

            The man even sent his victim money, Waldorf said.

            The disturbing case started to unravel last June, when a man began an online relationship with a Halifax teen by claiming to be a female modelling agent.

            It wasn't long before the man began convincing the girl to submit naked pictures and webcam images of herself, police said.

            In return, the man allegedly persuaded the victim to watch videos of him engaged in sexual acts.

            He was busted when the victim's parents became suspicious and called Halifax police.

            The Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team's ICE unit soon swept in to lay charges.

            Waldorf said the case was a good reminder for parents to keep a close eye on their kids' online activities.

            "The communication line between parents and kids is just so important," he said.

            Especially, he said, since police have recorded a spike in child luring cases in recent years.

            Social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter have contributed to the problem, Waldorf said.

            Ryan Davison, 36, is charged with one count of child luring, possession of child pornography, and accessing child pornography, as well as two counts of indecent acts.

            He is scheduled to make his first court appearance July 12.


            Jail sought for teacher who pleaded guilty to sexual assault

            Last Updated: June 28, 2010 8:51pm

            LONDON — It was a crime the defence characterized as a "stumble" that led to a fall.

            The assistant Crown attorney called it an inexcusable breach of trust.

            A conversation that award-winning London teacher Greg Stewart, 55, overheard one of his Grade 8 pupils have started a two-month process that led him to touching the 14-year-old's breast in a classroom and pleading guilty to sexual assault.

            Stewart, who worked for 29 "unblemished" years at Orchard Park public school, pulled his 14-year-old pupil aside in late January 2009 and told her he'd overheard her talking about masturbation.

            He advised her how to touch herself in the shower, and told her to masturbate at 11 p.m. so he could do so at the same time at his own home.

            The next day, he asked her if she'd done her "homework."

            Stewart, originally charged with invitation to sexual touching, sexual interference and sexual assault, pled guilty to sexual assault.

            His sentencing hearing began in a London court Monday.

            His victim delivered a victim impact statement that detailed a loss of self worth, a loss of friends and hardship on her family.

            "I felt like I don't belong anywhere. My friends rejected me and my parents thought of me differently," the girl, whose identity is protected by a publication ban, told Justice John Skowronski.

            "I was scared of going into Grade 9. I was bullied. People wrote terrible things about me on Facebook and carved things onto my locker. I didn't do anything wrong . . . Even my teachers gave me the cold shoulder."

            Her grades dropped, she became depressed and her relationship with family members became strained.

            Because Stewart was such a popular teacher and coach at Orchard Park, many didn't believe the charges against him, assistant Crown attorney Karen Bellehumeur told the court.

            The well-liked teacher won a Prime Minister's Award for teaching excellence in 1993. Stewart's family, friends and colleagues wrote letters about his character and career to support a submission by his lawyer, Patrice Band, that he shouldn't get any jail time.

            "Mr. Stewart stumbled and fell from a position of authority," Band said.

            For two months, Stewart would take the girl aside and ask her about masturbation, tell her to "Google" it and told her about ways to touch herself.

            On March 24, he "stumbled and fell" when he touched the victim on the breast while in a classroom with her and another pupil.

            He slid his hand down the side of her body to her hip and thigh, and immediately removed it when the girl poked her friend to show her what was going on.

            Later that day, he took the victim aside and apologized.

            "Sorry about this morning," he told the girl.

            "That's kind of weird. I'm a 14-year-old. That's wrong," she replied.

            "I know. Can I do it again?" Stewart said. "Please?"

            He continued to talk to her about masturbation, according to an agreed statement of facts, and told her to use a banana or candle as a sexual aid. The next day, the girl told another teacher what had gone on.

            The teacher confronted Stewart, who asked to apologize to his victim.

            "I'm sorry. I didn't know I was making you uncomfortable. I've had a good career here, I don't want it to end now," the girl said Stewart told her.

            "I sat there and looked down and said I'd think about it," she told police.

            Stewart was arrested that night.

            About 15 supporters of Stewart, who turns 56 Wednesday, sat in the courtroom. Among them were his mother.

            While in detention before his bail hearing, Stewart was punched repeatedly by a man who was eventually convicted o assaulting him.

            "He's scared about what happened in cells. He's a broken man. He was previously gregarious and fun-loving ," Band said.

            Stewart's detention before his bail hearing was "punishment paid up front, but it's punishment nonetheless," his lawyer said.

            Stewart read a statement before the court, in which he apologized to the girl and her family and said he felt guilt and embarrassment.

            "I am shamed and remorseful that this happened," he said. "It continues to be difficult to bear the burden of shame."

            The impact of the assault in courthouse cells continues to haunt and "terrify" him, Stewart said, and he can't sleep.

            Skowronski addressed the fact that the girl felt ostracized by teachers and peers.

            "Fingers of blame should not be pointed at the complainant, either by immature high school students and least of all by adults. If there's someone who thinks that there's a set-up here, they're not dealing in the same reality as I am," Stewart said.

            The Crown is asking for nine to 12 months in jail. Skowronski will deliver his verdict Friday.

            Cornwall pedophile inquiry cost $50 million

            Last Updated: June 17, 2010 9:31am

            TORONTO -- The Cornwall Public Inquiry, a five-year look at the allegations of child sexual abuse and rumours of a pedophile ring in Cornwall, Ont., came with a $50-million price tag.

            CBC reports the inquiry, which was established in 2005 to examine public institutions' response to the allegations in Cornwall, spent $50.2 million by March 15, 2010. The inquiry released its final report in December.

            About 60% of the costs went to legal fees for parties at the inquiry, including accused pedophiles, sexual abuse victims and the local Catholic diocese.

            In the 1990s, reports of alleged sexual abuse of a former altar boy by a Catholic priest and a probation officer led to a larger-scale investigation by the Ontario Provincial Police.

            At least 69 alleged victims came forward. Fifteen men were charged, although only one was convicted. Rumours of a pedophile ring in Cornwall swirled and some people complained about the investigation.

            Inquiry commissioner Normand Glaude provided a series of recommendations to the province on how to respond in similar circumstances and how to support healing and reconciliation in the future.

            Man admits to sex with daughter, her friend

            Last Updated: June 12, 2010 5:51am

            A Morinville man has admitted having sex with his daughter and her friend — and forcing the teen friend to continue by threatening to send sex videos of them to her family.

            The 39-year-old man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of his daughter, pleaded guilty Friday in Court of Queen's Bench to sexual assault, sexual interference with a person under 14, extortion, possession of child pornography and distribution of child pornography.

            According to a statement of agreed facts, the man began sexually abusing his daughter, now 18, when she was nine years old and the abuse continued for five years.

            The girl also told her mother about the sexual abuse and, although she cried upon learning of it, nothing was done.

            The statement says the man sexually assaulted the daughter's friend, who is now nearly 17, for a three-year period and the assaults included at least 100 acts of intercourse.

            In October 2008, he forced her to come to his house, saying she had to or he would break her boyfriend's jaw. They then had sex and he videotaped it.

            Later in the same month, he used the same threat to force her to have sex with him and again videotaped it.

            According to the agreed facts, the man also sent the girl text messages threatening to send video clips of their sexual activity to her friends and family.

            In November 2008, the girls went to the Morinville RCMP detachment and tearfully reported what had happened.

            The next day, police raided the man's home and seized his BlackBerry, on which was found three videos of the man and his daughter's friend having sex.

            He was arrested and admitted the videos on his BlackBerry showed him and the teen having sex and also admitted making threats against her boyfriend.

            A sentencing hearing for the man, who is free on bail, is scheduled for June 25.

            Child porn isn't art, Court of Appeal rules

            Last Updated: June 9, 2010

              A Toronto photographer who was acquitted of possession of “repulsive” child pornography he amassed as part of an art project was ordered convicted by Ontario’s highest court.

              Madam Justice Louise Botham acquitted Robert Katigbak in 2008 after she accepted the 32-year-old’s version that he spent seven years gathering images of children being sexually assaulted.

              In an unanimous judgment released Tuesday, the Ontario Court of Appeal quashed that acquittal and replaced it with a conviction for possession of 628 images and 30 video clips of children and babies being sexually assaulted.

              Police seized 567 unique images of “real children and real abuse. . .with images of adults, both male and female, engaging in (sexual) activities with children,” the judgment stated.

              The judgment by Mr. Justice Robert Blair, Mr. Justice Michael Moldaver and Madam Justice Janet Simmons pointed out that Katigbak told investigators he had been collecting the child porn images for seven years to create his gallery exhibit.

              Images of penetration of babies were displayed, the court noted.

              “They (pornographic images) are repulsive in the extreme to anyone who cares about children and the protection of children,” the judgment stated.

              The appeal court judges sharply criticized Madam Justice Botham, of the Ontario Court of Justice, for mistakenly accepting his defence of artistic merit and freedom of expression.

              Few people accused of possessing child pornography will evade convictions by using artistic merit as a shield, the court warned in its judgment. The judges noted Canada’s child pornography laws are among the toughest in the world.

              Botham “paid scant attention to society’s interests in ensuring the protection of children from sexual exploitation and abuse,” the judgment stated. Botham never considered the psychological trauma the children depicted in the images suffered.

              “Trial judges must take a hard look at the facts when the ‘legitimate purpose’ defence is put forward,” the judgment stated. “Duelling and important societal interests are at stake. (But) the freedom of expression is not absolute.”

              The court concurred with Crown counsel Christine Bartlett-Hughes that Katigbak wasn’t an artist fashioning an ambitious project prompting viewers to abhor sexual violence against children. He was simply a relentless child-porn fan when he was arrested at his home and his computer was seized and searched on April 19, 2006.

              Katigbak, a psychology graduate, worked at Japan Camera for several years and Pentax Canada before he was laid off.

              His goal was to “present the issue of child exploitation and pornography from the perspective of the exploited child,” the judges said. “Collecting child pornography, he said, would allow him to determine what kind of child pornography ‘was out there’ and to explore his own emotional response to viewing the material.”

              His collection never qualified for the artistic merit defence, and anyone could see his “expressed purpose or intention was unreasonable,” the judges said.

              Sentencing is to be scheduled.

              Calgary trucker held in U.S. for sex luring

              Last Updated: June 5, 2010 7:02am

              CALGARY - Oregon cops have charged a Calgary long-haul trucker with allegedly trying to lure a 13-year-old girl with suggestive text messages.

              Newport police were contacted by the mother of a young girl in the coastal U.S. city on Wednesday after discovering her daughter had been receiving sexually charged text messages on her cellphone from a stranger.

              The messages suggested the sender would be meeting her at the Rodeway Inn the next day to have sex, prompting investigators to launch a sting operation, posing as the 13-year-old via text message to spring the trap.

              On Thursday morning, police contacted the man with the girl's cellphone, confirming through the device he knew the age of the girl as well as his identity, 39-year-old Beeja Ram of Calgary.

              "We wrote in a couple of our texts and restated the age," Det. Ken Real of the Newport County Police Department told CTV News.

              "He acknowledged he knew she was 13 and requested sexual favours."

              Ram had parked his semi-tractor trailer and taken a cab to the motel, but when he went inside to meet the girl, he instead was greeted by cops who arrested him without incident.

              Cops said Ram had been in Newport several times over the last year and in early May had met the victim and her friend.

              After getting the girl's cellphone number, police allege he began contacting her with sexually suggestive text messages, which ultimately culminated in the suggestion they meet for sex.

              Ram, who is now in Lincoln County Jail, has been charged with online sexual corruption of a child, sex abuse and coercion and his bail has been set at US$165,000.


              One Of The Accused In Tori Stafford’s Murder Will Go Straight To Trial

              2010/06/03 | CityNews.ca Staff

              One of Victoria Stafford's accused killers will head straight to trial after the Crown made the decision to forgo a preliminary hearing.

              Michael Rafferty, 29, is charged with first-degree murder and kidnapping. His hearing was slated to start June 21, but the Ministry of the Attorney General decided to skip the process, probably because it believes it has a good prospect of conviction.

              The decision to go forward with a direct indictment may also be fuelled by circumstances that require a case go to trial as soon as possible, according to a spokesman from the ministry. The purpose of a preliminary hearing is to determine whether or not there is enough evidence to proceed to trial.

              Rafferty’s lawyer, Dirk Derstine, was disappointed with the decision, which he claims won’t save any time. It’s not known yet when Rafferty will return to court, but Derstine believes the trial will begin some time in 2011.

              Rafferty and co-accused Terri-Lynne McClintic, 20, were arrested more than a month after the eight-year-old Woodstock girl disappeared April 8, 2009. The child’s remains were discovered July 21, 2009 in a field north of Guelph.

              Few details of McClintic’s case have been released due to a broad publication

              Ban in Tori Stafford case extended, judge cites miscarriage of justice concerns

              The Canadian Press

              Terri-Lynne McClintic, 18, is shown in this undated photo taken from the social networking site 'Facebook.' (Facebook / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

              WOODSTOCK, Ont. — A controversial publication ban in the case of a woman charged in the death of eight-year-old Tori Stafford -- branded a gag order by critics -- was extended Wednesday.

              The sweeping ban raised hackles across the country when it was brought in April 30, with front-page newspaper editorials lambasting it as going too far. Experts in media law called the extent of the ban unusual and one that would simply fuel rampant speculation.

              Justice Dougald McDermid heard arguments to vary the ban Tuesday and delivered his order and reasons in open court Wednesday.

              Immediately afterward counsel told the court it would seek to appeal the order to the Supreme Court of Canada, and as a result McDermid extended the sweeping ban.

              As he did on April 30, McDermid issued a hand-written order of what information was publishable, which gave some indication as to why he granted the extension.

              "To fail to grant the stay... would render moot the issue of whether the order is correct in law and therefore has the potential to result in miscarriage of justice," he wrote.

              When Tori, clad in her Hannah Montana jacket, failed to return home from school on April 8, 2009 it set off a desperate search that touched hearts countrywide.

              Terri-Lynne McClintic, 19, and Michael Rafferty, 29, were arrested the following month and charged with first-degree murder and kidnapping.

              Tori's remains were not found until more than three months after her disappearance, some 100 kilometres away in a field north of Guelph.

              McClintic was scheduled to appear in court April 30 but the temporary publication ban prohibited the media from providing any further information until further order of the court.

              The original ban was roundly condemned by the country's largest newspapers.

              "Gagged" read the bold headline on the front page of the Toronto Star.

              "This ban goes too far" argued an editorial in the Globe and Mail.

              McDermid wrote that the current ban is extended until the appeal has been dealt with, or until further order of the court.

              Tori's father, Rodney Stafford, said outside court he didn't know if he was in favour of the publication ban because he could see all sides.

              "I see the media side, but I also see my side, which is Victoria's side and Victoria's rights," Stafford said.

              "She's never going to be able to express her rights."

              Stafford said the past year has been traumatic, but he is intent on moving forward.

              "I keep telling everybody, you know, granted, yeah, there's a dark, heinous cloud over our heads, (but) follow me out," he said. "We can't change what happened."

              Ontario Opposition justice critic Ted Chudleigh said Wednesday sweeping publication bans go against the openness of Canadian society, but added the "administration of justice is a very fragile thing."

              "We have to trust judges' opinions in this matter," he added. "We can only judge the judge after the ban is lifted and find out about the administration of justice."

              Premier Dalton McGuinty, responding to criticism of the ban, has said he's confident the facts in the first-degree murder proceedings would eventually come out.

              Rafferty's preliminary hearing is slated to begin June 21.

              The hearing, which allows a judge to weigh the evidence and decide if the case can move forward to trial, is expected to last about four weeks.

              Stafford and his 12-year-old son Daryn leave next month on a bike ride to fundraise money for Child Find Ontario. Last year Stafford rode from Woodstock to Edmonton.

              This year he and his son are riding on a tandem bike from Edmonton to Woodstock on a journey they're calling Kilometres for Kids 2: A Sibling's Story.

              Pardoned sex offender found living in Mexico

              Former junior hockey coach has no apology for his victims, even as fresh allegations surface

              Published On Thu May 13 2010

              Sex offender and former hockey coach Graham James is living in Mexico, apparently unremorseful for his crimes.

              James, tracked down by the CBC, had nothing to say about his controversial 2007 pardon, which shocked the country when it recently came to light and caused the Canadian government to introduce a new bill aimed at toughening rules on pardons. Nor did he have anything to say about fresh allegations of sex abuse from former NHL star Theoren Fleury.

              “Not a chance,” James told the CBC when asked for an interview while walking in the city of Guadalajara where he rents a furnished apartment in a gated community. It's believed he works for an Internet company based in Montreal.

              When offered a chance to explain why he deserved a pardon, James — appeared thinner, greyer and holding his head down so a baseball cap covered his face — continued to walk the street, saying only: “I've got a job, I'm working and I've got to get my laundry done.”

              When given a chance to apologize, or express remorse, he said simply: “I have no comment, I don't mean to be rude.”

              Asked if would be willing to return to Canada to face fresh charges, he said he had a lawyer in Winnipeg.

              James pleaded guilty in 1997 to sexually abusing former NHL player Sheldon Kennedy, a teammate of Fleury in junior hockey, and another unnamed young man on 350 occasions. Fleury filed a criminal complaint with Winnipeg police in January, accusing James of sexually assaulting him for years, starting at age 14.

              That prompted at least three others to come forward, but so far no new charges have been laid.

              Fleury, whose allegations were noted in his recent book, estimated he was abused about 350 times and wouldn't be able to forgive James if he asked.

              “No, that's on a different level,” Fleury told CBC. “I don't think there's any love in that man's vocabulary. He doesn't think like normal people think.”

              In a phone interview with the Star, Fleury said he had been anxious about seeing James' face again. “Now that I'm able to watch it, I'm relieved. This is just another stepping stone in the process of my own personal recovery. I didn't see the same guy I used to know. He's old. He was pretty much speechless, and that's not the guy I remember.”

              James' presence on TV Wednesday night irked another alleged victim, who was granted anonymity in an interview with The Canadian Press.

              “For a guy who has been in hiding for 10 years, and then for the first time is approached by reporters, he is photographed with a smile on his face,” said the man. “He didn't run. He didn't put his hands up to cover his face. He didn't do what so many of those cornered by investigative journalists do.

              “He smiled, and he engaged. We can't begin to understand this calm reaction, because he is not like the rest of us — he's a psychopath.”

              James did tell the reporter who confronted him that he was “surprised” to have been found. “Not that I'm hiding.”

              Mexico doesn't have a registry for sex offenders, and because of the Canadian pardon, there is no official means for Mexican authorities to learn of James's criminal history.

              That means he can live in Mexico as if he had no criminal past, even though police in Winnipeg are investigating Fleury's allegations. Fleury was a 14-year-old from the small town of Russell, Man., when he was recruited by James to play for his Winnipeg junior team.

              Kennedy learned on Easter Sunday that his abuser had been pardoned three years ago. He calls it “a slap in the face.”

              But he welcomed a recent government move.

              Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government says it is cracking down on criminal pardons because some actions should “never” be eligible.

              Under a bill tabled by Public Safety Minister Vic Toews, any person convicted of a sexual crime against a minor, or of more than three serious “indictable” offences, would be permanently barred from applying for a criminal pardon.

              All other offenders seeking a pardon, which would be renamed a “record suspension,” would have to wait five to 10 years after serving a sentence before applying — up from three to five years, depending on the severity of the offence

              Suspect and child in custody after morning attack

              Mother in critical condition after being ambushed in parking lot

              Published On Thu Apr 15 2010
              Jesse McLean Staff Reporter


              The attacker was waiting for the woman in the parking lot, a weapon in his hand.

              As the woman and her 2 1/2-year-old son neared their vehicle, he approached them, bludgeoning the woman in the head before snatching the child and fleeing in a black pickup truck, police said.

              “This lady was ambushed in the parking lot,” said Supt. Ron Taverner. “It was very vicious. Very brutal.”

              The 31-year-old mother suffered life-threatening injuries in the 8 a.m. attack outside her Richgrove Dr. apartment building, near Martin Grove Rd. and Eglinton Ave. W. She is clinging to life at Sunnybrook hospital, where she underwent surgery.

              About half an hour after the attack, a 35-year-old Brampton man turned himself in to Peel police and surrendered the child. The man, whose name hasn’t been released, is charged with attempted murder, abduction, assault with a weapon and a weapons charge.

              The two have familial ties, Taverner said, but he could not confirm earlier reports that the man was the child’s father.

