Three child porn cases in court

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All postponed until the new year

Three St. John’s men facing child pornography charges had their cases called in provincial court in St. John’s Monday.

Bernard White, Christopher Cyril Lunnen and Kenneth Harrison all had their cases postponed until the new year.

 

Bernard White

White, 68, is charged with unlawfully accessing child pornography and possessing child pornography. The offences are said to have happened on Aug. 22, 2012, in St. John’s.

He was released on bail shortly after his first court appearance in June.  He is scheduled to be back before a judge on Jan. 20, 2014.

White was located in Toronto with the help of the RCMP National Child Exploitation investigators and returned to this province.

He was arrested as part of Project Spade, in which almost 400 children were rescued from exploitation and hundreds of suspects were arrested in an investigation that began in Toronto. The investigation spanned more than 50 countries.

The people arrested included 108 from Canada, with 50 of those from Ontario.

 

Christopher Cyril Lunnen

Christopher Cyril Lunnen, 31, had his case set over until Jan. 17.

He faces two charges — possessing child pornography and selling or distributing child pornography. The offences reportedly happened between July 5, 2011, and April 26, 2012.

Lunnen, who was released from jail in March, was arrested as part of a lengthy RNC child pornography investigation, aided by the FBI.

The RNC received a tip last year from the FBI’s field office in Washington regarding the possession and distribution of child pornography material through Yahoo Messenger.

Police executed a search warrant on April 26, 2012, at a local house.

This led to a forensic examination of a computer and multiple mobile storage devices.

 

Kenneth Harrison

Kenneth Harrison is accused of sending a child-like sex doll in the mail.

He faces four counts, including two criminal charges — possessing child pornography and mailing obscene matter — including a sex doll depicted as a child.

Two additional charges of smuggling and possession of prohibited goods contrary to sections 159 and 155 of the Customs Act were laid by Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).

The 48-year-old made his first appearance in court April 23.

He was arrested in relation to a child pornography investigation.

On Jan. 30, CBSA officers at the International Mail Centre in Toronto intercepted a package that was found to contain suspected child pornography.

On March 12, members of the RNC criminal investigation division and the CBSA’s criminal investigations division searched a home in St. John’s and arrested Harrison.

His case is due back in court Jan. 27.

 

 

Organizations: Canada Border Services Agency, FBI, Yahoo Messenger.Police International Mail Centre

Geographic location: Toronto, Canada, Washington

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  • John
    December 10, 2013 - 06:53

    While White's case appears to be an isolated case of 1 time only, in Lunnen's case there was a delay of 9 months from the time police officials knew or at least appeared to know about his activities. Between Lunnen and Harrison, we will never know how many other victims there are out there that have been victimized and traumatized for life if the police had acted in July 2011 as soon as they knew about the alleged offences? Even though the offenders need to be apprehended and severely sentenced, victims needs MUST always need to be put first and foremost.

    • Pam Frampton
      December 10, 2013 - 07:24

      It is likely the police did not know of the earlier alleged activity in July 2011 until the April 2012 activity was discovered. And, as you rightly point out, they are alleged offences at this point.