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Child-porn suspect worked at school and as kids' magician

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

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.

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Police have laid child pornography charges against an educational assistant at a Winnipeg elementary school who also encountered children in his spare time as a magician known as Dan The Magic Man.

Daniel Kamenicky, 39, has been charged with voyeurism, making pornography and distributing pornography.

He was employed at Windsor School, a kindergarten to Grade 8 school in the Louis Riel School Division. Division superintendent Duane Brothers said Kamenicky worked for the school division for at least four years -- as long as Brothers has been superintendent -- and was suspended immediately after staff was notified by police about the charges.

"Our schools (are) opening next week and he will not be in our schools," Brothers said.

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Police have laid child pornography charges against an educational assistant at a Winnipeg elementary school who also encountered children in his spare time as a magician known as Dan The Magic Man.

Daniel Kamenicky, 39, has been charged with voyeurism, making pornography and distributing pornography.

He was employed at Windsor School, a kindergarten to Grade 8 school in the Louis Riel School Division. Division superintendent Duane Brothers said Kamenicky worked for the school division for at least four years — as long as Brothers has been superintendent — and was suspended immediately after staff was notified by police about the charges.

"Our schools (are) opening next week and he will not be in our schools," Brothers said.

He said the school division requires every employee to complete standard criminal record and child abuse checks, and Kamenicky was "absolutely" subjected to those checks as well.

"We are very distressed about hearing this information," he said.

"Winnipeg’s Police Service has been very quick at giving me a heads up on this, and we are going to co-operate completely with the Winnipeg Police Service as they continue their investigation."

Kamenicky also taught magic to children between the ages of eight and 11 in one of the University of Manitoba's Mini U programs in July, the university's director of public affairs said Monday.

"He was contracted by Mini U," John Danakas stated. "A letter has been sent by Mini U to parents. It has the details as we know them at this point."

That letter states: "This individual was contracted for two weeks by Mini U during the summer of 2016 (July 11 to 15 and July 25 to 29, 2016) as well as on four previous occasions since 2012. He was contracted to work in the Magic Mania camp classroom."

The U of M letter notes Kamenicky submitted a current criminal record check and a current Child Abuse Registry check every year that he was contracted by Mini U, a requirement for anyone working at the U of M.

"These checks showed no previous criminal record or child abuse, and cleared the individual to work as a contracted instructor. This individual would have been accompanied in the classroom by a full-time Mini U employee."

The letter further states that police assured the U of M that, "There is no reason to believe that any incidents happened during this individual's involvement with Mini U."

Const. Jason Michalyshen, speaking Monday at a media conference, said the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children told police that between June 13 and Aug. 11, local Internet addresses were used to upload images and video of child pornography. A search warrant was obtained and officers seized "numerous" electronic devices last Wednesday and arrested Kamenicky.

"These charges are supported by information we have obtained, specifically the seizure of electronic devices," Michalyshen said, adding police have not gone through all the devices yet and potentially more video and images will be revealed. "This individual has video-recorded children in ways that we believe are sexual in nature."

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

Michalyshen said police have not yet determined what, if any, of the offences are connected specifically to Kamenicky's entertainment business, but they "certainly haven't closed that door yet."

He said the charges of distribution and possession relate directly to the sharing of pornographic images on the Internet. He said 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.

"As a whole, there are young people being victimized. We take these matters incredibly seriously," he said.

He said parents who have questions concerning the accused's contact with their children, or who need clarity, can speak privately with police at 204-986-3296.

"No one should feel afraid to come forward, no one should feel embarrassed to come forward. We are here to listen, to provide supports, to provide clarity and a positive move forward with respect to potentially incredibly upsetting scenarios," he said.

The WPS Internet Child Exploitation Unit is continuing the investigation. Anyone with concerns or information should contact police or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).

The National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children is a U.S.-based agency that monitors individuals and internet addresses when activity involving child exploitation is suspected.

ashley.prest@freepress.mb.ca

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Updated on Monday, August 29, 2016 at 1:14 PM CDT: adds photo

1:20 PM: Updates photo

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4:10 PM: Updates story, changes head

11:14 PM: Corrects typo.

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