              “There is some family turmoil going on, but that’s all I can say right now,” he said.

              Investigators are still searching for the weapon, and initially believed the woman had been hit with a hammer.

              Police cordoned off the building’s large parking lot Thursday morning while forensics officers sifted through evidence.

              The woman collapsed beside a white Mitsubishi SUV, which had blood splattered across it. There was also a large blood stain on the pavement.

              Investigators say the SUV didn’t belong to the mother, and suggested she might have been trying to run away when she was hit.

              “From the amount of blood, it doesn’t look good,” said an officer at the scene.

              A pair of sunglasses and a backpack also lay nearby.

              During the emergency run to hospital, the ambulance pulled over on the side of Hwy. 401 and a police officer climbed into the driver’s seat to allow both paramedics to work on the patient, Taverner said.

              The victim’s seventh floor apartment was silent, and her neighbours knew little about her beyond being polite in the hallway.

              “She’s a good woman,” said Perveen Akhtar, who said the woman would always greet her when they bumped into one another in the elevator.

              Saleem Akhtar said a man used to live with the woman in the apartment but he hasn’t seen him for several months.

              Residents said the woman had moved in to the building sometime in the last year.

              The lowrise apartment has a security camera positioned where the attack occurred, and investigators will review the surveillance footage.

              Anyone with information about the attack is asked to call Toronto police at 416-808-2300.

              With files from Carmen Chai

              Accused bishop facing new allegations in N.L.

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              Reverend Raymond Lahey makes his way into the courthouse in Ottawa on Friday, Oct. 9, 2009. (Adrian Wyld / THE CANADIAN PRESS)


              The Canadian Press

              Date: Friday Apr. 9, 2010 6:49 AM ET

              ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — A bishop facing child pornography charges in Ontario is accused in a lawsuit of sexually assaulting a young boy who lived at the notorious Mount Cashel orphanage in St. John's, N.L.

              A statement of claim filed Wednesday in the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador accuses Raymond Lahey of simulated anal intercourse and fondling between 1982 and 1985.

              The civil lawsuit alleges the plaintiff first met Lahey in 1982 when he served as a Roman Catholic pastoral priest at the orphanage.

              Over the next four years, Lahey "frequently took the plaintiff on outings in and around the city of St. John's," says the statement of claim. Those trips "included, but were not limited to, fishing and the like," it says.

              None of the allegations made in the statement of claim has been proven in court. Statements of defence have not been filed with the court.

              A lawyer representing Lahey on the child pornography charges in Ottawa declined comment. A spokesman for the Catholic Archdiocese of St. John's, which is also named in the lawsuit, could not be reached for comment.

              The Mount Cashel orphanage was closed in 1990 amid a harrowing scandal of sexual abuse by Christian Brothers. Lahey was never charged in connection with Mount Cashel.

              Lahey wasn't at the centre of allegations surrounding Mount Cashel at the time, but his name was associated with Mount Cashel in media reports last year when a Newfoundland man alleged he found pornographic images in Lahey's house in the mid-1980s.

              Shane Earle alleged in an interview in October that he made a routine visit to Lahey's house in Mount Pearl when the priest wasn't home and discovered a stack of magazines of sexually aroused teen boys and explicit videos in his bedroom. Earle also testified at a public inquiry into abuse at Mount Cashel in October 1989 that he saw something disturbing in Lahey's home as a teenager in 1985.

              When Earle made his allegation in October, the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary said it could not find a record of it. There have been no charges in connection with the allegation.

              Lahey resigned as head of the Catholic diocese of Antigonish in Nova Scotia after he was charged in September with possessing and importing child pornography after border agents examined his laptop at the Ottawa airport.

              Lahey and the Catholic Archdiocese of St. John's are named as defendants in the suit, which seeks damages for pain, mental suffering, humiliation and loss of enjoyment of life.

              The claim accuses the archdiocese and a former archbishop of negligence and "failure to protect the plaintiff from (Lahey), having been aware that the plaintiff, as a young boy, was vulnerable to the attentions and influence of (Lahey)."

              The plaintiff asserts that the archdiocese "knew, or ought to have known" about the alleged sexual misconduct.

              He also accuses them of "failure to properly supervise and to give proper guidance, direction, and control to their employee" and "failure to take proper and reasonable steps to ensure that its priests were adequately screened prior to being placed in positions where they would be left alone with children and young persons."

              Lahey is a native of Newfoundland and Labrador who once served as a professor of theology at Memorial University in St. John's.

              Lahey was in the news last August when he announced the settlement of a class-action lawsuit aimed at compensating anyone who was allegedly and known to have been sexually assaulted by a priest of the Catholic Episcopal Corp. of Antigonish since Jan. 1, 1950.

              Lahey is to stand trial on the child pornography charges in Ottawa next April.

              Emotions high as accused child killer in court

              Last Updated: March 31, 2010

              OSHAWA — Emotions were running high when a 26-year-old man accused of killing two-year-old Keagan Davis was brought into a courtroom for the first time courtroom since his arrest nearly three months ago.

              Michael Monckton’s parents and siblings were in court hoping he’d get bail, despite the fact he faces a second-degree murder charge in the death of his girlfriend’s son.

              Several of his family members burst into tears upon learning the bail hearing was to be put over to a later date. And they were still weeping as the sullen, withdrawn-looking Monckton was led from the prisoner’s box.

              “Hey Mike,” one man, believed to be his father, shouted as the accused was leaving the courtroom heading back to his jail cell in Lindsay. “We love you buddy!”

              Monckton has appeared in court numerous times via video since his arrest.

              The dead boy’s mother, Leigh-Ann Cooper, and father, Dan Davis, were also in court, each surrounded by their supporters.

              Davis, 29, glared at the man blamed in his child’s death by Durham homicide detectives. He was visibly upset as he left the courthouse with his girlfriend.

              Police have released few details about their investigation.

              Keagan was at home in his mom’s basement apartment when he died Jan. 5. Monckton, who was caring for the child that day, was taken into custody three days later and charged with second-degree murder. He has been locked away in isolation ever since.

              Monckton’s family has told The Sun that he maintains he has done nothing wrong. Keagan’s mom has said she has no reason to believe Monckton hurt her child.

              Cooper endured an onslaught of verbal attacks after announcing in a Sun story in February that she was standing by her man.

              She chose not to comment Wednesday, on the advice of her lawyer.

              The next court date has not yet been decided.


              B.C. man charged with child luring

              Last Updated: April 1, 2010 3:52pm

              A 26-year-old Nanaimo, B.C., man is facing a child luring charge after he allegedly tried to gain the trust of a young girl in order to get sexual favours from her.

              The RCMP say officers seized several computers and hard drives from the man's home Wednesday night. He was taken into custody but released Thursday after promising to appear in court in July. He's not allowed to be in the company of anyone under the age of 16 unless they're accompanied by another adult.

              The age of the girl hasn't been released.

              Police say they're recommending the man be charged with one count of child luring, but said additional charges of possession of child pornography are possible.

              Grooming is when someone forms a connection with a minor for the purposes of having sex.

              “It is not a new phenomenon and takes place in almost any public meeting area," said Const. Gary O’Brien of the Naniamo RCMP. "Food courts in local malls, smoke pits outside high schools, public facilities frequented by teenagers and, of course, online, utilizing popular social networking sites.

              "Parents need to monitor their child’s Internet usage and find out who they are spending time with."

              Toronto-area child porn probe goes global: 73 suspects in 20 countries

              The Canadian Press

              BRAMPTON, Ont. — A Toronto-area child-pornography arrest has led to a sweeping investigation uncovering 73 suspects in 20 countries, police said Tuesday.

              The investigation began last November with the arrest of a 29-year-old man in Brampton, Ont., on child-pornography and sexual-assault charges, police said.

              That probe went global, culminating in police gathering evidence against the 73 suspects.

              This kind of offence knows no bounds in the Internet age, police said.

              "While the Internet has evolved and shown its potential to assist society is endless . . . we need to remember that there are people out there whose use of the Internet will destroy the lives of our children and their families," said Peel Region Staff Supt. John Nielsen.

              Insp. Bob Strain said offenders are using increasingly sophisticated technology.

              The complexity increases the work for police forces to keep up, which Strain said, emphasizes the need for projects like this one, involving multiple police forces.

              "The victimization of a child has a lifetime effect on their lives, their loved ones and the community at large," he said

              Police said the evidence will be shared with police forces around the world.

              Two files caused immediate concern for the safety of children and led to two arrests, one in Maine and one in Britain, Strain said.

              Provincial police Det.-Staff Sgt. Frank Goldschmidt said the investigation is proof of how pervasive child pornography is in Ontario and across the world.

              U.S. man believed planning to buy child arrested in northern Ontario

              The Canadian Press

              Canadian authorities are expected to decide Wednesday whether a fugitive from Georgia, who was on an alleged quest to buy a child over the Internet, will be deported to the United States.

              Police in Thunder Bay, Ont., arrested Patrick Molesti, 56, of Woodstock, Ga., on Friday night at the Greyhound Bus terminal after the Canada Border Services Agency issued an immigration warrant.

              U.S. police have been looking for Molesti, a French national, for almost two weeks.

              He was reportedly on a bus heading to Montreal from Calgary and arrested during a refuelling stop.

              Molesti is facing several charges, including sexual exploitation of children, after U.S. police allegedly found child porn on his computer.

              Police allege he may also have been trying to purchase a five-year-old boy online.

              Thunder Bay police spokesman Chris Adams said police were contacted by the Canada Border Services Agency to arrest Molesti on an immigration warrant.

              Molesti is in custody in a Thunder Bay jail.

              Peel police to detail child porn investigation

              Last Updated: March 29, 2010 6:17pm

              Peel Regional Police are poised to reveal details Tuesday of a four-month undercover child pornography investigation which the force says identified 73 suspects in 20 countries.

              The probe was launched after the arrest last Nov. 17 of a 29-year-old Brampton man outside his home on a series of child pornography and sexual assault charges.

              His case, which involved undercover police in Peel and the Alberta Integrated Child Exploitation Unit, remains before the court, and is the subject of a publication ban.

              Police at the time alleged there was a 4-year-old victim in that case. Names were not released to protect the youngster’s identity.

              The accused man is charged with possession of child pornography, making child pornography available to others, manufacturing child porn, sexual assault on a minor under 16, plus sexual interference.

              A press conference is scheduled for Tuesday, during which details of the Internet Child Exploitation Unit’s followup investigation, dubbed “Project Unity,” are to be unveiled.

              Police said evidence gathered against the 73 suspects “will be shared with our partner law-enforcement agencies world-wide and has already led to some arrests.”


              35 people from all across Ontario face 122 charges in child porn bust

              Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press

              In this file photo, OPP Commissioner Julian Fantino speaks to the media regarding his 40-years of service  in law enforcement in Orillia, Ont., on Friday, Feb. 13, 2009. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)

              TORONTO — A co-ordinated investigation into child pornography in Ontario resulted in charges against 35 people across the province, police announced Wednesday.

              Two child victims, one in the province, the other outside Canada, were "rescued," police said, although they refused to provide details.

              "This is a crime that, to me, is one of the most heinous one human being can commit against another," said Ontario Police Commissioner Julian Fantino.

              "(Police) will stop at nothing to hunt down child predators."

              The charges follow weeks of legwork involving 18 police services that are part of a provincewide initiative to combat child pornography.

              In all, 44 search warrants were executed, leading to 122 child-porn and other charges.

              Police said the individuals charged were not part of any ring.

              As representatives from more than a dozen police services across the province looked on, Fantino decried a justice system he said was too soft on child pornographers.

              In particular, he lashed out at the maximum 10-year sentence.

              "You can't in good conscience call that adequate punishment for such a brutal crime," Fantino said.

              Kid's Internet Safety Alliance, an organization that helps child victims of abuse, applauded the bust.

              At the same time, the group called the arrests "a drop in the bucket" of child-porn.

              "The traffic in images of abuse is an international problem involving over a million pictures of more than 50,000 different children from around the world," the alliance said in a statement.

              "Only about 1,300 of these children have been rescued."

              Police said those charged were arrested in recent days, with two arrests still to come.

              One accused had more than six-million images stored on his computer.

              Staff-Sgt. Frank Goldschmidt said it was not "uncommon" for individuals to have that many images.

              "The images are horrific. The only thing worse is when the images involve movies and there's sound attached to them," he said.

              "We see victims that are from infant stage to 18 years of age."

              Five youths were among those charged.

              All those charged, described as coming from all walks of life and ranging in age from teens to one man in his 60s, appeared to have no prior arrests for child porn.

              The accused, from places such as Ottawa, Sudbury, Toronto, London and Collingwood, face charges including sexual assault and making, possessing and distributing child pornography.

              Firearms and drug-related charges were also laid against some of the individuals.


              The serial killer they couldn't cure dies behind bars

              Peter Woodcock killed three Toronto children in the '50s. On a day pass in 1991, he killed again

              Published On Tue Mar 9 2010

              The last time he killed someone, Peter Woodcock was nearly blind and could barely hear. When he first started, as a teenager, he favoured children – three in Toronto in the space of four months – but later engineered a man's slaying that shook the embattled Ontario forensic psychiatry system.

              Woodcock, a small, pudgy man with tiny hands, weak arms, an extremely vivid fantasy life and a talent for manipulation, died Friday – his 71st birthday – at the Oak Ridge division of the Penetanguishene Mental Health Centre.

              The facility was his home for most of his 53 years in custody.

              Born to a 17-year-old Peterborough factory worker who gave him up for adoption, Woodcock spent the first three years of his life being bounced from one foster family to another. In at least one of those homes, he was physically abused: He arrived at a hospital emergency ward with a twisted neck.

              His luck seemed to change when he was adopted by a wealthy family living near Yonge St. and Lawrence Ave. They spent money on therapists, private schools and bikes for the chubby little boy.

              When Woodcock hit puberty, he began using his bike to travel around Toronto, fantasizing about leading a gang and, in reality, molesting children in Parkdale and Cabbagetown.

              Woodcock killed his first victim, 6-year-old Wayne Mallette, at the CNE grounds on Sept. 16, 1956. Another boy was soon arrested and convicted of Mallette's murder and was serving time in a youth detention centre when Woodcock was finally caught.

              His second victim was 9-year-old Gary Morris. Woodcock picked him up in Cabbagetown three weeks after Mallette's murder and strangled him at Cherry Beach. On Jan. 19, 1957, he killed Carole Voyce, 4, under the Bloor Viaduct. A very accurate police drawing of Woodcock, which ran on the front page of the Star, cracked the case.

              Woodcock arrived in Penetang just as psychiatrists began trying to find ways to cure psychopathic offenders. In the 1960s and 1970s, he was fed LSD. He participated in something called "The Hundred Day Hate-In," where psychopaths were jammed into a room together to force them to develop empathy. He was given powerful drugs and lived in a giant, dark artificial womb for several days.

              These treatments did not work. Woodcock was transferred to less restrictive institutions, eventually arriving at the Brockville Psychiatric Hospital. Staff indulged his passion for trains by taking him to the Smiths Falls Railway Museum, and took him to see Silence of the Lambs.

              At the same time, Woodcock, who had legally changed his name to David Michael Krueger, had rekindled a relationship with Bruce Hamill, an Ottawa killer who had been released from Penetang and was working as a security guard at the Ottawa courthouse.

              Woodcock convinced Hamill an alien brotherhood would solve his problems if he helped kill another Brockville inmate, Dennis Kerr.

              On July 13, 1991, Hamill went to a hardware store, bought a plumber's wrench, hatchet, knives and a sleeping bag, then went to the Brockville hospital and signed out Woodcock on his first publicly escorted day pass. They lured Kerr to a secluded spot and butchered him.

              Hamill took a handful of over-the-counter sleeping pills and waited for the aliens to come. Woodcock went to the town police station and confessed.

              The murder generated a coroner's inquest and many calls for a revamping of the system that determines whether mentally ill offenders are well enough to be released.

              Woodcock was taken back to Penetang, where he spent the final 18 years of his life. In his later years, he was a frail-looking man who followed Toronto news closely, listened to short-wave radio broadcasts, and made a quiet life for himself behind the barred doors and double locks of the Penetang institution. He had no family: his death was reported to his lawyer by another serial killer.

              In the years after Kerr's murder, he was the focus of a biography and several documentary films. In his careful, soft-spoken voice, he sometimes tried to explain why he killed, but he never came up with rational reasons.

              "I'm accused of having no morality, which is a fair assessment, because my morality is whatever the system allows," he said in a 1993 interview.

              Mark Bourrie is an Ottawa writer who met Peter Woodcock in 1993 and visited him dozens of times at Oak Ridge. His biography of Woodcock, By Reason of Insanity, was published in 1997.

              Sex Assault Suspect Nabbed

              2010/03/06 | CityNews.ca Staff

              Police have arrested a man charged with sex crimes against children after he walked away from an Ottawa psychiatric hospital.

              Eldon James Hardy, 64, (pictured), was arrested Saturday after a tipster called Sarnia police and told them Hardy was hiding out in a London hotel.

              It was previously thought he may have been in the G.T.A.

              Hardy was charged in the alleged sexual assault of two boys last fall. Ottawa police say he’s failed to comply with the release conditions.

              Hardy has spent much time in maximum security psychiatric facilities after being found not criminally responsible for multiple attacks on young boys in the 1970’s and 1980’s.

              This is the second time Hardy has escaped from the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre.

              Man pleads guilty to child rape, doesn't remember crime

              Last Updated: February 25, 2010 6:57pm

              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 %."

              The man, who blames his behaviour on the medication he was taking, apologized in court.

              ³Since the beginning, I have felt very dirty,² he said. ³There is not one day that I¹m not ashamed. I am infinitely sorry for what I did.² Defoy said he has to take responsibility for his actions.

              ³I know that I transported (the victim) in a trunk, that he was scared, that I raped him and that I took away his innocence,² said Defoy, who also apologized to the victim's parents.

              An expert¹s opinion entered into evidence by the Crown shows that Defoy will need lengthy therapy to deal with his sexual problems.

              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.

              During the hearing, the prosecution also requested that Dufoy be declared a long-term offender for the maximum time period of 10 years. The defence did not object to the request.

              Security in the courtroom and on the fourth floor was increased as police were worried that a group of young men, believed to be members of a local gang, would confront Defoy.

              Police had been watching and filming the men, and arrested two of them in the courthouse hallway during a break in the proceedings.

              One of the men resisted arrest after he took a photo of a police officer in civilian clothes talking on his phone. Several special constables were called in to help subdue the man, who was fighting with police and demanding explanations.

              Defoy was eventually allowed to testify in the protected box normally reserved for people facing charges.

              Canadian imprisoned in the U.S. on child porn charges

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              The Associated Press

              Date: Friday Jan. 22, 2010 10:19 PM ET

              BURLINGTON, Vt. — A Canadian child pornography suspect who initially refused to give up his computer password so police could search his laptop was sentenced Friday to three years in prison.

              Sebastien D. Boucher, 33, was also ordered to submit to five years of supervised release for his conviction on one count of possession of child pornography transported in interstate or foreign commerce.

              Entering the United States from Canada in 2006, Boucher -- a Canadian citizen with U.S. residency -- was stopped Dec. 17, 2006, at the Derby Line, Vt., checkpoint and asked to show his laptop to an agent.

              He waived his Miranda rights and told agents he downloads pornography from news groups and that he sometimes unknowingly acquires images that contain child pornography. But he said he deletes the images when he realizes it.

              The border agent saw files "Two year old being raped during diaper change" and "pre teen bondage," and the computer was seized. But when an when an investigator later tried to access a particular drive, he couldn't because of password-protected encryption software.

              A grand jury subpoenaed Boucher to reveal the password, but a magistrate later said he didn't have to, since it would have the effect of giving prosecutors the key to get evidence against him.

              On Sept. 25, Boucher pleaded guilty and agreed to surrender the password, on condition that what investigators found couldn't be used against him at sentencing.

              According to U.S. Attorney Tristram Coffin, Boucher had a constitutional right not to surrender the password.

              Prosecutors already had enough evidence to convict Boucher, but they wanted to examine the contents of the computer's "Z drive" to see if other crimes had been committed, according to Coffin.

              Under the plea, if the government found evidence that he'd produced child pornography, that evidence could be used against him.

              Boucher co-operated with the government "by providing information concerning the unlawful activities of others," according to the plea agreement.

