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Convicted sex offender charged again

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A Winnipeg man with a notorious criminal past is facing new charges of allegedly forcing a teen girl to work in the sex trade.

Kevin John Rose, 41, was arrested last weekend following an investigation by members of the city's sex-crime unit.

Court records show he allegedly "pimped" a 17-year-old girl out of a Templeton Avenue home between Feb. 1 and April 7.

Rose is now charged with procuring, sexual assault and sexual exploitation. He is being held at the Winnipeg Remand Centre without bail. None of the allegations has been proven and he is presumed innocent.

Rose made headlines in 2011 after pleading guilty to possessing more than 1,000 images of child pornography, which netted him a 26-month sentence of time already served.

Rose was also identified in 2008 as the operator of a money-making website that featured girls as young as seven posing suggestively in skimpy clothing. Police were initially unable to stop him because the disturbing images didn't appear to meet the definition of child pornography under Canadian law.

However, police arrested Rose several months later after a sting by international policing agencies identified him as one of 360 suspects from around the world. Rose was caught engaging in online chats that included asking young girls to send him nude pictures of themselves.

Investigators executed a search warrant and seized Rose's computers and other electronic devices. They discovered an extensive collection of catalogued images, mostly of teens engaged in indecent poses.

Rose is a technology expert who was convicted in 2007 of stalking an ex-girlfriend and tapping her phone conversations using specialized equipment.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 16, 2014 B2

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