Magician facing child pornography charges suspended from part-time provincial government job

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The provincial government has suspended the employment of a man charged this week with making child pornography.

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The provincial government has suspended the employment of a man charged this week with making child pornography.

Daniel Kamenicky, 39, was working as a part-time, casual service provider with the Department of Families, a government spokesman said Tuesday.

Earlier this week, Kamenicky was also suspended from his job as an educational assistant at Windsor School, a kindergarten to Grade 8 school in the Louis Riel School Division. He also encountered children in his spare time as a magician known as Dan The Magic Man, which included teaching magic to children between the ages of eight and 11 in one of the University of Manitoba’s Mini U programs in July.

Photo: www.danmagicman.com Daniel Kamenicky, a magician known as Dan the Magic Man, is accused of making, possessing and distributing child pornography and of voyeurism.

These organizations all severed connections with Kamenicky after police announced he was charged with voyeurism, making pornography and distributing pornography.

“He was suspended immediately when we were informed of the matter, pending the outcome of the police investigation,” said the spokesman for the Department of Families.

The spokesman declined to say what specific duties Kamenicky performed, but said the employee had gone through the usual background investigations before he was hired.

“We have long-standing policies requiring background checks, and these checks had been provided,” he said.

Police have said Kamenicky recorded videos locally. They believe only public locations were involved in the crimes, but the investigation is continuing. There were no details on the locations or the number of victims.

The charges of distribution and possession relate directly to the sharing of pornographic images on the Internet. The charge of making child pornography does not necessarily reflect any proven contact with children or producing of video where children might be involved in sex acts. The voyeurism charge reflects possession and use of video recording devices that recorded children in inappropriate ways, so it is linked to the making of child pornography charge.

carl.degurse@freepress.mb.ca

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