              When Boucher finally gave up the password Oct. 19, investigators found 2,000 still images and 118 video files depicting prepubescent children being sexually assaulted by adults, according to Michael Touchette, a computer forensics analyst for the Vermont Department of Corrections who testified Friday at the sentencing.

              Touchette said there was no indication the computer had been used in the production or distribution of child pornography, and that he could find nothing on it that indicated where the files and video had come from.

              Verdict In Stanley Tippett Trial Expected Wednesday

              2009/12/23 | CityNews.ca Staff

              A married father of five accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 12-year-old Peterborough girl will learn his fate Wednesday.

              Authorities found the young victim behind a Courtice school, in obvious distress, in the early morning hours of Aug. 6, 2008, nearly 100 kilometres from where she was allegedly abducted. Police said the attacker sped off when cops arrived and authorities gave chase, but ended the pursuit when it reached dangerous speeds.

              Investigators found the suspect vehicle abandoned in Oshawa hours later and 33-year-old Stanley Tippett was arrested and charged shortly after.

              The night of the attack, the girl was walking along a side street after a party with a companion when a man in a red van approached. The victim was the only one who ended up in the vehicle.

              Police allege Tippett drove the girl to Oshawa where the alleged assault occurred.

              Tippett claims, he too, is a victim. The accused told authorities two teenage boys with weapons robbed and carjacked him that night. He said the bandits forced him out of his van on the side of Highway 115 in Peterborough with the victim passed out in the front seat.

              Tippett pleaded not guilty to all charges, including sexual assault, kidnapping and sexual interference.

              Co-accused in Stafford slaying to plead not guilty, opts for preliminary hearing

              The Canadian Press

              Michael Thomas C.S. Rafferty, 28, is seen in this undated image taken from Facebook.

              WOODSTOCK, Ont. — The lawyer for the man charged with first-degree murder and kidnapping in Tori Stafford's slaying says her client will plead not guilty when the case goes to trial.

              Attorney Laura Giordano says Michael Rafferty has elected to have a preliminary hearing, which is tentatively scheduled to run from June 21 through July 13.

              Rafferty is of two people charged in Stafford's death.

              His co-accused, Terri-Lynne McClintic, earlier this week waived her right to a preliminary hearing and chose instead to go straight to trial.

              Stafford, eight, was abducted April 8 as she left school and her remains were found about five months later area north of Guelph.

              McClintic and Rafferty were arrested and charged in May.

              Rafferty appeared in court via video from Chatham, Ont. Giordano says he was transferred there from a London, Ont., detention centre after being threatened by inmates.

              She said a hearing will be held Feb. 17 to confirm the dates for a preliminary hearing.

              "We will come back and confirm our readiness for preliminary hearing dates (and) ensuring that all counsel are fit to proceed," Giordano said outside court.

              "His story will come out at trial and I would ask everybody to reserve judgement and simply to be patient and let the story unfold as it will."


              Tori Stafford murder suspect waives right to preliminary hearing

              The Canadian Press

              Terri-Lynne McClintic, 18, is shown in this undated photo taken from the social networking site 'Facebook.' (Facebook / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

              WOODSTOCK, Ont. — One of two people charged in the murder of Woodstock, Ont., girl Tori Stafford has waived her right to a preliminary hearing.

              Terri-Lynn McClintic, who is charged with kidnapping and murder, appeared in court today in the southwestern Ontario community.

              Her lawyer, Jeanine Leroy, says her client waived a preliminary hearing because she's "mentally ready to deal with the matter."

              The decision means the case against McClintic will proceed directly to trial, and the dates for the trial will be set next March 12.

              Stafford, who was eight, was abducted on April 8 as she walked home from school in Woodstock and her remains were found about five months later in a wooded area north of the city.

              McClintic and Michael Rafferty were each charged with murder in May.

              Fed Gov’t To Introduce New Child Porn Bill

              CityNews.ca Staff

              In an effort to curb the ever-growing number of child pornography websites, the federal government plans to propose legislation that would require internet service providers (ISPs) to tell authorities about the illegal online activities.

              Currently, Canada hosts more child porn images than any other country, except the United States. Reports indicate the disturbing images being traded and sold online are increasingly depicting younger children suffering more violent attacks.

              The federal government will reportedly introduce a bill this week aimed at stopping these sites that display, trade and sell images of kids being abused. The bill, expected to pass unanimously, will require ISPs to report tips they receive about child porn websites and they’d have to notify authorities if they believe a child porn offence has been committed using their service.

              A recent study released by the Canadian Centre for Child Protection says 82 per cent of child pornography images accessed by Cybertip.ca involved kids under the age of 12.

              Cybertip.ca analyzed nearly 16,000 sites from 60 countries and examined more than 4,000 unique images of child sexual abuse.

              Another deeply disturbing point in the report states more than 35 per cent of all the images depicted serious sexual assaults.

              Click here to read the full report.

              “What makes this particularly concerning is the very young age of the children in the images. These children are most likely being accessed and sexually abused by someone they know. Not only is it devastating for a child to be abused, but to have the abuse recorded and distributed on the Internet adds another layer of trauma." said Lianna McDonald, Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection.

              "This is a call to action to all Canadians to learn to recognize the signs of abuse, and to report their suspicions of abuse. We need to disrupt and hopefully stop child sexual abuse and prevent it from being memorialized and traded on the Internet."

              In June, Canada’s Ombudsman for Victims of Crime, Steve Sullivan, released a report listing nine recommendations for the government to end the proliferation of child porn.

              Sullivan said between 1998 and 2003, the number of charges for production and distribution of child porn increased by a staggering 800 per cent. Between 2003 and 2007 the number of images of serious child abuse quadrupled.

              Click here to read Sullivan’s recommendations.

              The ombudsman also noted these images are increasingly becoming more violent and are featuring younger kids. In his report, Sullivan noted the majority of children in these abusive images are 12 and under; 39 per cent of sites showed kids between three and five-years-old and 19 percent showed children three-years-old and younger.

              Predator deported by Canada Border Services Agency

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              The Canadian Press

              Date: Friday Nov. 20, 2009 12:05 PM ET

              CALGARY — The Canada Border Services Agency says it has deported a violent sex offender who served his entire sentence for sexually assaulting two teenage girls.

              Parvind Chand, who is 45, was released from Bowden Institution on Nov. 12, and was immediately taken into custody by border services officials, who on Thursday deported him to Fiji.

              Chand was convicted in 2001 of sexual assault, kidnapping, and unlawful confinement of a 16-year-old girl in Brooks, Alta., in January 2000.

              He was arrested for sexual assault on a 15-year-old teen in Edmonton 10 months later while out on bail.

              Chand was convicted of that crime as well and was sentenced to nearly nine years in prison.

              He came to Canada in 1990 and is permanently barred from returning.

              Changes To Amber Alert Program

              2009/10/26 | CityNews.ca Staff

              Authorities announced changes to the province’s Amber Alert program Monday aimed at easing the process for police and speeding up the time in which the important bulletins are issued to the public.

              Oxford Community Police came under harsh criticism last spring because the clarion call wasn't issued following the abduction of eight-year-old Victoria Stafford in Woodstock, Ont. In May, provincial police and other agencies launched a review of the Amber Alert program and came up with some key modifications that loosen some of the requirements investigators must adhere to in order to release a bulletin.

               “Now the OPP has a dedicated person to Amber Alert. In the past that person had other routines, other jobs as well with the OPP, and that’s important because of the fact that now there’ll be training involved … so the police and the community at large can understand the Amber Alert program much better,” said John Hinnen, the VP and GM at 680 News who sits on the Amber Alert advisory board.

              An important wording change is also included. In the past, investigators had to adhere to specific criteria before issuing an alert. Those criteria have been changed to guidelines, meaning the framework police must work within is less rigid.

              Previously authorities had to confirm that a child had been abducted and confirm that youngster was in danger of bodily harm or death. Now authorities must only believe a kidnapping has taken place and that a child is in danger, which should result in the swifter release of alerts and, hopefully, happy endings.

              Before these changes, police were also required to provide a description of the child, the abductor and a vehicle in order to issue an Amber Alert. Under the new changes, authorities need only one of these descriptions to send out the call.

              Tori Stafford’s father, Rodney, said he’s happy to see changes to the Amber Alert system, but added he doesn’t think the new rules would’ve prevented the tragic outcome in his daughter's case.

              It took nearly three hours before the police were alerted the little girl was missing, Rodney Stafford said, adding it’s his understanding she was murdered the night she was taken.

                • The criteria for activating an AMBER Alert have been changed to guidelines.
                • The new guidelines for issuing an AMBER Alert are:.

                • A dedicated AMBER Alert Coordinator has been appointed. The Coordinator will be responsible for all aspects of the program, including training, education/awareness, communication, ongoing enhancements and expansion of the program.
                • Update all communication products including existing web sites, flyers, internal and external information on the AMBER Alert program to ensure consistency and to enhance public awareness.
                • Work with the Ontario Police College (OPC) to ensure that AMBER Alert training is included in all appropriate courses. Provide training for the Association of Ontario Broadcasters (an AMBER Alert partner) and all other media.
                • The AMBER Alert Steering Committee should seek additional partners to broadcast AMBER Alerts and expand the reach.
                • The Steering Committee should explore existing Memoranda of Understanding with neighbouring Provincial and State jurisdictions with the intention of improving cross border activations
              • Here’s a full look at the new guidelines for the Amber Alert system:

                1.Law enforcement agency believes a child under the age of 18 has been abducted;
                2.Law enforcement agency believes the child is in danger; 
                3.There is descriptive information about one or more of the following: child; abductor; vehicle; to believe an immediate broadcast alert will help in locating the child.

              • A dedicated AMBER Alert Coordinator has been appointed. The Coordinator will be responsible for all aspects of the program, including training, education/awareness, communication, ongoing enhancements and expansion of the program.
              • Update all communication products including existing web sites, flyers, internal and external information on the AMBER Alert program to ensure consistency and to enhance public awareness.
              • Work with the Ontario Police College (OPC) to ensure that AMBER Alert training is included in all appropriate courses. Provide training for the Association of Ontario Broadcasters (an AMBER Alert partner) and all other media.
              • The AMBER Alert Steering Committee should seek additional partners to broadcast AMBER Alerts and expand the reach.
              • The Steering Committee should explore existing Memoranda of Understanding with neighbouring Provincial and State jurisdictions with the intention of improving cross border activations

              High School Theatre Technician Charged With Sexual Assault

              2009/10/28 | CityNews.ca Staff

              A theatre technician at a Toronto high school has been charged with the sexual assault of a Grade 12 student.

              Patrick Lemieux, 33, was on personal leave from his job at Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts when he was arrested Wednesday and charged with sexual exploitation and sexual assault.

              Police say the accused assaulted the victim on several occasions and there may be other victims.

              He is scheduled to appear in court Thursday morning.

              Anyone with information is asked to call police at 416-808-3200 or Crime Stoppers at 416-222-TIPS (8477

              Man Accused Of Murdering Tori Stafford Appears In Court

              2009/10/16 | CityNews.ca Staff

              The man accused of kidnapping and murdering an eight-year-old girl appeared in court on Friday.

              Michael Rafferty is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Tori Stafford.

              The Woodstock girl vanished after school on April 8. Her remains were found north of Guelph on July 19.

              Rafferty, 28, spoke to a judge via video link from a London, Ont. detention centre.

              Rafferty and his alleged accomplice, Terri-Lynn McClintic, 19, both face charges of kidnapping and first-degree murder.

              McClintic appeared in court about two weeks ago and her next court date is set for November 27. 

              Conservative MPP Wants Bill Assuring Porn Filters On School And Library Computers

              2009/09/16 | CityNews.ca Staff

              Conservative MPP Gerry Martiniu is tabling a Bill to ensure there are filters to block pornographic websites on all library and public school computers in Ontario.

              Some schools and libraries already have them in place, but Martiniu wants the filters installed province-wide. His private member's Bill has the support of cyber-safety experts - especially former OPP officer Rob Nickle, who not long ago witnessed a man downloading porn at the Cambridge library.

              In the meantime, Liberal Premier Dalton McGuinty stressed individual responsibility.

              "We all have a responsibility, if you're a mom or dad at home...if you're a principal at a school....if you head up some sort of a private organization...you've all got a responsibility to make sure that you're applying appropriate standards."

              Aug. 27 2009 8:36:09 PM

              Man accused of sexually assaulting girl says he was carjacked

              Sunny Freeman, The Canadian Press

              This court sketch shows Stanley Tippett appearing at his bail hearing in Peterborough, Ont., on Monday, Aug. 11, 2008.

              PETERBOROUGH, Ont. — An Ontario man accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 12-year-old testified Thursday that he was taking the girl to hospital when he was held at gunpoint by men who knew the alleged victim by name.

              Stanley Tippett, 33, was arrested Aug. 6, 2008 after the girl was found half-naked behind a school in Courtice, some 70 kilometres from Peterborough.

              The married father of five has pleaded not guilty to seven charges, including kidnapping, sexual assault and sexual interference.

              Tippett's mother has told the court that her son called her the morning of the girl's disappearance claiming he'd been carjacked. She testified that Tippett told her he came upon a girl in the middle of the road and as he stopped to help her, a man appeared with a gun.

              On Thursday, Tippett took the stand in his defence and said he came upon the girl, who he said was severely intoxicated, lying in the road.

              "I couldn't believe how drunk she was," he said.

              Court heard that Tippett was talking to his wife on the phone while driving home from a day spent at hospitals with his mistress and her children when he spotted the girl. He feared he had hit her, so got out of his van to take a look, he testified.

              While en route to hospital, one of the girl's friends asked him to stop the vehicle because she wanted to meet some friends, he said.

              "She said 'you take her to the hospital,' but she's walking away very quickly," Tippett testified. "And she's not looking behind... that's all she wanted to do, leave."

              Tippett told the court that after the girl got out, he saw two men standing in front of a car shouting something. He said it was the 12-year-old's name, and he believed they knew her.

              One of the men threatened Tippett with a five-inch blade, forced him to unlock the doors, then entered through the van's rear side door and another man pointed a gun in Tippett's face through the driver's side, Tippett said.

              "They were yelling 'get out, don't move,' " he told the court.

              Tippett's testimony was to continue Friday.

              Tippett's extremely detailed explanation of his version of that night was at times rambling and long-winded. At times, his own lawyer had to tell him to stop interrupting questions.

              Tippett's mistress has testified that following the alleged attack, Tippett told her he had been carjacked and his van was stolen.

              The alleged victim's mother watched the proceedings composed and focused. The woman, who cannot be identified, said she plans to sit in everyday until the end, despite working the graveyard shift.

              "I just want to find out what happened to my kid, because she doesn't remember anything," she said outside court.

              "I hope she never remembers anything."

              Earlier Thursday, Tippett testified that the girl and her two friends were visibly drunk and that one of the girls told him the alleged victim, who is now 13, was celebrating her 16th birthday.

              Tippett also thoroughly explained details of his life, from the intricacies of his hearing problem to his stints in Alcoholics Anonymous and jail and lies he told his wife about his extra-marital affair.

              Tippett was allowed a copy of cellphone records that he relied on to explain the night's chronology, referring to them methodically.

              The defence plans to call two other witnesses to the stand

              Michael Thomas C.S. Rafferty, 28, is seen in this undated image taken from Facebook.

              Michael Thomas C.S. Rafferty, 28, is seen in this undated image taken from Facebook.

              Male accused in Stafford case to plead not guilty

              Updated: Fri Aug. 21 2009 3:51:59 PM


              Michael Rafferty, one of two people charged in the death of eight-year-old Tori Stafford, will plead not guilty, one of his lawyers says.

              Dirk Derstine said Friday his client will return to court Sept. 25 and "will certainly be pleading not guilty."

              Scott Reid, another lawyer for Rafferty, had previously suggested that the accused would be pleading not guilty.

              Rafferty, 28, is being held in a London, Ontario detention facility. He appeared in court via video link on Friday.

              He and co-accused Terri-Lynne McClintic, 19, are each charged with first-degree murder and kidnapping.

              Tori was last seen leaving her school in Woodstock, west of Hamilton, on April 8.
              Surveillance video showed her being led away by a woman in a white coat.

              Tori's remains were found in late July in a wooded area near the community of Mount Forest, north of Woodstock, about two months after Rafferty and McClintic were arrested.

              Rafferty's lawyer said there's an enormous amount of evidence to go through before the case can proceed, and he doesn't expect the trial to begin until 2011.

              With files from Canadian Press



              A young Ontario girl who was allegedly kidnapped and sexually assaulted by a man in his 30s says she doesn't remember anything about the attack.

              On Tuesday, the girl, who is now 13, told a Peterborough, Ont., court that the last thing she remembers about that night in August 2008 was hanging out at a friend's house.

              Next thing she remembers, she says, she was in the hospital.

              Two of her friends have testified the alleged victim was severely intoxicated, saying the three of them drank a 26-ounce bottle of rum before running into the alleged attacker.

              The victim testified today that she doesn't remember drinking or doing drugs.

              Thirty-three-year-old Stanley Tippett has pleaded not guilty to seven charges, including sexual assault and kidnapping.

              The girl's mom says her daughter isn't the same little girl since the attack, and no longer goes anywhere alone.

              Standing outside the courthouse Tuesday the mother, who cannot be named, said that it's hard not knowing what is happening in the case and running into the family of the accused around town.

              She, like all other potential witnesses, is being excluded from the courtroom as the judge-alone trial hears testimony.

              On his way into court, Tippett - who has five children with his wife - said: Daddy loves you" - a message intended for his kids.

              It's alleged that the girl was abducted on a night she was supposed to spend at her grandmother's after attending a birthday party with friends in August 2008.

              Case against Stafford murder suspect put over to Oct. 1

              The Canadian Press

              Terri-Lynne McClintic, 18, is shown in this undated photo taken from the social networking site 'Facebook.' (Facebook / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

              WOODSTOCK — A 19-year-old woman charged in the kidnapping and death of eight-year-old Tori Stafford has made another court appearance.

              Terri-Lynne McClintic appeared in a Woodstock, Ont., court via a video link and a new court date was set for Oct. 1.

              Her lawyer, Jeanine Leroy, says there is a "substantial amount of evidence" to review before the case goes any further.

              "It's a hard drive full of disclosure and it's going to take a substantial amount of time to completely review," she said outside court.

              McClintic and a fellow Woodstock resident, 28-year-old Michael Rafferty, are both charged with first-degree murder and kidnapping.

              Leroy said she expects to be speaking with the Crown after reviewing the disclosure and discussing it with her client.

              "We will weave through all of it and make a determination after that as to where we go with this matter."

              Tori disappeared on April 8 as she was leaving school and her remains were found in a field north of Guelph, Ont., on July 19.

              Her father, Rodney Stafford, is currently on a bicycle ride to Alberta to pay tribute to his daughter and to raise funds for Child Find Ontario.


              Ontario to spend $5.2M fighting online predators

              Updated: Thu Jul. 16 2009 12:06:27 PM

              The Canadian Press

              SUDBURY, Ont. — Ontario will spend $5.2 million over the next two years to help police working to track down online sexual predators as well as their young victims.

              The money will help support a provincial program that targets online child sex crimes, luring and pornography.

              It's a plan that allows undercover police officers to monitor websites and chat rooms to identify suspected child predators and victims.

              It also helps police investigators work with other agencies and jurisdictions to apprehend offenders.

              Minister of Community Safety Rick Bartolucci says protecting kids from abuse online is a top priority, calling Internet luring "a despicable crime" that warrants the province's full attention.

              Nearly 4,800 investigations have been conducted and almost 2,000 charges have been laid against 634 people since the task force was established in 2006.


              Registered Sex Offender From U.S. Found Living In Pickering

              Registered Sex Offender From U.S. Found Living In Pickering

              Thursday May 28, 2009

              Do you really know who's living next door to you? Neighbours in Pickering may have been surprised about the man beside them - he was a convicted sex offender who wasn't supposed to be in Canada at all.

              Durham Regional Police have revealed they arrested 36-year-old Jeffrey Roberts at a job site in Toronto last Friday. He'd been here at least five years, and was taken into custody while he was working installing shingles on roofs.

              Roberts had been convicted in Wichita, Kansas back in 1999 on a charge of committing aggravated indecent liberties on a 15-year-old girl.

