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Former church pastor faces child-pornography counts

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The RCMP arrested a former pastor from a church in Gretna last Saturday and he faces numerous charges of voyeurism, production of child pornography and possessing child pornography.

The RCMP said charges against the 34-year-old man came after two female youths found a mobile device in a washroom at a Moose Lake Provincial Park residence where they were staying in the summer of 2012. Still images and video of the two youths were discovered. A report to the RCMP was not made until December 2013, so a criminal investigation began at that time.

Police said the man "took advantage of his role in the community to access potential victims," adding there are multiple victims. He is no longer in his pastoral position.

He was released on a promise to appear in court and is scheduled to appear in court in Steinbach on June 26.

The RCMP ask anyone with information about this case to contact the Altona RCMP at 204-324-5217, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, submit a tip online at www.manitobacrimestoppers.com or text "TIPMAN" plus your message to CRIMES (274637).

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 31, 2014 A9

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