Abbotsford man pleads guilty to five child-porn charges

The man initially pleaded not guilty to eight charges on the first day of his trial, but changed his plea the following day.

An Abbotsford man who pleaded not guilty to eight child-pornography offences at the start of his trial on Monday changed his plea the following day.

The man, who cannot be named due to a publication ban protecting the victims’ identity, pleaded guilty in B.C. Supreme Court in Chilliwack to five of the charges.

His sentencing hearing has been scheduled for Feb. 28 on charges of making child porn, distributing child porn, possession of child porn, and two counts of sexual interference.

The three additional charges – another count of sexual interference and two counts of invitation to sexual touching – are expected to be stayed.

The offences involved two boys under the age of 10. Four of the five charges to which the man, 60, pleaded guilty involve one boy, and the fifth – sexual interference – is in relation to the boy’s older brother.

The offences took place sometime between October 2005 and April 2011, when the boys and their mother were living with the man.

He was arrested in the home in April 2011, following a tip by U.S. authorities, and the two boys were removed and placed in foster care.

Police seized evidence that included two laptop computers, a computer tower and several CDs.

Analysis of the items turned up two videos and several photos that fall under the Criminal Code category of child pornography.

The videos showed a man and a young boy, who was identified as the younger of the two brothers. The videos had been sent through a Yahoo account to a man in North Dakota.

The older boy later provided statements to police that led to the final charge.

The man’s trial was expected to last 10 days.