              Part of his sentence required him to register as a sex offender and report to authorities three times a year. But in 2004, he vanished, making his way past the border and into the GTA. He eventually settled in Pickering.

              Cops got wind of his travels and authorities down south contacted their counterparts here to try and find him. They finally tracked him to his home and began tailing him, closing in on him at work, where he'd be the least likely to be able to flee.

              The convicted felon has been ordered back to the U.S. where he will be put back in jail for violating the conditions of his release. There's no indication that Roberts ever attacked anyone in this country, but those who lived near him are stunned that he's been in their neighbourhood all these years and they never knew it.


              "We Are Left With Hundreds Of Questions:" Police Reveal Little About Two Arrests In The Murder Of Victoria Stafford

              "We Are Left With Hundreds Of Questions:" Police Reveal Little About Two Arrests In The Murder Of Victoria Stafford

              Wednesday May 20, 2009

              There are still a lot of unanswered questions, but the first degree murder charges police laid against a 28-year-old man on Wednesday in the Victoria 'Tori' Stafford case makes the fate of the little girl all too apparent.

              The grim news comes six weeks to the day the eight-year-old was kidnapped.  A woman has also been charged as an

              "Late yesterday we arrested two persons for the abduction and murder of Victoria Stafford," confirmed Oxford Police Chief Ron Fraser.

              "We are left with hundreds of questions that hopefully one day will be answered in the courts of law," he added.

              Fraser also defended how the case was handled by police.

              "The criteria of Tori's disappearance did not meet the criteria of the Amber Alert," he noted when pressed by media.  "The Amber Alert would not have made any difference because it did not meet the criteria."

              The accused killer has been identified through court documents as Michael Thomas Rafferty (pictured above).  The woman is Terri-Lynne McClintic, 18 (pictured below).  Both appeared in a Woodstock court on Wednesday to be arraigned on the following charges:


              • First Degree Murder
              • Abduction Of A Person Under Sixteen


              • Accessory After The Fact To Murder
              • Abduction Of A Person Under Sixteen

              In the meantime, the search for the little girl's remains continues near Guelph.

              "The most important mission we have yet to accomplish is to reunite Victoria with her loved ones," a sometimes emotional Fraser concludes. 


              "There's several investigators working diligently around the area to follow all leads," said a guarded O.P.P. Det. Insp. Bill Renton. 

              Renton revealed few details about the case during a 3pm presser, but did say that police were confident they had the right people in custody.

              "We are satisfied at this point that we have the persons responsible and we do not expect any more arrests at this time."

              When asked about possible motives, he would only say, "The matter is before the court and I cannot speak to that," an answer he repeated several times as reporters tried to learn more about the sinister case.

              Police told reporters that Tori's mother, Tara McDonald, was familiar with McClintic, but the extent of their relationship has not been revealed.McDonald later told CityNews she recognized the woman, allegedly from the grainy video of her daughter being led away.

              Among the other questions left unanswered: how they can lay murder charges without the child's body; where they're searching for her remains; whether either suspect has made any admission of guilt; if there was any sexual component to the crime; if they'd spoken to either of them as they scoured Woodstock; the role the videotape of the woman in white played in the case and exactly what led them to the pair and when their names first surfaced in the investigation.

              Full Police Press Conference


              Renton did finally agree that the charges against McClintic could be upgraded as the probe into the crime continues.

              Emotional Stafford family members gathered outside the courthouse to catch a glimpse of the duo Wednesday. When Rafferty was led out with a shirt over his head, Victoria's uncle, Rob Stafford, began screaming at him and had to be restrained by police. 


              "No one can ever explain the pain and the upset, you just have to believe she's in a safe place now," said Tori's grandmother, Linda Winters. 

              Stafford's father, Rodney, said one of the toughest moments was explaining what happened to Tori's older brother, Daryn.

              "His first reaction was, 'Does this mean I don't get to hang out with my sister anymore, I don't get to see her anymore?'"

              "I still love her with all my heart and until I see her I will not lay this to rest," he adds.


              A neighbour of the accused couple on Wilson St. in Woodstock admitted to CityNews that he had suspicions about them for quite some time, and even called police at one point to express his concern.


              "We got close to them to get information from them," said Craig Mancini. "We were always back and forth talking to them, she was nice and wanted to do our laundry and stuff.  I would actually go into the basement, and my girlfriend would say 'look in the basement and see if there's anything in there.'"

              A woman who identified herself as the grandmother of McClintic told reporters she was estranged from the woman's mother, Carol, and her grandchildren.

              "(Carol) was a stripper and she knew the wrong people and she wasn't treating Terri-Lynne right," she said.

              Stafford did not come home after school on April 8. She was last seen on surveillance video walking beside an unknown woman (below.)

              Police now believe the murder took place not long after she was abducted, possibly on the same day.

              CityNews exclusive: Tori's mom recognized one of the suspects

              Community in shock

              Search for Tori continues by land and air

              Tori Stafford abduction timeline

              Search Continues For Body Of Victoria Stafford

              Search Continues For Body Of Victoria Stafford

              Thursday May 21, 2009

              Now that police have two suspects in custody, charged with the murder of Victoria Stafford, they're focused on finding the eight-year-old's body.

              An OPP helicopter criss-crossed an area north of Guelph Wednesday and officers were out again Thursday morning, searching the area around Fergus. It's about 15 kilometres north of Guelph and an hour's drive from where Tori disappeared.

              Twenty-eight-year-old Michael Rafferty appeared in court Wednesday where he was charged with first degree murder. According to court documents, police believe the Woodstock girl was killed within a day of her disappearance on April 8th, but they did not disclose a motive.

              Rafferty, who had been laid off from a meatpacking plant in Guelph, had trained as a chef. He has a young son but it's believed he hasn't had much contact with him.

              Rafferty's co-accused, Terri-Lynne McClintic, was charged with abduction and being an accessory after the fact. Tori's mother, Tara McDonald had met the 18-year-old twice and indicated to police as such after seeing the surveillance video of a woman walking off with Tori.

              Emotional Stafford family members gathered outside the courthouse to catch a glimpse of the two as they emerged. When Rafferty was led out with a shirt over his head, Victoria's uncle, Rob Stafford, began yelling at him and had to be restrained by police. 

              "No one can ever explain the pain and the upset, you just have to believe she's in a safe place now," said Tori's grandmother, Linda Winters.

              Stafford's father, Rodney, said one of the toughest moments was explaining what happened to Tori's older brother, Daryn.

              "His first reaction was, 'Does this mean I don't get to hang out with my sister anymore, I don't get to see her anymore?'"

              Rafferty and McClintic are due back in court in one week.

              Police Reveal Little About Two Arrests In The Murder Of Victoria Stafford

              Tori's Mom Says She Recognized One Of The Suspects From The Surveillance Video

              Woodstock Community In Shock After Charges Laid In Stafford Case

              Victoria Stafford Case Timeline


              Victoria Stafford, 8, is shown in a family handout photo from July 2008. (Dave Chidley / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

              Victoria Stafford, 8, is shown in a family handout photo from July 2008. (Dave Chidley / THE CANADIAN PRESS

              Victoria Stafford's grand-mother Doreen Graichen (hidden) holds up a photo of Victoria while telling a story about her, as aunt Randi Millen reacts as family members gather for support on the sixth day of the search the missing eight-year-old in Woodstock, Ont. on Tuesday, April 14, 2009.  (Dave Chidley / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

              Victoria Stafford's grand-mother Doreen Graichen (hidden) holds up a photo of Victoria while telling a story about her, as aunt Randi Millen reacts as family members gather for support on the sixth day of the search the missing eight-year-old in Woodstock, Ont. on Tuesday, April 14, 2009. (Dave Chidley / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

              Oxford Community Police spokeswoman Const. Laurie-Anne Maitland speaks with CTV News Toronto from Woodstock, Ont., Tuesday, April 14, 2009.

              Oxford Community Police spokeswoman Const. Laurie-Anne Maitland speaks with CTV News Toronto from Woodstock, Ont., Tuesday, April 14, 2009.

              Kate Young, a spokesperson for Thames Valley District School Board, speaks with reporters from Woodstock, Ont., Tuesday, April 14, 2009.

              Kate Young, a spokesperson for Thames Valley District School Board, speaks with reporters from Woodstock, Ont., Tuesday, April 14, 2009.

              Oxford Community Police continue with door-to-door inquiries about missing eight-year-old Victoria Stafford in Woodstock, Ont., Monday, April 13, 2009. (Dave Chidley / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

              Oxford Community Police continue with door-to-door inquiries about missing eight-year-old Victoria Stafford in Woodstock, Ont., Monday, April 13, 2009. (Dave Chidley / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

              Police defend their actions in missing girl case

              Updated: Tue Apr. 14 2009 2:47:08 PM

              CTV.ca News Staff

              Police in Woodstock, Ont. say they acted as quickly as possible when they discovered eight-year-old Victoria Stafford went missing after school last week.

              Authorities were notified of the girl's disappearance at around 6 p.m. on Wednesday April 8. Before midnight of that day, police in other jurisdictions were notified and by 3 a.m. a notice went out to the media, Community Police Const. Laurie-Anne Maitland said at a news conference Tuesday afternoon.

              Maitland defended the police's actions after a U.S. organization questioned the time it took for Ontario investigators to report the girl missing. In the U.S., police are required to notify the FBI within two hours.

              Victoria, known as "Tori" by her close friends and family, was last seen six days ago walking with an unidentified woman at around 3:30 p.m. after school. The two were caught on surveillance tape.

              The little girl appeared to be walking with the woman willingly. Maitland said the case is still being investigated as a missing person and not as an abduction.

              Maitland insisted that Victoria's case has been a priority for police in the region since the first moment she was reported missing.

              Police have been criticized for not issuing an Amber Alert -- an urgent bulletin notifying the public and the media when a child has been abducted.

              In order for police to issue an Amber Alert, the following three criteria must be met, according to Ontario Provincial Police:

              • The child must be under 18 years of age.
              • Police believe the abducted child is in imminent danger.
              • There is enough information about the abductor and or suspect's vehicle to believe that an immediate broadcast alert would help locate the child.

              Despite having access to grainy footage of the woman walking with Victoria, police have not been able to identify her.

              Enhanced video

              Last night, police released a sharper, clearer version of the tape, hoping that it would help someone recognize the young dark-haired woman wearing a white coat.

              But Maitland said the enhanced footage is not as clear as investigators would like it to be.

              "We don't have any indication yet of who the female is on the video," she told CTV Toronto Tuesday afternoon.

              "The fogginess around (the image) has been removed but it was unable to bring the image closer so it's certainly not as clear as a portrait," she said. "People have an illusion that we can make a blurry photo like this crystal clear but we can't."

              The enhanced footage was released hours after police called off their ground search for the missing girl.

              The ground search was called off because it had turned up nothing that could be linked directly to Victoria on the day she went missing, Maitland said.

              However, several officers were seen walking around Victoria's neighbourhood after the ground search was called off. Maitland said police are still actively investigating the case.

              "The ground search has concluded and has been completed but we still have officers going door-to-door and canvassing homes and business properties," she said.

              Maitland said police are hopeful Victoria is still alive because the search "has not located something that would lead us to believe foul play may be a factor."

              However, she also said the amount of time Victoria has been gone worries her, calling it an "uncertain situation."

              Counsellors for students

              In the meantime, staff at Oliver Stephens Public school did what they could Tuesday to create a stable environment for the children's first day back since the investigation captured the town's attention over the Easter holiday long weekend.

              Staff at the school had met with a traumatic events response team on Monday to prepare them on how to deal with their worried students, said Kate Young, a spokesperson for Thames Valley District School Board.

              Eight counsellors were available to students on Tuesday to help them cope with their friend's mysterious disappearance.

              "(They) are here to talk to students if they need to talk," Young said.

              She acknowledged that it has been a difficult time for everyone in the community.

              "I'm sure every parent at this school and every parent in Woodstock and in Ontario and Canada is thinking twice about how their children are getting to and from school today," she said.

              O.P.P. Arrest 31 People After Biggest Child Porn Investigation Ever In Ontario

              Thursday February 5, 2009

              The O.P.P. is calling it the largest child porn investigation in the province's history, and on Thursday they revealed the results of their laborious efforts to protect society's most vulnerable members.

              Investigators have arrested and charged 31 people with possessing and making child porn. 

              They also reveal that two children have been rescued --- a four-year-old boy and 12-year-old girl. 

              In total 93 charges were laid during the provincewide raids which took place on Wednesday.

              "The most fundamental responsibility of any society is to protect children," said Ontario Provincial Police Commissioner Julian Fantino.  "Every child has a right to be nurtured and to be safe. Child pornography is the sexual abuse of children. These are real children. These are real crimes. These are real victims."

              Three youths and a 60-year-old man are among those facing charges, and police say more arrests could be on the way.

              "Today is a great day for children and communities right across the province," Fantino added.

              "The exploitation of any children by any means is appalling, unconscionable and very serious crime."

              List of suspects and charges

              John Norman Sled,
              Age: 60,
              Hometown: Hamilton
              Charges: l count of Possession of Child Pornography,
              1 count of Make Available Child Pornography,

              Terrence Blatchley
              Age: 44
              Hometown: Niagara Falls
              Charges: 1 count of Possession of Child Pornography,
              1 count of Distribution of Child Pornography,
              1 count of Make Available Child Pornography.

              Scott Ersman
              Age: 18
              Hometown: Welland
              Charge: 1 count of Possession of Child Pornography

              Michael Sproule
              Age: 36
              Hometown: Mississauga
              Charges: 1 count of Possession of Child Pornography,
              1 count Access Child Pornography,
              1 count Make Available Child Pornography,

              Chad Groves
              Age: 24
              Hometown: Richmond Hill,
              Charges: 1 count of Possession of Child Pornography,
              1 count of Distribution of Child Pornography

              Alex Fiaoni
              Age: 33
              Hometown: Woodbridge
              Charges: 1 count Possession of Child Pornography,
              1 count of Distribution of Child Pornography

              Dane Raymond Wilson
              Age: 40
              Hometown: Elmira
              Charges: 1 court of Possession of Child Pornography,
              1 count of Make Available Child Pornography,
              1 count of Accessing Child Pornography

              Nicola Ierullo
              Age: 46
              Hometown: London
              Charges: 2 counts of Possession of Child Pornography,
              2 counts of Distribution of Child Pornography,
              1 count of Possession of a Controlled Substance

              Michael DiMatteo
              Age: 18
              Hometown: London
              Charges: 3 counts of Possession of Child Pornography,
              2 counts of Distribution of Child Pornography,
              1 count of Making Child Pornography

              Christopher Clausen
              Age: 37
              Hometown: London
              Charges: 2 counts of Possession of Child Pornography,
              2 counts of Distribution of Child Pornography

              Kevin Nisbet
              Age: 42
              Hometown: London
              Charges: 4 counts of Possession of Child Pornography,
              3 counts of Distribution of Child Pornography

              Paul Freestone
              Age: 43
              Hometown: Palmerston, Ontario
              Charges: 1 count of Possession of Child Pornography,
              1 count of Make Available Child Pornography,
              1 count of Possession of Narcotic for the Purpose of Trafficking (methamphetamine)

              Martin Rowe
              Age: 42
              Hometown: Matheson, Ontario,
              Charges: 1 count of Possession of a Controlled Substance,
              2 counts Possession of Child Pornography,
              1 count Make Available Child Pornography

              Kevin Kuzmich
              Age: 34
              Hometown: Thunder Bay
              Charges: 1 count of Possession of Child Pornography,
              1 count of Distribution of Child Pornography

              Perry Maeckler
              Age: 47
              Hometown: Windsor
              Charges: 1 count of Possession of Child Pornography,
              1 count of Distribution of Child Pornography

              Colin Mitchell
              Age: 52
              Hometown: Brantford
              Charges: 1 count of Possession of Child Pornography,
              1 count of Distribution of Child Pornography,
              1 count of Breach of Probation

              Mark Caron
              Age: 38
              Hometown: Wasaga Beach
              Charges: 2 counts of Possession of Child Pornography,
              1 count of Make Available of Child Pornography

              Vladimir Tchemissov
              Age: 52
              Hometown: North York
              Charges: 1 count of Possession of Child Pornography,
              1 count of Make Available Child Pornography

              Alessandro Vece
              Age: 40
              Hometown: North York
              Charges: 2 counts of Possession of Child Pornography,
              2 counts of Make Available Child Pornography

              Karl James
              Age: 57
              Hometown: Guelph
              Charges: 1 count of Possession of Child Pornography,
              1 count of Make Available for Distribution,
              1 count of Make Child Pornography

              Matthew Bates
              Age: 23
              Hometown: Guelph
              1 count of Possession of Child Pornography,
              1 count of Make Available Child Pornography

              Nathan Engler
              Age: 33
              Hometown: Ottawa
              Charges: 1 count of Possession of Child Pornography,
              1 count Distribute Child Pornography

              Adam Rizeiski
              Age: 27
              Hometown: Ottawa
              Charges: 1 count of Possession of Child Pornography,
              1 count of Make Available Child Pornography,
              1 count of Possession of Contraband Cigarettes (Tobacco Excise Act)

                  -  A 53-year-old Ottawa man is charged with 2 counts of Possession of
                     Child Pornography, 2 counts of Distribute Child Pornography, 1 count
                     of Making Child Pornography. Name withheld to protect the identity of
                     the victim.

              John David Burnes
              Age: 20
              Hometown: Kingston
              Charges: 1 count of Possession of Child Pornography,
              1 count of Making Available Child Pornography

              Other names and ages are being withheld for various reasons. They are:

              Sudbury man, whose name can't be revealed to protect the I.D. of a young person charged with him.
              Charges: 2 counts of Possession of Child Pornography,
              1 count of Make Available Child Pornography.

              One young person from Sudbury, name can't be revealed under the Youth Criminal Justice Act. The person charged with the Sudbury man.
              Charge: 1 count of Possession of a Controlled Substance.

              A 53-year-old man
              Hometown: Burlington
              Charges: 1 count of Sexual Assault,
              1 count of Sexual Interference,
              1 Count of Possession of Child Pornography,
              1 count of Make Available Child Pornography.
              His name is being withheld to protect the identity of the victim.

              One young person, whose name can't be revealed under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
              Hometown: Oshawa
              Charges: 1 count of Possession of Child Pornography,
              1 count of Make Available Child Pornography

              One young person, whose name can't be revealed under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
              Charges: 1 count of Possession of Child Pornography,
              1 count Distribution of Child Pornography

              One young person, whose name can't be revealed under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
              Hometown: Mississauga
              Charges: 1 count of Possession of a Child Pornography,
              1 count of Access Child Pornography,
              1 count of Make Available Child Pornography


              Man Arrested For Alleged Sexual Assault On Six-Year-Old In Burlington Grocery Store

              Man Arrested For Alleged Sexual Assault On Six-Year-Old In Burlington Grocery Store

              Monday January 5, 2009

              A bizarre case of alleged sexual assault that unfolded inside a Burlington grocery store has a local man in custody.

              Halton Police are still investigating after a six-year-old girl was reportedly kissed by a stranger while shopping in the afternoon hours of January 3.

              It's alleged that the suspect watched the young child and her mother while they walked through Fortino's on Plains Road and when they became slightly separated bumped the victim purposely from behind.

              When the victim turned to face the suspect he's alleged to have knelt down and kissed her once on the cheek and once on the mouth.

              The suspect then left the store, but 64-year-old Abdul Hadi of Burlington was later picked up by police and stands charged with assault and sexual assault.

              He'll appear in court on January 23.

              In the meantime, anyone with related information should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

              Toronto High Risk Offender Captured In Louisiana

              Toronto High Risk Offender Captured In Louisiana

              Thursday December 18, 2008

              A man Toronto Police describe as a 'high risk offender' who was wanted for failing to comply with his release conditions has been arrested a long way from home. Shawn Thomas Fries was picked up in the city of Homer, Louisiana on Tuesday, after he allegedly robbed a church.

              Police officials in the small town near the Arkansas border say a man appeared in their community this week and asked for a tour of a church, looking to join the services. That night, the building was robbed and while they won't say what was taken, they claim to have enough evidence to tie the crime back to Fries.

              Toronto cops had originally sent out an alert about the man, warning he might be in Scarborough. That was obviously wrong and it's not clear how he made his way to the U.S.

