Judge rejects Charter challenge against child pornography charges

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by Terry Myers

A Petawawa man will face child pornography charges after an Ontario court justice dismissed his challenge under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Justice Michael G. March ruled last month that there were “reasonable grounds” for police to obtain search warrants that led to a “cache” of child pornography on the man’s computer and in an online Dropbox account.

The case is covered by a publication ban and the man’s name and other identifying details cannot be released to protect the victims.

The accused is represented by former Renfrew County Crown Attorney John Pepper.

In May, Pepper filed a court application to have the evidence against his client dismissed on the basis that police warrants, and specifically the “Information to Obtain” (ITO) the warrants, did not provide “sufficient grounds” for the searches and were therefore “unfounded and unreasonable” under the Charter of Rights….

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