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Bail revoked for alleged child pornographer

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A Winnipeg man facing child pornography and prostitution charges was sent back to jail this afternoon following a four-hour bail hearing.

Provincial court Judge Mary Kate Harvie revoked Darrell Ackman’s release on bail on the outstanding charges and refused his request to be freed after he was re-arrested earlier this month for breaching bail conditions and allegedly assaulting police when they arrested him.

Ackman, 43, represented himself at the bail hearing and he rambled for more than three hours when it was his turn to argue why he should be released.

Harvie told Ackman he was free to talk about anything he wanted but reminded him several times to focus on the bail issues.

Ackman’s three-hour-plus defence covered everything from his birth, a seven-year period in Miami when he "lived like Hugh Hefner in a mansion," his new-found "celebrity" status in Winnipeg, and how difficult it’s been to live with his 79-year-old mother in a one-bedroom condo in Tuxedo when he was on bail.

Ackman was arrested last year for allegedly recruiting teen runaways for child porn videos. He is also charged with several child prostitution related charges. There is also an outstanding warrant from 2010 for his arrest in Florida on prostitution related charges.

Ackman is also suing the Winnipeg Police for $10 million for allegedly ruining his reputation and the Winnipeg Sun for $2 million. Those legal documents were hand-written.

'It’s like they have a voodoo doll with my name on it'

Ackman had been released on bail following his arrest last year but with strict conditions that included prohibitions from using a computer and video recording equipment, a 6 p.m.-6 a.m. curfew, and ordered to stay away from schools and school grounds, playgrounds, parks, arenas and swimming pools.

He was re-arrested earlier this month after several witnesses contacted police stating he was putting up posters recruiting attractive young people for a movie about his life. Posters were placed on a pole at the parking lot at Grant Park High School, at a nearby crosswalk, and on the University of Winnipeg campus near the U of W Collegiate.

Crown prosecutor Alanna Littman said that when police went to his mother’s condo to arrest him for the alleged bail breaches, he allegedly refused to be handcuffed and got into a physical fight with two officers, with the officers chasing him back and forth across his mother’s small condo where at one point he threw a glass-topped table at one of the officers and bit the thigh of another officer. He was further charged with two counts of assaulting police and resisting arrest.

Ackman said police had been hounding him wherever he went when free on bail, leaving him to question where he could travel.

"I can’t move without (police) finding me," Ackman told the court. "They stop me almost every time I go out.

"It’s like they have a voodoo doll with my name on it and they’re sticking pins in it until I disappear."

Ackman said he was trying to make the movie about his status in Winnipeg in a bid to earn some money and rehabilitate his character, which he said has been ruined by media coverage of his arrests.

Littman said a preliminary hearing is set for April 2014 for Ackman’s original charges but Ackman said he wanted to waive the preliminary and go straight to a trial. He said he planned to represent himself.

 

aldo.santin@freepress.mb.ca

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Updated on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 5:11 PM CDT: Corrects name of prosecutor.

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