              Authorities have been reluctant to release details of Fries' crimes here, but CityNews.ca has learned it involved offences against children. He was considered at high risk to re-offend, but Homer police say they don't know if he had any contact with kids in their town and he's only facing burglary charges.

              Toronto cops are waiting for word on when Fries may be shipped back to the GTA. A lot depends on the severity of his alleged crime in the U.S. and whether officials there decide to prosecute him, jail him if he's found guilty, or send him home to face the charges here.

              Cops at 43 Division tell CityNews.ca they're working on ironing out those details and should have a better idea of his future fate sometime next week.

              Babysitter Charged With Sexually Assaulting Boy For Two-Year Period

              Babysitter Charged With Sexually Assaulting Boy For Two-Year Period

              Monday December 29, 2008

              A babysitter charged with the sexual assault of a 10-year-old boy in his care may have been committing the atrocious act for up to two years.

              It's alleged that 36-year-old Thomas Chung Tam of Toronto spent that amount of time working as a caregiver for the child, and now faces five charges, including counts of sexual assault, sexual interference and sexual exploitation.

              His first court appearance is Tuesday, but police have also suggested there could be more victims and want anyone with information about Tam to call them at 416-808-1305 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (847

              Man Charged In Alleged Attack On 13-Year-Old Girl He Met OnlineWatchVideo News DirectorWatch

              Man Charged In Alleged Attack On 13-Year-Old Girl He Met Online

              Wednesday December 31, 2008

              A man in his 20s faces charges for allegedly sexually assaulting a teen he met on the Internet.

              Police were called to the Sheppard and Sentinel area of Toronto early Wednesday by the mother of the alleged victim, a 13-year-old girl.

              Investigators claim that the youth left her home in the wee hours to meet the man, whom she'd apparently met online previously. She reportedly got into his car, parked outside the residence, and that's when the alleged attack took place.

              The girl had apparently told her mother that she was going out to shovel the driveway, but the parent suspected something else was going on.

              "(When) she took a look outside and found out that her daughter wasn't around she went down the street, found her daughter in the back seat of the accused's vehicle. The mother immediately started pounding on the back of the car at this point," explained Toronto Police Staff Sgt. Ken Boyle.

              Officers claim that the driver then took off with the girl inside the vehicle, letting her out a short distance away and continuing on.

              They managed to track down the suspect, identified as 23-year-old Salman Masood of Brampton.

              He has been charged with sexual interference and sexual assault.

              Are The Remains Of A Child Found Near Orlando The Long Missing 3-Yr.-Old Caylee Anthony?

              Are The Remains Of A Child Found Near Orlando The Long Missing 3-Yr.-Old Caylee Anthony?

              Thursday December 11, 2008

              A team of medical examiners and detectives were hustling to identify the skeletal remains of a child found in a wooded lot in central Florida Thursday, hoping to solve the six-month-old mystery of a missing toddler.

              Caylee Anthony, 3, was reported missing in July. On Thursday, less than a kilometre from where the girl lived, a utility worker stumbled upon remains of a small child.

              There was nothing that immediately indicated the remains were Caylee's. But Orange County Sheriff Kevin Beary said his investigators and the FBI would work around the clock and through the weekend to identify the child. They were seeking yet another a search warrant for the home where Caylee and her mother lived, looking for more clues.

              "Now the investigation continues," Beary said. "There is a lot of lab work to do. There is a lot of DNA work to do. There is a lot of crime scene work to do."

              Caylee's mother, 22-year-old Casey Anthony, was indicted in October on first-degree murder and other charges, even without a body. She has insisted that she left the girl with a babysitter in June, but she didn't report her missing until July.

              For the past several months, Anthony's family, police and volunteers from around the country have searched for the little girl.

              A member of EquuSearch - one of the volunteer groups - said they did not check the wooded lot at the edge of the outlying suburb in early September because it was submerged from heavy rains. When they returned in November, the site had been fenced off.

              EquuSearch volunteer Deborah Smith said she believed the remains belonged to Caylee.

              "I'm glad she was found before Christmas so they can give her a proper burial," Smith said.

              Allen Moore, a spokesman for the Orange County jail, said Casey Anthony was told about the discovery. She was placed under psychological observation, not suicide watch, and remains under protective custody. Her attorney, Jose Baez, visited her at the jail for about 90 minutes Thursday.

              Forensic experts said it was harder for investigators to identify a child's remains than an adult's, but they would have a few methods to pursue.

              Medical examiners would probably look at photos of the child along with the skull, hoping to make a bone structure comparison, said Dr. Lee Jantz, co-ordinator of the forensic anthropology centre at the University of Tennessee.

              Dr. Bill Manion, a pathologist and an assistant medical examiner for Burlington County, N.J., said DNA testing could determine an identification even without other DNA from the victim, "as long as we know who the parents are or siblings."

              By early Thursday afternoon, dozens of reporters, police and onlookers had gathered in the pouring rain near where the remains were found. One man walked up and placed a flower-covered cross at the scene. Another man openly sobbed. An elementary school at the end of the street released students out through a back pedestrian exit, steering them away from the frantic scene.

              Sheriff's spokesman Angelo Nieves said officials told Caylee's grandparents about the find, but refused to discuss whether the remains were Caylee's. But Nieves also said there were no other similar missing-children cases in the area.

              The child's grandmother first called authorities in July to say she hadn't seen Caylee for a month and her daughter's car smelled like death.

              Police immediately interviewed Anthony and soon said everything she told them about her daughter's whereabouts was false. The babysitter was nonexistent and the apartment where Anthony said she had last seen Caylee had been empty for months. Anthony also lied about where she worked.

              Other troubling details emerged as the case picked up national media attention. Photos surfaced of Anthony partying after her daughter went missing. Friends said she was a habitual liar, but also a good mother.

              Last month, the Orange County State Attorney turned over almost 800 pages of documents showing someone used the Anthonys' home computer to do Internet searches for terms like "neck breaking" and "household weapons."

              In mid-March, someone searched Google and Wikipedia for peroxide, shovels, acetone, alcohol and chloroform. Traces of chloroform, which is used to induce unconsciousness and a component of human decomposition, were found in the trunk of Casey Anthony's car during forensic testing, the documents say.

              Last week, prosecutors announced they would not pursue the death penalty for Anthony. Earlier Thursday, before the remains were discovered, a judge had delayed her trial from January to March.

              A spokeswoman with the state attorney's office said it would reserve comment until the investigation was complete. Messages left with Caylee Anthony's grandparents and with Casey Anthony's lawyer were not immediately returned.

              Day Care Volunteer Out Of Jail Despite Pleading Guilty To Sex Assault On Five-Year-Old BoysVideo News DirectorWatch

              Day Care Volunteer Out Of Jail Despite Pleading Guilty To Sex Assault On Five-Year-Old Boys

              Monday December 8, 2008

              The shocking allegations terrified parents at a local day care centre back in April 2007.

              On Monday, their nightmares came true.

              Paul Thomas, 21, pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting two five-year-old boys during his time as a volunteer at Blevins Place Child Care Centre.

              But he won't serve any more time in jail. Instead, he's been released after being in custody for 20 months before his trial and will be on probation for the next three years. He will also have to submit a DNA sample to a national sex offender registry.

              While his freedom troubles some of the parents affected, most are grateful their kids won't be forced to talk in open court about what he now admits he did to them.

              "I think they were relieved when they found out their boys would not have to testify in Superior Court," agrees Crown Attorney  Jill Witken. "But this will always be with them and hopefully they're young enough that they won't remember it."
              Thomas's plea bargain won his release with time served. He's under strict conditions, including staying away from the daycare.  It's in the same building where he was living with his mother -  which is why he's now calling Seaton House his home.

              How did Thomas wind up at the day care facility in the first place? Child services workers point out that volunteers get routine criminal checks, and they're not supposed to be on their own with the kids.

              "We certainly do have a policy that it's our intention that children are not left alone with volunteers," Brenda Patterson, Children's Services, City of Toronto explained last year.

              Repeat Pedophile Picked Up Again In Mississauga

              Repeat Pedophile Picked Up Again In Mississauga

              Thursday November 27, 2008

              A man accused of repeated sexual crimes against children is once again in custody in the GTA.

              Brendon James Macneill was picked up Thursday morning in Mississauga, arrested for breaching a probation order which forbade him from having any communication with children under the age of 14.

              Peel Police also fear he's been communicating not just with kids in Toronto, but children across the country.

              An investigation into Macneill's most recent actions is underway, preventing police from elaborating any further on details pertaining to the case, including Macneill's preferred methods of interaction.

              There are reports, however, that the 37-year-old tried to lure a child over the Internet and a complaint was filed from somewhere in Nova Scotia.

              If you've had any contact with Macneill or know someone who has, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

              Peel Police Warn Of Dangerous Predator's Return To Mississauga

              9-Yr. Old Boy Abducted And Assaulted In Brampton As T.O. Cops Hunt Potential Child Predator Here

              Tuesday November 18, 2008

              It is every parent's worst nightmare.

              For one family, their child escaped.

              For another, help didn't come soon enough.

              Toronto Police are hunting a suspected abductor after an 11-year-old girl was accosted on her way back to school in the Beach on Tuesday, while a 9-year-old boy was kidnapped and sexually assaulted while going to class in Brampton 24 hours earlier.

              The worst of the two incidents took place Monday morning, when the child was walking to school and was overtaken by a man. The predator managed to get the youngster into a nearby home, where police say he was repeatedly sexually assaulted and held for up to 6 hours.

              The boy eventually got loose and ran home, telling his parents what happened. Soon after, police had a suspect in mind and in custody.

              Eighteen-year-old Lucas Petrini is facing numerous charges including kidnapping, sexual assault and possession of a weapon. Peel Police tell CityNews.ca the suspect isn't known to them and won't say exactly where it happened in the city to protect the youngster's identity. Petrini was apparently arrested at his home in Everett, Ontario, not far from Alliston. 

              They're also refusing to reveal who owned the home where the alleged crime took place or how the victim got away. The child wasn't physically harmed, but cops admit he's been badly traumatized by his experience.

              The suspect's hearing in a Brampton court has been put over until Wednesday.

              In the meantime, Toronto Police are dealing with a child abduction case of their own.

              It happened Tuesday afternoon, as an 11-year-old girl was returning from a late lunch to Balmy Beach Community School on Pine Ave., near Victoria Park and Queen St.

              The plucky little girl told police she was walking to class when a man in an SUV  pulled, up, stopped, opened the door and then tried to grab her from behind and force her into his vehicle.

              She bit him on the finger and when he let go, she ran, finally reaching safety and telling police what happened.

              The youngster and her mother spent several hours at 55 Division retelling her story (top left). But clues are scarce. The girl claims the man was wearing a dark coloured ski mask and the green car had tinted windows and a dent in the side.

              Cops spent several hours hunting for the suspect and his van, but so far, nothing has turned up.

              At first police weren't immediately ready to trust the child's story. But when adults and her friends both emphasized she wasn't the type to tell tales out of school, they began to take it much more seriously.

              "It is kind of scary since I'm like best friends with her, and like it's at our school," one of her classmates relates.
              "She's always with us, 24 hours a day. She's constantly with us," reveals Julie Stokes, whose child also goes to the school.

              Other parents are frightened by the news and are going to talk to their kids. "I'm alarmed. Totally alarmed," outlines parent Catherine Scoular. "You know, you try and streetproof your own children but you have to do more, I think."

              Students were told about the incident over the P.A., and teachers gave them an extra lesson in street safety.

              Does a Grade 6 student named Atara know what to do if a stranger comes her way? "If they're just walking past, ignore them, but if they say something to you, just say, like, 'I'm sorry, I  can't talk.' And then run."

              The school has sent a letter home outlining the situation and warning parents about streetproofing their kids. The text of the message is reproduced below.

              Dear Parents/Guardians:

              This afternoon, one of our students reported that she was approached by a stranger.  The man left his vehicle, a green van, and grabbed her from behind. The student managed to escape and reported this incident to the office. The Toronto Police Services was contacted and are investigating. They have also conducted a search of the area.

              The Toronto Police Services and Balmy Beach staff are increasing their vigilance during school hours. Staff are also reviewing with students the kinds of precautions they can take to safeguard themselves. As always, the safety of our students is a priority and we urge you to once again, reinforce with your children common street proofing and safety procedures. Below, you will find a helpful list for discussing street safety with your child(ren).
              Children should:

              • Always tell parents where they are.
              • Travel in groups with friends; numbers are safety.
              • Know it's okay to say "no" to an adult who wants them to do something that you have taught them is wrong, even if the adult is yelling at them.
              • Never approach or enter a stranger's car; adults have no acceptable reason to offer a ride or to ask children for directions or assistance.
              • Recognize suspicious behaviour, go to the nearest safe place and report it.
              • Scream and keep on screaming, kick and bite hard if someone grabs them.
              • Never accept gifts from strangers.
              • Know that police officers are friends.

              We are including a brief description of the individual: white male, wearing a black coat, pants and ski mask.

              If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.   

              Annemarie McKee
              Beach Community School

              Pine Avenue, Toronto, On

              Peel Police - Streetproofing Tips for Parents and Caregivers

              • Know who your children play with, where they go and what routes they take.
              • Do not leave your child in unsupervised locations, such as cars, parks, public washrooms, arenas, malls, and plazas.
              • Tell your children never to go anywhere with a stranger, take anything from a stranger, or talk to a stranger, unless they require help from a "safe" stranger. (police officer, firefighter, paramedic.)
              • Teach your child how and where to get help. In the event that they become separated from you or lost, tell them to seek help from a "safe" stranger, or find a public telephone and dial 9-1-1.
              • Develop a "what if" game for kids to get them thinking of how they would respond if they felt threatened.
              • Your child's body is private. Tell your child that no one may touch the area their bathing suit covers. If someone does or tries to touch them, they should advise you immediately.
              • Make up an emergency kit for your child. It should include information such as, emergency numbers, your number at work, medical information, and quarters for a pay phone. 
              • Teach your child to talk to you immediately when someone does anything that makes them uncomfortable. Listen when your children are trying to tell you about something that bothers them and provide them with support and understanding.

              Other tips:

              • Go with your child to the bus stop and meet them when they return from school.
              • Assist your child in setting up a buddy system instead of walking alone. Children should walk in groups of at least two.
              • Try to have it pre-arranged that if an emergency happens, a specific person your child already knows will pick them up.
              • Make sure the school has a list of people your child can be released to. This also applies to day camp, swimming lessons, and other activities.
              • Avoid having your child's name visible on his or her clothing, lunch boxes, and other belongings, as it advertises to everyone who they are. A stranger may read their name and call out to them, fooling your child into believing this person knows them.
              • Keep an up-to-date photograph, and other detailed information about your child on file at home, such as height, weight, scars and other specifics. Many police agencies have child identification kits available for this purpose, free of charge.
              • If you child becomes separated or you think they may be lost, DON'T panic. If you are in a store or mall, go to the nearest courtesy desk or ask for security. If you are at home, call their friends and notify police.
              • Watch for changes in your child's behaviour as it could indicate something is wrong: hesitation to go with certain people, loss of appetite, withdrawal, or aggressiveness.


              Sex Assault Suspect Turns Himself In

              Sex Assault Suspect Turns Himself In

              Thursday October 30, 2008

              More than two months after Peel Police began their investigation, they know have a suspect in custody.

              He's accused of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old boy at a local pool on August 22.

              In early September, officers were able to release a video taken just outside the change room at the South Common Community Centre, located at 2233 South Millway, Mississauga.

              That picture led to a flood of tips and on Tuesday, cops revealed his first name was Dale. Wednesday, the accused turned himself in.

              Officers from the Special Victims Unit have made an arrest in the alleged sexual assault of an 11 year-old boy.
              Dale Hewitt, 59, is charged with one count of Sexual Assault and one count of Sexual Interference. He's in police custody pending a bail hearing.

              If you can help, call the Special Victims Unit at 905-453-2121, ext. 3460, or Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

              Suspect Partially Identified In Sex Assault

              Cops Release Video Of Suspect In Sex Assault On Young Boy

              Man Arrested After Teenager Allegedly Forced Into Van And Sexually Assaulted

              Man Arrested After Teenager Allegedly Forced Into Van And Sexually Assaulted

              Thursday September 25, 2008

              Police arrested a 40-year-old suspect who allegedly forced a 17-year-old girl into a van and then sexually assaulted her in Oshawa this week.

              The young victim told police a van pulled up while she was walking on Wolfe Street in Oshawa Wednesday afternoon and the driver ordered her to get in the vehicle. When she refused the man allegedly grabbed her, forcing her hands behind her back, and forced her into the passenger seat.

              Authorities allege the man touched the girl inappropriately as he drove, but the victim managed to persuade him to let her go, telling him she was a student and needed to get to her co-op placement. She was left in a plaza near Taunton and Harmony Roads, where she called police.

              The suspect van was spotted in the same area later that day and cops arrested the driver.

              Kenneth Barrington Shaw, of Ajax, is charged with sexual assault and forcible confinement.

              Police want to ensure there are no other victims and are asking any one with information to contact them at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 5340 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.


              Matthew Hughes is seen leaving the University Avenue courthouse in June.

              Matthew Hughes is seen leaving the University Avenue courthouse in June.

              Toronto police Det. Const. Warren Bulmer said he would like to see tougher child exploitation laws in Canada.

              Toronto police Det. Const. Warren Bulmer said he would like to see tougher child exploitation laws in Canada.

              Defence lawyer Barry Goldman speaks to reporters outside the University Avenue courthouse on Wednesday, July 9, 2008.

              Defence lawyer Barry Goldman speaks to reporters outside the University Avenue courthouse on Wednesday, July 9, 2008.

              Former jail guard gets 15 months for child porn

              Updated: Wed Jul. 09 2008 6:22:06 PM


              A former Toronto jail guard and volunteer soccer coach who engaged in online chats and encouraged people to abuse children has been sentenced to 15 months in jail.

              Matthew Hughes, 28, pleaded guilty earlier this year to possession and distribution of child pornography.

              Police first arrested Hughes in December 2006 after an online sex worker in the U.S. with whom he was chatting, called local authorities after witnessing what she believed was Hughes abusing a young girl live.

              Toronto police later said the abuse the woman had witnessed was a video Hughes had received from someone else.

              However, officers found dozens of child pornography images on Hughes' computer, along with tens of thousands of pages of chat logs.

              In one conversation, Hughes encouraged a woman to abuse her three-old granddaughter and nine-year-old granddaughter in front of a webcam so he could watch, and the woman did, according to an agreed statement of facts.

              Superior Court Justice David McCombs called the behaviour "chilling and unspeakably depraved."

              Hughes was credited for 51 days of pre-trial custody, leaving him to serve 11 1 /2 months.

              Det. Const. Warren Bulmer said he would like to see tougher child exploitation laws in Canada, noting Hughes would be "looking at a sentence ranging from 10 to 20 years" if he was sentenced in the U.S.

              However, defence lawyer Barry Goldman called Bulmer's statement an exaggeration.

              "The one lady the judge referred to today who molested her own grandchildren got 15 months," he said.

              Goldman added his client is remorseful for his actions and is undergoing psychiatric treatment. Hughes is also considering a career in social work when he is released from jail.

              Hughes will be on probation for three years after he serves his sentence. During this time, he is banned from using a computer for personal use, surfing the Internet or owning a digital camera.

              He will also be on the sex offender registry for 10 years.

              With a report from CTV Toronto's Chris Eby

              Man Accused Of Trying To Lure Local Girl Gets Big Shock At Kingston Bus Station

              Man Accused Of Trying To Lure Local Girl Gets Big Shock At Kingston Bus Station

              Wednesday June 25, 2008

              A Kingston man received the shock of his life on Tuesday, after he allegedly went to meet a 13-year-old girl at a local bus station - and found Durham Regional Police waiting for him instead.

              The 25-year-old has been charged with Internet luring after an elaborate sting that started in April. The Port Perry youngster had been chatting online with a man when she received a frightening invitation: he wanted her to get on board a bus and travel down to Kingston to meet him for a sexual interlude.

              The girl's parents discovered the lewd invite and called police. They decided to take up the offer in a way the writer never intended. An undercover cop began writing the suspect back, and established a further relationship with him over the course of the past few months, finally pinning down a meeting place, in this case the Kingston bus station.

              When the man arrived, there was no sign of the girl, but his 'correspondent' was waiting for him. He was placed under arrest and charged with a host of offences, including luring, attempted sexual assault and invitation to sexual touching.

