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Former Manitoba educator faces child-porn charges in Toronto

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Toronto police have arrested former Manitoba senior educator Benjamin Levin on a series of child pornography charges.

The 61-year-old Levin faces two counts of distributing child pornography, one count of making child pornography, one count of counselling to commit an indictable offence, and one count of agreement of arrangement -- sexual offence against a child under 16.

Levin, now a professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, is in court in Toronto this afternoon.

Levin is a Winnipeg native who has held top education jobs in Manitoba, including deputy minister of both education and advanced education in the Doer government from 1999 to 2002, and dean of continuing education at the University of Manitoba from 1996 to 1999.

Levin graduated from U of M in 1974.

The province enlisted Levin to return from Ontario to conduct a study of university tuition when the government decided to lift its tuition freeze in 2009.

Toronto police said that they arrested Levin today after after an online, multi-jurisdictional child exploitation investigation, involving members of the Toronto Police Service's Sex Crimes Unit, Child Exploitation Section. Police thanked investigators in London and New Zealand for their help.

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