              Peter James Goudreau was in an Oshawa courtroom on Wednesday, and is being held for a bail hearing. Local Kingston cops searched his home and have seized two computers displaying what they'll only term "a quantity of storage media" on it.

              But this case is far from over. Police allege the accused was in contact with a large number of other young girls throughout the U.S. and Canada and they want to know what he said to them.

              He used the screen name "theleprecahun16ster" and if that moniker turns up anywhere on one of your home PCs, they're hoping you'll call them at 1-888-579-1520 (ext. 5363).




              Small Town Trying To Live Down 'Sex Shows' Starring Drugged Out Children

              Small Town Trying To Live Down 'Sex Shows' Starring Drugged Out Children

              Monday June 23, 2008

              Mineola, Texas is a typically small conservative U.S. town, filled with more than 30 churches. But what prosecutors say happened in that rural hamlet is anything but typical. In fact, it's more like something out of a nightmare.

              As the trial of Patrick Kelly (top left) begins this week at the local courthouse, it revives memories of a terrible taint the place with a population of just 5,100 may never live down. He's accused of participating in a "show" that used drugs and the innocence of children to have them perform sexual acts in front of adults.

              And these aren't rumours. Prosecutors have already put two people away for life in the disturbing case, and now Kelly, one of six accused, will get his day in court.

              The case began when investigators discovered something strange going on in the windowless rooms of the local daycare centre. Authorities say those behind the scheme would give five youngsters - including three siblings, ages 12, 10 and 7 - powerful Vicodin painkillers the kids knew as "silly pills" to drive down their inhibitions and resistance.

              They would then be told to stage sex shows once a week for the 50-100 people who gathered inside the brightly coloured yellow building. Residents were aware there was a so-called "swingers" club in town, and looked on with a kind of live-and-let-live disgust.

              But no one knew there were children involved.

              The "shows" went on for at least a year, before one of the girls told their foster mother about dancing with men, while another child giggled innocently that "everybody does nasty stuff in there." Cops began investigating, discovered the disgusting truth and the place was immediately shut down.

              It took a jury less than five minutes to find the original duo charged in this case guilty. Both were given life sentences. Prosecutors are hoping Kelly's trial is just as swift.

              The 41-year-old has pleaded not guilty in the shocking crime and claims a polygraph proves he's telling the truth. He's charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child, tampering with physical evidence and engaging in organized criminal activity.

              In a horrifying coda to this case, the siblings involved were given over to a foster family after the abuse, and now their new stepfather has been charged with sexually assaulting a child in California 18 years ago. He also proclaims his innocence.

              In the meantime, the small town where everyone knows everyone else is still trying to recover from the terrible scandal. The scene of the crime has been purchased and the new owners are planning to turn it into yet another church.

              But whether congregants will flock to a place with such a tarnished reputation is far from certain. "You got to decide whether you're willing to forgive those kind of things," Rev. Tim Letsch concedes. "It's a hard deal. Especially for a spiritual person to walk in and say, 'This happened here.'"

              Photo courtesy: Smith County Sheriff's Office

              Porn Trial Suspended After Similar Material Found On Presiding Judge's Website

              Porn Trial Suspended After Similar Material Found On Presiding Judge's Website

              Thursday June 12, 2008

              Judge Alex Kozinski (left) is used to hearing the stories of accused suspects. But now it's the jurist himself who's in the public spotlight. The reason? The chief judge of the U.S.'s largest federal appeals court was hearing the case of a man accused of selling movies featuring bestiality and other extreme fetishes, when a revelation about him stopped the trial cold.

              It turns out the judge has his own website - and it features some of the kinds of clips that the man before him is accused of spreading. Reports surfaced that Kozinki's slice of web heaven offered a video of a man cavorting with a sexually aroused farm animal.

              The jurist explains he was under the impression the more sensitive parts of his site weren't available for the public to see.

              He was wrong.

              "Is it prurient? I don't know what to tell you," the 57-year-old told the Los Angeles Times about the content. "I think it's odd and interesting. It's part of life."

              The news has forced the judge to suspend the trial, giving lawyers for the suspect a chance to argue he should recuse himself.

              It's a bizarre comedown for a man who's known to be an excellent jurist and a respected legal scholar. But Kozinski's sometimes forceful and strange quirks are well known. He once won the girl on the "Dating Game" in 1968, after greeting the contestant from behind a screen with the phrase, "good afternoon, flower of my heart."

              He writes video game reviews for the Wall Street Journal.

              And he recently disabled a firewall in a courtroom that was designed to block porn on government computers, just to make a point about freedom.

              He works 80 hours a week and fires off emails to law clerks at 3 in the morning.

              A spokesperson for the maverick judge claims most of what was posted on his site was for family use only and his son insists he put up some of the material. But it appears the computer expert-jurist somehow accidentally made the more secret sections public while trying to upload something else.

              The site had a message discouraging visitors, with a warning reading "Ain't nothin' here. Y'all best be movin' on, compadre." It's believed several other items - including a picture of nude women on all fours painted to look like cows, have been deleted and access to the site itself has since been blocked.

              So far the judge has refused to comment publicly about the embarrassing revelations. "I'm not going to say anything," is all he'll offer. "The trial is ongoing."

              But maybe not for much longer.

              Photo credit: Paul Sakuma-Pool/Getty Images



              Five-Year Anniversary Of Holly Jones's DisappearanceWatchVideo News DirectorWatch

              Five-Year Anniversary Of Holly Jones's Disappearance

              Monday May 12, 2008

              It's a day many Torontonians will never forget - one that prompted parents to hold their children a little tighter.

              It was five years ago Monday that 10-year-old Holly Jones disappeared from her west end neighbourhood as she walked home from a friend's house in the Bloor and Perth Avenue area. After a short and frantic search the youngster's remains were discovered the next day on the shores of the Toronto Island.

              Nearly a month after her disappearance, 35-year-old software developer Michael Briere was arrested and charged with first-degree murder. He pleaded guilty at his trial in 2004 and admitted that he viewed child pornography on a regular basis, including on the night he kidnapped Holly. He received an automatic life sentence with no chance for parole for 25 years.

              The Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club is hosting the annual Butterfly Walk Monday in memory of Holly. The group has invited the public to join in the event that happens between 6pm and 8pm, where kids will create paper butterflies and retrace Holly's last steps from her friend's house to her home on Sterling Avenue. Participants are asked to meet at the Perth Avenue Parkettte.

              Since her death, two murals have been created in Holly's memory, one at the Perth Parkette and a second at Sorauren Park.

              The Holly Jones Case: A Timeline

              May 12, 2003
              Holly Jones is visiting a girlfriend in her Bloor West and Perth Ave. neighbourhood, when it begins to get dark. She starts to walk home, but never arrives.

              As the ten year-old's family waits and worries, police issue an Amber Alert for the girl, hoping someone in the neighbourhood has seen her.

              May 13, 2003
              As Holly's parents make a public and heart wrenching appeal for information about their daughter, police make a disturbing discovery off the Toronto Islands - two bags are found on the shoreline containing body parts.

              It doesn't take investigators long to confirm the worst possible news - the remains are those of the missing girl. Cops plead with anyone who saw a stranger lugging heavy bags down in the area to come forward. But it appears Holly's killer somehow escaped unseen.

              May 14, 2003
              Police release pictures of the bags and two dumbbells used to weigh them down, hoping someone will recognize them.

              May 15, 2003
              Investigators scour Holly's neighbourhood, looking for the clothes she may have been wearing that night. They appeal for the hotline to keep ringing with clues.

              May 16, 2003
              The search narrows to two men seen on a ferry heading toward the Island on the day of Holly's murder. Only one steps forward, and is declared cleared by police. The other remains unknown.

              Police warn the killer he left a large amount of evidence behind, and they won't stop until they find him.

              May 19, 2003
              A week after Holly's disappearance, nearly 1,700 phone tips have been received. But the one that cracks the case has yet to come in.

              May 20, 2003
              A heartbreaking day sees the high and mighty - from Mayor Mel Lastman and Premier Ernie Eves - to the ordinary citizen attending the child's funeral at St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church. An ocean of tears accompanies the service.

              May 21, 2003
              As police search through garbage for evidence, authorities begin a controversial voluntary program of taking DNA from men who live in the area of the crime. Only a few refuse. One turns out to be a computer software developer named Michael Briere.

              June, 2003
              As the first month anniversary of Holly's murder approaches, her neighbourhood goes on high alert. A series of attempted abductions in the area increases parental vigilance and puts already frayed nerves even more on edge. Some vow to move out as soon as they can.

              June 20, 2003
              In a story that broke on Breakfast Television, police confirm they've made an arrest in Holly's murder. He's Michael Briere, an area resident who lives directly on the route Holly would have taken to go home.

              June-July 2003
              Police set up a huge tarp outside Briere's apartment, and spend weeks ripping the interior apart in their hunt for evidence. When they finally leave, cryptic cops will only hint they found a lot of what they were looking for.

              May, 11 2004
              The first candlelight vigil for the girl is held the night before the anniversary of her death.

              June 17, 2004
              As rumours swirl that Briere wants to save the Jones family the 'agony of a trial', the accused pleads guilty to first degree murder in a Toronto courtroom.

              Briere explains he'd been looking at child pornography on his computer the night he committed the crime, and decided to abduct Holly on an impulse. He'd never been in trouble with the law before. He receives an automatic life sentence.


              Ont. Court Dismisses Challenge To Sex Offender Registry

              Ont. Court Dismisses Challenge To Sex Offender Registry

              Friday April 25, 2008

              A challenge to the province's sex offender registry was tossed out in Ontario's top court Friday.

              A Kitchener, Ont. man had complained that the registry violated his constitutional rights after he was charged for failing to provide authorities with his change of address.

              The court ruled that the program may well infringe on the freedoms of an offender, but the public's right to safety is more important.

              The registry was set-up in 2001 to help police keep tabs on sex offenders and includes their names, dates of birth, current and historical addresses, photos and other details. Critics say it encompasses too many criminals and that it's wrong to lump what some consider to be minor offenders in with dangerous pedophiles and rapists.

              As of November 2007, 7,909 sex offenders were listed on the registry.

              Friday's ruling came just days after the provincial government passed changes into law that give authorities more power to monitor convicts in the community. Those who are serving time in the community must now register and the registry must now be notified whenever a sex offender is in the community, even temporarily.

              Before Wednesday's changes, those offenders only had to register once they were released from custody or upon conviction, if not given a custodial sentence.


              Robert Norman Smith was charged after Toronto police searched his home.

              Robert Norman Smith was charged after Toronto police searched his home.

              Beer actor says rights violated in child porn case

              Updated: Thu Apr. 10 2008 5:31:33 PM

              The Canadian Press

              TORONTO — A potentially precedent-setting Internet privacy case involving a one-time beer commercial actor charged with child porn offences is set to hear arguments tomorrow.

              Robert Norman Smith played an angry Scotsman in ads for Alexander Keith's beer until he was charged in 2006 with two counts of possession of child pornography and one of making it available over the Internet.

              As his trial was set to begin this week, his lawyer launched a constitutional challenge of the search warrant that led to his arrest.

              Cindy Wasser said her client's privacy was violated when Internet provider Bell Canada gave his name and address to Toronto police.

              The action is believed to be the first Ontario Superior Court challenge of its kind.

              Lawyers spent today arguing whether a key defence witness could be considered an expert in computer forensics and peer-to-peer networks.

              Justice Robert Clark is expected to decide tomorrow whether to accept Russ Doucet's evidence, then hear submissions on the search warrant.

              Police allege Smith's computer contained more than 200 images of graphic sex involving children as young as a year old.

              How To Protect Your Kids From Internet PredatorsWatchVideo News DirectorWatch

              How To Protect Your Kids From Internet Predators

              Tuesday February 12, 2008

              Fifteen seconds. That's how long it takes for a cop posing as a child to be approached by an online predator.

              Detective Constable Chris Purchase works as an undercover officer with the Toronto Police Child Exploitation Unit. He's found that a web cam is typically turned on 35 to 45 seconds into the conversaton. Very often the predator is performing a sexual act, which they are broadcasting on someone they believe is as young as 12. And parents are completely unaware. "It's amazing how many parents have no idea what their children are doing online," Purchase says.

              "Predators, offenders are very good. They're very, very sly at being able to recognize the weaknesses and the cracks in a child, and the predators are very good at being able to fill those gaps," adds Inspector Andy Stewart of the Ontario Provincial Police.

              There may not be much you can do to stop a child predator from collecting disgusting images of children in sexual situations. As the new figures from the OPP prove, there are already too many of them operating in the shadows.

              But while police work hard to shine a light into this disturbing darkness, there are some things to tell your children before they go on the Internet to stop them from being added to the collection.

              Among them:

              -Never allow them to give their personal information to someone in a chat room. In fact, they shouldn't even be using their real name or age. If they're on a site that allows for picture identification, be sure they use an avatar. And tell them under no circumstances are they to ever reveal their address, their phone number or where they go to school.

              -If they want to post a personal diary on a site like Facebook, make sure it's a private one, open only to friends they know. But even that's no guarantee. Predators troll the profiles, looking for potential victims. Until they're a certain age, you may want to keep them off such sites entirely.

              -Tell them to tell you about any online harassment or any messages that make them feel uncomfortable. It's a virtual world, but it's still filled with plenty of real life villains.

              -Remind them that anything they post online is permanent. Changing their profile doesn't delete old copies of it. Anything they say or have said in the past can be accessed by others, as a permanent record.

              -Childhood is a trusting time. You know people aren't always who they say they are. They may not. It may diminish their outlook slightly, but it's too valuable a lesson not to teach them.

              -Make them promise they'll never agree to meet anyone they contacted online. Most child predators pose as kids the same age, and know all the lingo. They gradually gain trust before suggesting they 'get together' with your child.

              -Be sure to always monitor what you child is doing online, including who he or she is chatting with and what sites they're looking at. There are large numbers of software programs that allow you to block different web addresses or prevent them from going to places where inappropriate words you specify appear. Most aren't expensive and can be very effective, acting as a second safeguard.

              If you suspect someone has made inappropriate contact with your child, call the Toronto Police Child Exploitation Section at (416) 808-8500.

              Source: Toronto Police Child Exploitation Section

              Frequently Asked Questions About Child Exploitation

              Which children are most at risk?

              • New online and unfamiliar with Netiquette
              • Actively seeking attention/affection
              • Rebellious
              • Isolated or lonely
              • Curious
              • Confused regarding sexual identity
              • Easily tricked by adults
              • Allured by subcultures outside of parents' world

              How can you tell if a child is being targeted?

              Here some clues that may indicate that a child has been targeted by an online predator:

              • A child or teen spends large amounts of time online
              • Most children who fall victim to online predators spend a lot of time online, particularly in chat rooms. In such cases, parents should monitor how much time is spent online, and in what activities.
              • You find pornography on the family computer.Predators often use pornography to sexually victimize children-often supplying it as a way to open sexual discussions with potential victims. Child pornography may be used to convince a child victim that adults having sex with children is "normal." Parents should be aware that a child may hide pornographic files on diskettes, especially if the
                computer is used by other family members.
              • A child or teen receives phone calls from people you don't know; or makes calls to numbers you don't recognize-sometimes long distance.Online predators may try to contact young people to engage in "phone sex," or to try to set up a real-world meeting. If kids are hesitant to give out their home phone number, online sex offenders will give out theirs. Some have even obtained toll-free 1-800 numbers, so their potential victims can call them without their parents finding out. Others will tell the child to call collect-and then, with Caller ID, they can easily find out the child's phone number.
              • A child or teen receives mail, gifts, or packages from someone you don't know. It's common for offenders to send letters, photographs, and all manner of gifts to their potential victims. Computer-sex offenders have even sent plane tickets to try to entice a child or teen to travel across the country to meet them.
              • A child or teen becomes withdrawn from family and friends; or quickly turns the computer monitor off or changes the screen if an adult comes into the room.Online predators work hard to drive wedges between kids and their families, often exaggerating any minor problems at home. Sexually victimized children often become withdrawn and depressed. And if kids are avoiding their friends or skipping classes, they may be attempting to meet with a predator.
              • A child is using someone else's online account. Even kids who don't have access to the Internet at home may meet an offender while online at a friend's house or the library. Predators will sometimes provide their victims with a computer account, so they can communicate with them.

              What can you do if a child is being targeted?

              • You should contact your local police immediately if an online correspondent sends a young person child pornography or sexually explicit images; and especially if a young person is actually sexually solicited.
              • Check your computer for pornographic files or any kind of sexual communications-these can be warning signs.
              • Monitor the child's access to all live electronic communications, such as chat rooms, instant messages, and email. Online predators almost always meet potential victims in chat rooms at first, and then continue communicating with them electronically via email.

              Toronto Police Launch Online Sexual Predator Awareness ProgramWatchVideo News DirectorWatch

              Toronto Police Launch Online Sexual Predator Awareness Program

              Saturday November 17, 2007

              Experts insist thousands of sexual predators are lurking online at all times, and with that in mind on Saturday Toronto Police launched a new program aimed at teaching kids how to keep themselves safe on the Internet.

              "The Internet, although a great resource, can also be a very dangerous place and predators have learned that they can exploit young people in that environment," said Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair.

              And ways to prevent just that were the focus of Saturday's event, where cops, kids and community groups launched the "Every Keystroke Has a Consequence" web safety campaign at the 11th Annual Community Police Conference.

              "In working with teens over the last year we've found from them that they seem to feel fairly comfortable with the Internet safety information that's available," said Det. Sgt. Kim Scanlan with the Toronto Police Child Exploitation and Sex Crimes Unit. "But they needed more help in how to report when something happens."

              Part of the campaign is a partnership with website Cybertip.ca, which is the first national tip site for reporting the sexual exploitation of children online.

              Just last month the Internet helped police in a global manhunt for an alleged pedophile. Canadian Christopher Neil was eventually arrested in Thailand and faces child sex abuse charges.

              Canada made it a criminal offence to use the Internet to lure or exploit children for sexual purposes in 2002, but it's important to note that only relates to children under the age of consent, which is currently 14.

              Here are some things parents and kids should know about the dangers in the online world (courtesy of the Media Awareness Network):

              How Do Predators Work?

              Online Predators Are Usually:

              • Male
              • Seductive
              • Introverted
              • Sadistic
              • Sexually Indiscriminate

              According to the Media Awareness Network, predators often try to seduce victims with affection, compliments, and even gifts and they're often willing to spend a lot of time and money on this process.

              They'll try to lower a young person's inhibitions by gradually introducing sexual talk.

              But there are others who will try to engage a victim in explicit conversation right away and could include online harassment or stalking.

              What Children Are At Risk?

              • New online and unfamiliar with Netiquette
              • Actively seeking attention/affection
              • Rebellious
              • Isolated or lonely
              • Curious
              • Confused regarding sexual identity
              • Easily tricked by adults
              • Allured by subcultures outside of parents' world

              How can parents minimize the risk of a child becoming a victim?

              • Talk to your kids about sexual predators and potential online dangers.
              • Young children shouldn't use chat rooms, period-the dangers are too great. As children get older, steer them towards well-monitored chat rooms for kids. Even teens should be encouraged to use monitored chat rooms.
              • Instruct your children to never leave the public area of a chat room. Many chat rooms offer private areas where users can have one-on-one conversations.
              • If your children participate in chat rooms, make it your business to know what chat rooms they visit and who they talk to. Monitor the chat areas yourself to see what kind of conversations are going on.
              • Keep the computer with Internet access in a common area of the house, never in a child's bedroom. It's much more difficult for a predator to establish a relationship with your child if the computer screen is easily visible to parents and other household members.
              • When your children are young, they should share the family email address rather than having their own email accounts. As they get older, you can ask your ISP to set up a separate email address, but kids' mail should still reside in your account.
              • Teach your children never to respond to instant messaging or emails from strangers.
              • For places outside your area of supervision-such as the public library, school, or friend's homes-find out what computer safeguards are used.
              • If all precautions fail and your kids do encounter an online predator, remember that they're not to blame in any way. The offender always bears the complete responsibility for his actions.

              How can kids minimize the risk of being victimized?
              They should:

              • Never download images from an unknown source, as they could be sexually explicit.
              • Tell an adult immediately if anything happens online that makes them feel uncomfortable or frightened.
              • Choose a gender-neutral nickname.
              • Never reveal personally identifiable information (including age and gender) online.
              • Post the family online agreement by the computer to remind them to protect their privacy on the Internet.

              How can you tell if a child is being targeted?
              Here some clues that may indicate that a child has been targeted by an online predator:

              • A child or teen spends large amounts of time online
              • Most children who fall victim to online predators spend a lot of time online, particularly in chat rooms. In such cases, parents should monitor how much time is spent online, and in what activities.
              • You find pornography on the family computer
              • Predators often use pornography to sexually victimize children-often supplying it as a way to open sexual discussions with potential victims. Child pornography may be used to convince a child victim that adults having sex with children is "normal." Parents should be aware that a child may hide pornographic files on diskettes, especially if the computer is used by other family members. For information on how to find Web files, videos or images stored on your computer, see Tracking Where Kids Have Been Online.
              • A child or teen receives phone calls from people you don't know; or makes calls to numbers you don't recognize-sometimes long distance.
              • Online predators may try to contact young people to engage in "phone sex," or to try to set up a real-world meeting. If kids are hesitant to give out their home phone number, online sex offenders will give out theirs. Some have even obtained toll-free 1-800 numbers, so their potential victims can call them without their parents finding out. Others will tell the child to call collect-and then, with Caller ID, they can easily find out the child's phone number.
              • A child or teen receives mail, gifts, or packages from someone you don't know.
              • It's common for offenders to send letters, photographs, and all manner of gifts to their potential victims. Computer-sex offenders have even sent plane tickets to try to entice a child or teen to travel across the country to meet them.
              • A child or teen becomes withdrawn from family and friends; or quickly turns the computer monitor off or changes the screen if an adult comes into the room.
              • Online predators work hard to drive wedges between kids and their families, often exaggerating any minor problems at home. Sexually victimized children often become withdrawn and depressed. And if kids are avoiding their friends or skipping classes, they may be attempting to meet with a predator.
              • A child is using someone else's online account
              • Even kids who don't have access to the Internet at home may meet an offender while online at a friend's house or the library. Predators will sometimes provide their victims with a computer account, so they can communicate with them.

              What can you do if a child is being targeted?

              • You should contact your local police immediately if an online correspondent sends a young person child pornography or sexually explicit images; and especially if a young person is actually sexually solicited.
              • Check your computer for pornographic files or any kind of sexual communications-these can be warning signs.
              • Monitor the child's access to all live electronic communications, such as chat rooms, instant messages, and email. Online predators almost always meet potential victims in chat rooms at first, and then continue communicating with them electronically via email.

              For more information, click here.


              Cops Warn Parents After Man Tries To Grab 10-Yr.-Old Girl

              Cops Warn Parents After Man Tries To Grab 10-Yr.-Old Girl

              Tuesday September 25, 2007

              It is the kind of incident every parent fears - the attempted abduction of a child. Authorities are on the lookout for a suspect after police say someone tried to take a young girl by force as she walked to school in North York Tuesday morning.

              The 10-year-old was on her way to class in the Caledonia and Lawrence Ave. area around 8:20am  when a man she'd never seen reportedly came up behind her, grabbed her by the arm and grunted "Come with me!" When she refused, the man repeated his demand and the pair began to struggle.

              She fortunately was able to break free and did the right thing, running with all her might toward the protection of her school, where she sought out her teacher and told her what happened.

              The youngster was scared but observant and was able to get a good look at the guy she claims tried to carry her off. He's described as:

              • White,
              • 30,
              • 5'8",
              • Moustache and goatee,
              • Grey/green eyes
              • Mole on his face beside his nose.

              But the best clue may be his odd hair. The child recalls a man with short brown hair that had some kind of brown item woven into one side. She especially remembers that the second shade of brown was different from the first. 

              His car was a light-to-medium-blue, late-model Chrysler 300 with "spinners" on the wheels and a distinctive decal in the driver's side rear window of a female wearing a bandana on her head.

              Both the clues and the descriptions are more detailed than cops usually get in these kinds of cases, and they're hoping they lead to an arrest before the suspect tries to carry out his dangerous mission on someone else.

              Call (416) 808-1300 if this guy sounds familiar.

              Parents are reminded to teach their kids the lessons of streetproofing and what to do if they're approached by a stranger for any reason. For some practical tips they should know, click here and here.


              Ex-cop to testify at Cornwall sex abuse inquiry

              The Canadian Press

              CORNWALL, Ont. — A former Cornwall, Ont., police officer who cleared the way for the Project Truth inquiry is expected to begin his testimony today.

              Perry Dunlop's independent investigations led to allegations of children being sexually assaulted by prominent community members.

              After a lengthy investigation, police laid 114 charges against 15 high-profile men, including doctors, lawyers and priests. But police later said they found no evidence of a pedophile ring and the Project Truth inquiry began in February 2006 to probe the investigation.

              Dunlop's name has often surfaced at the inquiry from witnesses testifying about abuse they allegedly suffered from authority figures.

              Many said they had some contact with Dunlop and his wife as Dunlop conducted an investigation into the allegations. Some have suggested the former cop tried to embellish and even fabricate evidence.

              Dunlop was charged under the Police Services Act but later exonerated for disclosing evidence of a payoff by the local Roman Catholic diocese to a sexual abuse victim in exchange for silence

              Steve Parisien, 47, claims to have been abused as a child in the 1960s.

              Steve Parisien, 47, claims to have been abused as a child in the 1960s.

              Peter Englemann, the commission's lead counsel

              Peter Englemann, the commission's lead counsel

              Cornwall child abuse inquiry finally begins

              CTV.ca News Staff

              An inquiry started Monday in the eastern Ontario city of Cornwall to examine how authorities had investigated a purported ring of pedophiles over the decades.

              Rumours in the town have existed since the late 1950s of a group of well-connected pedophiles operating in the city on the St. Lawrence River, about an hour's drive south of Ottawa.

              "This has been going on for decades and nothing was ever done about it. And the hierarchy in our community allowed this to go on," said Steve Parisien, 47, who claims to have been abused as a child in the 1960s.

              Participants allegedly included doctors, lawyers and Roman Catholic priests.

              There have also been allegations of police cover-ups, death threats and suicide.

              The scandal became public in 1992 when a former altar boy made allegations he'd been abused by two Catholic priests in the 1960s.

              The Alexandria-Cornwall Roman Catholic Diocese paid the man $32,000. He stopped co-operation with police, and the investigation was dropped.

              But a former police officer leaked information to the Children's Aid Society, which made it public. More victims came forward.

              A years-long police investigation code-named Project Truth followed. Police laid 114 charges against 15 men in 1998.

              However, only three cases made it to court, with one man pleading guilty in 2001. Two men committed suicide. The last case was stayed in October 2004.

              Police said they found no evidence that a pedophile ring operated in Cornwall.

              "There's a cloud hanging over this city, over this area, about what happened the last 20, 30, 40 years," said Peter Englemann, the commission's lead counsel.

              The inquiry, headed by Mr. Justice Norman Glaude, will try and lift that cloud, looking into both the accusations and how they were handled by the justice system.

              The judge said the hearings will be a "lengthy and sometimes difficult process.

              "It takes courage to come forward and to speak in a public venue about painful, past events .... The need for healing and closure exists, no matter what did or did not happen in Cornwall," he said.

              Some lawyers like David Bennett say many victims are still afraid to come forward because of how Parisien and other victims were treated.

              "People were abused by different institutions and when they went to report, they weren't believed and they were victimized again."

              For the city, the inquiry comes at an awful time. A major employer is closing next month, wiping out 1,000 jobs in the process. Some feat that more negative headlines will make it harder to attract new business.

              "It's almost like an illness," said Mayor Phil Poirier. However, "this inquiry is supposed to bring this to a head and hopefully, with time, bring closure," he said.

              The hearings, to be held in an abandoned cotton mill, are expected to last a year.

              If more victims come forward, it's possible there could be more criminal charges.

              "Sometimes when people come forward and talk about child sexual abuse it gives others who may have experienced that courage or encouragement to come forward, so we may see new allegations," Engelmann said.

              With a report from CTV's Roger Smith

              Toronto Police Service

              Man facing child porn charges after computer seized

              Canadian Press

              TORONTO — A man from Richmond Hill, Ont., is facing child pornography charges following a police search at his home.

              Police say officers seized a computer tower and various other types of digital media at the home north of Toronto today.

              The man was arrested at his residence.

              Police allege he possessed child pornography and posted it on the Internet, where it was accessible to the public.

              Paul Hausman, 49, has been charged with possession of child pornography and making it available.

              He is in custody and expected to appear in a Newmarket, Ont., court today.

              Brampton Teacher Charged With Innapropriate Conduct And Contact With Student

              Wednesday August 29, 2007

              A 36-year-old Brampton teacher has been hit with charges of inappropriate conduct and contact with a student.

              Massimiano Tallarico of Woodbridge is accused of having online correspondence with a 13-year-old victim, sending emails that contained sexual material.  Peel police also allege he inappropriately touched the victim on several occasions between September 2002 and June 2003. 

              Tallarico was arrested on Tuesday and has since been released from custody. He's scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Brampton on October 1, 2007.


              Child Predator Convicted For Attempted School Abduction In NewmarketWatchVideo News DirectorWatch

              Child Predator Convicted For Attempted School Abduction In Newmarket

              Friday August 24, 2007

              Parents in York Region breathed sighs of relief Friday, after a child predator was removed from their community with a string of convictions.

              Matthew Byers, 31, could spend the rest of his life behind bars, and will face sentencing on September 17th on charges including attempted murder, attempted kidnapping and possession of child pornography.

              "He was obviously very much a danger to the children, this individual certainly was a risk," said Det. Greg Connolly of the York Regional Police Sexual Assault Bureau.

              "The proximity to the schoolyard where he was located ... he was a great threat."

              Byers was initially arrested in 2005 after he was found by cops in a wooded area near a Newmarket school with a backpack filled with electrical wiring, duct tape and child porn. An investigation led police to believe he had plans to kidnap a young girl and it was alleged he also broke into the home of another girl in April of the same year.

              Now, just days before the new school year begins, parents that lived near where the child stalker once lurked say they couldn't be more relieved.

              "I'm glad that there was a conviction, and that this person will get the help that they need," said mother Helga Mays.


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              Man Helps Authorities Catch Alleged Online Predator

              Monday August 20, 2007

              A baby-sitter is being credited with protecting a 9-year-old girl from an online predator.

              Hailey was innocently playing on a popular children's web page when a predator lured her to an M.S.N. chat site where the conversation quickly turned sexual.

              "First he was all nice and everything, but then after awhile he got kind of nasty," Haley explained.

              Fortunately her caregiver, Jason, looked over her shoulder and saw the sexual nature of the man's comments.

              "I couldn't believe that it was actually happening to somebody that I know," he said.  "I mean you hear about it, right, but it's like I said, you don't know how much of a shock it is until it actually happens to you."

              Incredibly, Jason kept his cool, and that's how the story takes a dramatic turn.

              Jason decided he was going to lure the person who was luring Hailey. He sat down at the computer and pretended to be her. At the same time, he was on the phone calling the police. When they arrived a short time later, the suspect had exposed himself and was performing a sexual act live on web cam.

              Police were able to trace the suspect's computer and within minutes an undercover officer got on-line, posing as a 13-year-old girl.

              Within half an hour, a suspect, believed to be the same person that was chatting with Hailey, was sending live web cam video performing a sexual act in front of police.

              The suspect's computer was traced to Moncton, New Brunswick, so the R.C.M.P. were called. They moved to make an arrest within hours, only to find the suspect had moved to Nova Scotia, where he was later arrested.

              A 20-year-old man now faces charges of luring.

              Here's a checklist parents, teens and kids can use to test how web savvy they are - and what they need to learn to keep the bad guys out:

              Checklist for parents
              (The preferred answer is 'yes'. But if you respond with a no, you should reconsider how you're monitoring your kids online.)

              Are you involved in your kids' online activities? Do you know what they are doing and who they are talking to when they are on the Internet?

              Does your family have a set of rules or an agreement for appropriate Internet use?

              Do your kids know to ask permission before submitting any personal information online? This includes: when using e-mail, chat rooms or instant messaging, filling out registration forms and personal profiles, and entering online contests.

              Do you try to not be too critical of your kids' activities on the Net and use their Internet experiences as an opportunity to discuss inappropriate content, trust and responsibility?

              Do you make Internet use a family activity by guiding your kids to good sites and teaching them how to do safe, effective searches?

              Have you taught your kids not to believe everything they read online and to check online information with an adult or with another source?

              If your child accesses the Internet from school or your local library, are you familiar with their acceptable use policies?

              Do you look at the privacy policies on the commercial Web sites your kids visit to check what kind of personal information is gathered and if it may be sold to another party?

              To make your monitoring job easier, have you placed your connected computer in a well-used public area of your house, such as a family room or kitchen?

              If your child has her/his own Web site, have you checked to make sure it doesn't contain personal information that will identify her or him?

              Have you talked to your kids about responsible online behaviour? Do they understand that stealing from Web sites, downloading pirated software, making online threats and
              hacking are illegal activities?

              Checklist for teens
              (The preferred answer is 'yes'. Any 'no' responses should have you reconsidering your actions.)

              I know how to protect my privacy on the Internet by not sharing personal details in chatrooms, newsgroups or instant messaging. This includes my name, gender, age, address, e-mail address, telephone number, picture, credit card information or passwords.

              I talk to my parents about what I'm doing online and who I chat with.

              I read the privacy policies on Web sites before filling out online registration or contest forms to make sure they will not be sharing my information.

              If I encounter disturbing material or harassing messages online, I don't respond. I tell a parent or another adult and my Internet Service Provider.

              If I am planning to meet an online acquaintance in real life, I get permission from a parent first. I arrange the meeting for a public place and I don't go alone.

              I try to confirm that online information is correct by finding out more about the author and by checking it against other sources.

              I respect others online. I never "flame" or insult others or spread gossip.

              I know the following activities are illegal and I don't practice them: hacking, making physical threats and downloading pirated software.

              I respect copyright by not stealing from other Web sites or using plagiarized material for homework assignments.

              I check with my parents before making financial transactions online, including purchasing, ordering or selling anything.

              Checklist for kids
              (The preferred response is 'yes'. If your kids give a 'no' talk to them about what they should - and shouldn't be doing online.

              I ask my parents' permission before giving out any personal information on the Internet, including: my sex, name, phone number, address, e-mail, school name, my parents' work address/telephone numbers, credit card information, my picture and my passwords.

              I only use chat rooms for kids that my parents have checked out for me.

              When I'm online I always use a nickname that doesn't reveal anything about me - including if I am a boy or girl.

              If an online message makes me feel uncomfortable or frightened, I don't respond to it. Instead I tell an adult right away.

              If I want to arrange a meeting with someone I've met on the Internet, I tell my parents first and make sure one of them comes with me.

              I treat people nicely when I'm online and never post or send rude messages or threats.

              I always ask permission from the author before taking words, pictures or sounds from a Web site.

              I use Web sites and search engines for kids that my parents, teacher or librarian have told me about.

              I know that things I read online aren't always true so I check the information with a parent or teacher.

              I always check with an adult before opening e-mails from strangers.

              Courtesy and copyright Media-Awareness.ca

              Computer screen

              Lindsay man charged after police find child porn


              A 27-year-old man is facing several charges after police found child pornography in a Lindsay home.

              Police said Ian Arnold was arrested after Ontario Provincial Police recovered CDs and a computer containing images of child sexual abuse after a two-month investigation.

              Arnold is charged with three counts of possessing child pornography and two counts of making child pornography available, police said.

              The probe included the involvement of Toronto police.

              Police veteran arrested on child porn charges

              Canadian Press

              BURLINGTON, Ont. — A 20-year veteran with the Toronto and Halton region police forces has been charged with possessing and accessing child pornography.

              Halton police acting on information from the FBI in Virginia searched a Burlington, Ont., home on May 1 and seized three computers and CDs.

              An examination uncovered alleged evidence of child porn images and movie files in addition to Internet searches for child abuse images.

              Kevin Gray, 46, of Burlington has been suspended from duty and is to appear in court in Milton, Ont. on Aug. 24.

              Gray started his policing career with the Toronto force before joining the Halton force in 2001. He later resigned and rejoined the force in June 2005.

              Peter Whitmore arrives to Court of Queen's Bench in Regina, Sask. on Monday, July 23, 2007. (CP / Troy Fleece)

              Peter Whitmore arrives to Court of Queen's Bench in Regina, Sask. on Monday, July 23, 2007. (CP / Troy Fleece)

              Peter Whitmore pleads guilty in deal with Crown

              Updated Mon. Jul. 23 2007 6:06 PM ET

              CTV.ca News Staff

              Convicted pedophile Peter Whitmore has pleaded guilty in the abduction and sexual assault of a Saskatchewan boy and a Manitoba teenager.

              In exchange for a guilty plea, the Crown offered Whitmore a life sentence without the possibility of parole for seven years.

              Whitmore's plea relates to 15 charges arising from events last July involving the two boys.

              They include three counts of sexual assault causing bodily harm, one kidnapping charge, one charge of abduction of a person under the age of 14 and one charge of unlawful confinement.

              Whitmore also pleaded guilty to uttering threats, possession of a pellet gun and a knife, possession of child pornography and with making child pornography available to his alleged victims.

              "We spent the morning listening to him plead guilty on each individual charge," CTV's Sarah Galashan reported from the Regina court.

              "I could turn behind me and see family members in tears as they listened and the father of one of the boys simply staring at Peter Whitmore as the details were read into court."

              Court of Queen's Bench Justice Ian McLellan called Whitmore's acts "repulsive and sickening.''

              Galashan said Whitmore showed little emotion during the process.

              "I watched him very carefully and his upper lip did tremble although I have in my notes that I never really thought he was about to cry," she said.

              'Dangerous offender' designation

              The plea deal offered to Whitmore will spare him the dangerous offender designation. It also means the victims will not have to take the stand and testify about their experience with Whitmore.

              A dangerous offender designation would mean Whitmore would be put behind bars indefinitely, without the possibility of parole for seven years -- the same as a life sentence.

              The parole board says it treats lifers and dangerous offenders the same when considering parole.

              However, legal experts say criminals with dangerous offender status are usually red flagged and are rarely ever granted parole.

              Still, Crown lawyer Anthony Gerein said the sentence essentially achieves the same goal since Whitmore will spend the rest of his life under some form of supervision.

              "He destroyed so much that can never be restored,'' Gerein told the judge. "It ends here. It ends now, with life in prison.''

              Gerein described Whitmore as having an "unrelenting commitment to pedophilia.''

              He also read out victim impact statements, including one from the 14-year-old Manitoba youth that concluded: "I wish none of this ever happened. Then I would still be me.''

              Whitmore's lawyer read an apology letter on behalf of his client that said: "I had no right to do the things that I did and I'm very sorry.''

              Whitmore's history

              Whitmore has been held at a Regina jail since his arrest last August.

              He was arrested Aug. 1 after an exhaustive manhunt and 10-hour standoff at an abandoned farmhouse in Saskatchewan.

              Both of the boys involved were returned safely to their families. But not long after Whitmore was arrested, the Crown had asserted it would seek dangerous offender status.

              Whitmore, who has been described by justice officials as someone who cannot be rehabilitated, has never been sentenced to more than six years at a time.

              In 1993, Whitmore served 16 months behind bars after an Ontario conviction for abduction and sexual offences involving four boys.

              Just over a week after his release, he took an eight-year-old girl from Guelph, Ont., to Toronto and was sentenced to another 56 months in jail for the offences involving the girl.

              With files from The Canadian Press

              Three Men Charged With Forcing Teenage Girl Into Prostitution

              Three Men Charged With Forcing Teenage Girl Into Prostitution

              Thursday June 28, 2007

              She was just 17. But what police allege three men made her do was something no youngster should ever have to undergo. A trio is under arrest in a child prostitution case, after the alleged victim managed to flee her captors and tell authorities about her plight.

              Cops contend the young girl was living at the home of one of the accused with two other men, when the living arrangement suddenly turned ominous. They say the victim was forced to work at strip clubs and at private parties for money, being forced to perform sex acts with guests during her special "appearances". Her agony went on for three weeks, as she turned over the cash to her apparent captors and was held hostage when she wasn't out working for the men. She claims they threatened and physically assaulted her in her makeshift prison to force her compliance.  

              But she allegedly escaped their clutches on May 30th, when the victim found the courage and the opportunity to get away and seek out a police officer for help. After assembling the evidence they needed, cops moved in on the suspects. Twenty-two year-old Christopher Lewis, 25-year-old Garnett Grant and 25-year-old Donovan Lewars (left to right, above) are all facing a range of charges, including living on the avails of prostitution, sexual exploitation and forcible confinement. The first two face a Friday court appearance. The third has been released on bail.

              Police think there are other victims that may have found themselves in similar dire circumstances who haven't come forward. Call (416) 808-7468 if you know anything detectives don't.

              An RCMP officer with some of the images they've recovered of children sexually abused in the making of child pornography

              Two northern Ontario men face child porn charges

              Canadian Press

              TIMMINS, Ont. — Two northern Ontario men are facing child pornography charges following a pair of two-month investigations by provincial, local and Toronto police.

              Police searched a residence in Connaught, northeast of Timmins, where they seized two desktop computers, floppy discs and related CDs believed to contain evidence of child sexual abuse and exploitation.

              In a separate investigation, officers seized similar items from a residence in Timmins.

              Aime George Lapierre, of Connaught, was charged with two counts of possessing child pornography and one count of making available child pornography.

              Robin Boissonneault, 26, of Timmins is facing three counts of possession of child pornography and two counts of making available child pornography.

              Both men were to appear in Timmins court Wednesday for a bail hearing.

              This is an image released by Britain's Suffolk Police Constabulary on Monday, June 18, 2007 of Timothy David Martyn Cox. (AP / Suffolk Constabulary, HO)

              This is an image released by Britain's Suffolk Police Constabulary on Monday, June 18, 2007 of Timothy David Martyn Cox. (AP / Suffolk Constabulary, HO)
              Det.-Sgt. Kim Scanlan of the Toronto police child exploitation section speaks to CTV News Monday, June 18, 2007.

              Det.-Sgt. Kim Scanlan of the Toronto police child exploitation section speaks to CTV News Monday, June 18, 2007.

              Canadian kids among rescued in pedophile ring bust

              CTV.ca News Staff

              Seven Canadian children, some as young as two-years-old, were among the 31 rescued when British authorities shattered a global Internet pedophile ring, authorities said Monday.

              Authorities rounded up more than 700 suspects worldwide, including 200 based in the United Kingdom.

              Another 24 suspects are from Canada, Det.-Sgt. Kim Scanlan of the Toronto police child exploitation section said Monday.

              Police say a total of 12 arrests were made in Ontario and the rest were made in other provinces.

              The rescued Canadian children range in age from two to about nine, Scanlan told CTV Newsnet.

              "They came from different provinces across the country," she said.

              "Now they are fine. ... We were able to get them some help and also to support their families."

              Authorities said the rescued children were in the process of being exploited.

              Some of them had already "been exploited online, in some cases having sex with adults online and then people who are part of this pedophile ring getting access to these images," CTV's London Bureau Chief Tom Kennedy reported.

              The investigation, which lasted some 10 months, involved agencies from 35 countries.

              "Toronto is very fortunate that we have experienced undercover officers and we are able to help out," Scanlan said.

              "On a global scale, we contributed our resources to help them identify suspects as well as rescue children."

              The ring was traced to an Internet chat room called "Kids the Light of Our Lives."

              The chat room featured images of children being subjected to sexual abuse, said the U.K.'s Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP).

              The host of the website, 27-year-old Timothy David Martyn Cox, of Buxhall, England, used the online identity "Son of God.''

              When Suffolk forensic teams examined Cox's computer they found 75,960 "indecent and explicit images" in addition to evidence that he had supplied 11,491 images to other site users, the CEOP said.

              Cox has admitted to nine counts of possessing and distributing indecent images.

              After his arrest in September, authorities were able to infiltrate the chat room and collect evidence on the other members.

              CEOP Centre officers and Toronto Police conducted online surveillance over a period of ten days.

              They were able to identify further suspects and secure vital information about potential victims before closing down the site, the CEOP said in a statement.

              "Anti-terror legislation that exists here allows the police to assume the identity of individuals online," Kennedy said from London.

              "This legislation doesn't exist in some other countries but it did enable the police to assume the identity of this individual, Timothy Cox, who ran this chat room," Kennedy told CTV Newsnet.

              Police also used his identity to identify many of the people using the chat room both for distributing child pornography and for essentially lining up children for sexual encounters.

              British authorities say another man, who used the usernames "silentblackheart" and "lust4skoolgurls" attempted to resurrect the chat room after Cox's arrest.

              Gordon Mackintosh, 33, of Hertfordshire, England was arrested in January 2007.

              Officers from the CEOP, Australian federal police, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and Toronto police conducted 24-hour online surveillance to infiltrate the chat room for a second time.

              Mackintosh's computer was found to contain 5,167 indecent and explicit images of children, in addition to 392 indecent movie files.

              He pleaded guilty to 27 charges of making, possessing and distributing indecent images and movies. Mackintosh awaits sentencing.

              "Today's verdict serves as a powerful warning to those using the Internet to facilitate the sexual exploitation of children," said Jim Gamble, CEO at the CEOP and Chairman of the Virtual Global Taskforce.

              "From the apparent 'safety' of his home, Cox spent hours each day planning, promoting and encouraging the abuse and exploitation of innocent young victims. In doing so he provided a service to hundreds of like minded individuals, enabling those with a sexual interest in children to share indecent images and discuss further plans for abuse.

              "Any individual who thinks they carry out such horrific activities undetected is in for a very rude awakening. The belief that the Internet provides anonymity is unfounded and for Cox and Mackintosh it has already proved to be a costly misconception."

              More arrests in Canada may be forthcoming, Scanlan said.

              "There are a number of ongoing investigations so that could very well be," she said.

              With files from The Canadian Press

              Cops Seek Predator Who Attacked 12-Yr.-Old

              Wednesday June 6, 2007

              Is there a predator stalking young girls in the Cosburn and Coxwell area? Police aren't sure what they're dealing with, but they know they're looking for a man who attacked a 12-year-old girl in a local variety store.

              It happened when the youngster went into the corner convenience shop on Cosburn around 12:15pm Tuesday. While she was looking around she didn't realize a man was watching her. He finally skulked over to where she was standing and sexually assaulted her. He then turned around and left the building. Cops have no idea who he is, but have a pretty good description. The suspect is said to be:

              • Male,
              • Possibly Hispanic,
              • Early 30s,
              • About 5'5",
              • Stocky build,
              • Dark, short hair
              • Moustache.

              He was had on a white baseball cap and silver glasses.

              The youngster wasn't injured in the assault but cops don't want to give this guy another target to aim at. They're hoping someone in the area knows who he is and calls them with a name. If that's you, the number is (416) 808-5400 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at (416) 222-TIPS (8477).

              Police fear for more victims of sex assault


              Peel Regional Police have charged a Mississauga man for a series of sex assaults on young girls.

              Donald MacCallum, who was charged on Tuesday, is a veteran Toronto police detective, the Toronto Star reported Saturday.

              The 51-year-old was charged for a series of alleged sex assaults beleived to have taken place on girls between five years old and 12 years old.

              Police say the assaults began in the late 1990s and ended in 2003.

              MacCallum is a long-serving officer who has worked in several areas, including a stint as an undercover officer in the Jane and Finch corridor in the early `90s, according to the Star.

              He was charged with:

              • five counts of sexual assault;
              • five counts of sexual interference and;
              • one count of threatening bodily harm.

              It is believed the incidents may have taken place in his home.

              The charges stem from six separate incidents involving four victims. Investigators believe there may be more victims who have yet to come forward.

              Anyone with information is asked to call the Special Victims Unit at 905-453-3311 ext. 3460 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

              Toronto Police Service (Ken Regular / CTV.ca)

              Markham man charged with Internet child luring


              A Markham man is facing Internet luring charges after allegedly trying to arrange a sexual encounter with a 13-year-old girl.

              Toronto police say the man had explicit online conversations with an undercover officer who was posing as the young girl.

              During the chats, the suspect said he wanted to meet in person for a sexual purpose, police said.

              When the man arrived at an agreed-upon location on Wednesday, he was met by police officers.

              Masab Omair, 30, was arrested and charged with luring a child under the age of 14 and invitation to sexual touching.

              Police say he used the online identity of "pringletoronto" and the alias of "Mark Andrew."

              The suspect is known to travel across Canada and the United States for employment purposes, police say.

              Omair is to appear at the Old City Hall courts on Monday.

              Anyone who has had contact with him, or has more information, is asked to call police at 416-808-7361 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).

              Computer keyboard graphic

              Man accused in sex assault of girl he met online

              Canadian Press

              PETERBOROUGH, Ont. — Provincial police have laid several charges against a 36-year-old Toronto man accused of sexual assaulting a teen girl he met on the Internet.

              Police say during the last two months, a 13-year-old girl from Peterborough County was contacted by the suspect through an online chat room.

              The OPP says the suspect then went to the Peterborough County area and made contact with the young girl, who was sexually assaulted.

              Jason Rotman is charged with sexual assault, sexual interference and luring a child.

              He appeared in court and was released on conditions.

              Halton Cops Charge Coach In 3-Decade Old Assaults

              Thursday May 31, 2007

              They waited almost 30 years to come forward, but now a complaint by two men has led Halton Regional Police to take a second look at an old crime. Two men have told authorities that they were sexually assaulted by a man they knew and trusted between 1978 and 1981 - a former family friend and Burlington hockey coach. They claim they were attacked while in the man's care and finally decided to come forward earlier this month.  

              Halton cops started probing the allegations and claim they've found enough evidence to charge 48-year-old John Phillip Russell with eight counts of indecent assault and one of buggery. Tracing the accused hasn't been easy - Russell has lived at a number of different addresses in Burlington and Milton with a host of families over the years, before settling down in Hamilton last month.

              Because he was involved in a number of other youth related activities - including soccer and bowling - cops are wondering if there are any others with long hidden stories to tell them. If you have anything to add, call (905) 825-4777 or (905) 634-1831 Ext. 5244.

              Cops Charge Man For Historic Sex Assaults A Decade Old

              Tuesday May 29, 2007

              The incidents go back a long way, but those anonymous children who went through them will never forget them. They are the long silent but never forgotten victims of a series of sex assaults that started in the late 1990s and ended in 2003. And now Peel Regional Police have charged a man for the terrible crimes.

              Cops have found enough evidence to lay five counts of sexual assault, the same number of sexual interference allegations and one count of threatening bodily harm against Donald MacCallum. The Port Credit resident is 51 now, but cops contend he was considerably younger when he allegedly took advantage of four youngsters in six separate incidents more than a decade ago.

              Investigators aren't revealing much about what they think happened but believe most of the attacks took place in the suspect's residence. The victims were very young at the time and very intimidated. They ranged in age from 12 to just five years old. Police won't say why they were there or how the cases came to them. But they do seem convinced of one thing - they don't believe they've accounted for everyone that may have come into contact with their suspect.

              If you have anything else to tell them, call (905) 453-2121. MacCallum remains out on bail. He'll be in court to face the charges on June 18th

              Kids Internet Safety Alliance Honours 11 People

              Wednesday May 2, 2007

              On Wednesday, Toronto police arrested three men who are facing a total of 19 charges, including luring a child under the age of 14.

              Later that night, 11 men and women were honoured at a ceremony organized by the Kids Internet Safety Alliance, which stresses that parents need to be proactive when it comes to keeping their kids safe from predators.

              "For the last four years I have done hundreds of events when I've asked parents to come to schools, community centres, and they don't by and large come and I think they are intimidated a bit by the technology," admits the Safety Alliance's Paul Gillespie.

              A recent survey showed almost three-quarters of children believed the information they put on-line is private, 11% of kids aged 10 to 14 had been asked by a stranger for personal information, and nearly a third spend between 6 to 10 hours a week on-line.

              Durham police said Monday that they acted on information received as part of an on-going sexual assault investigation and officers from 17 Division in Oshawa went to a home on Glen Street.

              Durham police said Monday that they acted on information received as part of an on-going sexual assault investigation and officers from 17 Division in Oshawa went to a home on Glen Street.   Church member charged with sexual assault


              A man described as being an active member of the Salvation Army church in Bowmanville, Ont. is facing several sexual assault-related charges allegedly involving two girls under the age of 12.

              Durham police said Monday that they acted on information received as part of an on-going sexual assault investigation. Officers from 17 Division in Oshawa went to a home on Glen Street and found the suspect speaking with a 17-year-old girl in Cordova Valley Park.

              Police followed the suspect after he left the park. In a nearby parking lot, police approached the man where he admitted to having a handgun, investigators said. After an altercation, police subdued the suspect and seized what they described as a "pellet pistol."

              Police believe the suspect has been "engaged in an inappropriate sexual relationship with at least two females under the age of 12," a press release issued Monday said.

              On Sunday, police executed a search warrant at the man's home and seized computer equipment and an unspecified number of tapes which allegedly depict the suspect sexually assaulting young victims, the press release said.

              Ian Matthew Dean, 24, is charged with:

              • Sexual assault;
              • Sexual interference;
              • Invitation to sexual touching; and
              • Carrying a concealed weapon.

              Police say Dean is "very active" in the church and investigators "are concerned there may be other victims."

              Investigators ask anyone with information about this incident to call Det. Randy Norton or Det. Andy Bussanich of the Major Crime Sexual Assault Unit at (905) 579-1520, ext. 5363. Tips can also be sent anonymously by calling Durham Regional Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 222-TIPS (8477).

              High School Gym Teacher Accused Of Assaulting Two Students

              High School Gym Teacher Accused Of Assaulting Two Students

              Friday April 20, 2007

              He was their gym teacher and he coached them in volleyball.

              But Peel Regional Police believe he may have been something else, as well.

              They've charged a Brampton teacher in the Peel District School board with several counts of sexual assault, after receiving complaints that a man allegedly took advantage of two young teenage girls on school grounds.

              Cops aren't giving a lot of details about what led them to Robert H. Lagerquist Senior Public School on  Richvale Drive North. They alleged the assaults took place between May 2005 and June 2006.

              Michael Plews of Hillsburgh was in court late Friday for a bail hearing.

              As so often happens in these kinds of cases, cops fear others may have also been victimized.

              They're urging any additional students who had contact with Plews to call them  - regardless of how long ago they were in his class. 

              The number is (905) 453-2121, ext. 3460.

              Day Care Centre Volunteer Accused Of Sexually Assaulting 2 Young Children

              Day Care Centre Volunteer Accused Of Sexually Assaulting 2 Young Children

              Tuesday April 17, 2007

              It's the kind of place you leave you kids every day when you go to work.

              It's the one spot you hope will be safe as they're tended to all day.

              But now parents who drop their youngsters off at Blevins Child Care Centre in the Shuter and River area may be thinking twice, after Toronto Police made some serious and disturbing allegations against one of its volunteers.

              A man named Paul Thomas has been charged after accusations that two young children were sexually assaulted at the city run facility. 

              Forensic investigators are looking for evidence about the 19-year-old suspect, who toiled at the centre for about a year.

              Cops contend the crimes took place sometime between April 2006 and ended when they apprehended him on Saturday.

              Thomas will be in court at 10am Wednesday facing five charges, including sexual assault and sexual interference.

              Police aren't saying what the specific ages of the alleged victims were, but the centre caters to youngsters who are between 2 and 5 years old. 

              Cops Hunt Predator Who Tried To Grab 4-Yr-.Old Boy

              Cops Hunt Predator Who Tried To Grab 4-Yr-.Old Boy

              Friday April 13, 2007

              Parents in the Broadview-Dundas St. East area have something new to worry about this weekend - a man who apparently tried to snatch one of their own.

              Police were called to a day care centre in the area just before 9am Friday, where they heard a terrifying tale from a four-year-old boy.

              He told authorities that a man came up to him on the sidewalk in front of the facility around 8:30am and grabbed his arm.

              He then asked the child his name and ordered him to go with him.

              Fortunately, a day care worker saw the suspect in action and intervened before he spirited the youngster away. The man then turned on his heel and ran off.

              Now cops are hot on his trail in case he decides to return to another place on Monday.

              He's described as:

              • Brown skinned,
              • About 40,
              • 5'10"-6'1",
              • Dark hair,
              • Scruffy appearance.

              He was last seen wearing a dark, denim jacket and a khaki, army-style hat.

              If you know who this child predator is, call police now at (416) 808-5504.

              Man Arrested In School Washroom Intruder Cases

              Wednesday March 7, 2007

              There are new concerns about school security after yet another series of incidents that have left parents  angry and worried.

              A man has been arrested for allegedly hiding in the washrooms of three Toronto Public schools. To make matters worse, the suspect police are holding is a convicted sex offender.

              Cops were called to a trio of campuses on Tuesday, after reports the same man prowled into the boys' washrooms at Spruceport, Dufferin and Winchester St. Public Schools.

              He was discovered on a stairwell in the latter campus around the lunch hour but quickly fled when he was spotted. Authorities caught up to a suspect soon afterwards.

              No students were in Winchester at the time of the incident and none were harmed.

              But the incidents have renewed questions about school security and how the man was able to come and go so casually in buildings that are supposed to be secure from trespassers.

              Students and staff are encouraged to keep an eye out for anyone out of place.

              "When they see someone that doesn't belong to the school, they do not recognize, they will ask the simple question: 'What business do you have here?'" reveals principal Annie Lee. "Normally if they don't have business in the school, they take off, and that was the situation."

              A 32-year-old name Rob Blake has been charged with four counts of mischief. He's on record as a sex offender and remains in custody.

              A letter has been sent home to parents explaining the situation, but many are asking for more concrete answers to ensure their kids are safe during the hours they're in class.

              It's the second similar washroom incident reported this year.

              On January 23, a man was charged after a girl was sexually assaulted at High Park Centennial Montessori School in the Royal York and Queensway area.

              Two parents and a school bus driver are credited with spotting that suspect and holding him down until police arrived.

              Nicholas Finelli is facing several charges in that case.

              Peel Region Police

              Four boys charged in alleged gang sex assault


              Four young men are facing gang sexual assault and child pornography charges in connection with the alleged videotaped attack of a 16-year-old girl.

              Peel police say the girl was at a Mississauga home on February 25 when she fell unconscious for an unknown reason.

              The four males then allegedly sexually assaulted her and took photographs and videotaped the incident on their cellphones, police said.

              The victim was taken to a medical facility and treated for minor physical injuries.

              Two 18-year-old Mississauga men, Philip Perry and Barton Reeder, have been charged with sexual assault, sexual assault with a weapon, gang sexual assault and manufacturing child pornography.

              Two 17-year-old boys from Mississauga, who cannot be identified under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, face similar charges.

              Three of the co-accused attend Cawthra Park Secondary School in Mississauga.

              Police say an investigation has revealed at least one more young female victim. Detectives are concerned there are other girls who have not yet contacted police.

              Anyone with information is urged to contact the Special Victims Unit at 905-453-2121 ext. 3460, Det. Riemenschneider, or Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

              Florida sex offender arrested in Woodstock, Ont.

              Canadian Press

              WOODSTOCK, Ont. — A man described by police in Florida as a violent sexual predator and wanted by authorities in that state has been arrested early Monday by police in Woodstock, Ontario.

              Police say the man, who has not been identified, is wanted by the Duval County Sheriffs Department in Jacksonville because he left Florida and failed to register his new address.

              Police in Woodstock say they were tipped by a citizen who walked into police headquarters Sunday and told them he met the man during a social event and became suspicious.

              The citizen made an online check of a Florida sex offender registry and discovered the man was wanted.

              paul callow Paul Callow

              Bryant will try to keep 'Balcony Rapist' out

              Canadian Press

              TORONTO — Ontario's attorney general says he will do everything he can to ensure the so-called "Balcony Rapist" never sets foot in the province again.

              Paul Callow is scheduled to be released from custody Friday in British Columbia after serving 20 years in jail for brutal sexual assaults on several women.

              He terrorized the Toronto area and was dubbed the "Balcony Rapist" because of the way he entered the victims' homes.

              Attorney General Michael Bryant says a British Columbia recognizance order prevents Callow from entering Ontario unless he gets permission from the courts, which is rarely granted.

              Bryant says there were no dangerous offender laws at the time of Callow's conviction, so nothing can be done to keep him behind bars.

              But the government, RCMP and Toronto police all agree he is still a risk to public safety.

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