The Hamilton Spectator
Friday, May 23, 1997
pages A1,A5

Hockey boss, wife, teen charged with child porn

by John Mentek

FLAMBOROUGH -- The president of the Flamborough Hockey Association, his wife, and a 15-year-old face child porn charges after police raided a home and found hundreds of computer files depicting children in sex acts.

Charged with possessing and distributing child pornography and corrupting a child is Richard Janes, 44.

His wife, Marianne, 40, a neo-natal nurse at McMaster University Medical Centre, is charged with one count of corrupting a child.

The couple lives on Concession 6 West in the Milgrove area north of Hamilton.

The 15-year-old young offender, who cannot be identified, is charged with possessing and distributing child pornography.

Investigators from the Ontario Provincial Police anti-pornography unit, assisted by the Hamilton-Wentworth Police, raided the house and seized two computers May 15.

Explicit sex acts

Allegedly stored in the computers were 5,000 pornographic pictures, including 1,100 depicting boys and girls as young as four in explicit sex acts with other children and adults.

Police say the child porn includes scenes of urination and bondage. "These are in my opinion very disgusting and sick images that portrayed children in almost every sex act you can imagine", said OPP Staff Sergeant Bob Matthew, who leads the anti-porn unit.

Police also seized 197 adult pornographic magazines.

Matthews, who said there's no evidence those charged are part of a ring, says the investigation began with a tip from the U.S. Customers Service early last month.

Significant seizure

He called the seizure significant, but not the largest cache of child porn the OPP has found.

That was in Kirkland Lake last fall, where 30,000 pornographic computer pictures and video clips were found. In that case, a 22-year-old man was charged with possessing, making, and distributing child porn.

Police say they found evidence the porn in the Millgrove home was being downloaded from the Internet and redistributed.

For charges to be laid, a computer user must download child porn images from the Internet and save them.

Simply viewing them doesn't constitute possession, because the images can't be retrieved, Matthews said.

"The Internet has become almost the perfect vehicle really for pedophiles to distribute child pornography, the reason being that at the stroke of a key, anyone can send large volumes of information from one country to another without being detected by the authorities", he said.

Richard Janes, who works for Case Canada Corp. in Hamilton, was released on bail pending a court appearance today. Marianne Janes is due in court June 16. The young offender is to appear June 2.

Richard Janes was elected president of the hockey association last year, after working for more than four years as a convener, responsible in part for registering more than a thousand children.

He reportedly used his home computer to organize team competitions and set play schedules. His wife has worked for several years as head nurse in MUMC's neonatal unit.

Scouts Canada confirmed the couple served on a parents' committee for the Freelton troop in 1994, but said they are no longer affiliated. And neighbours said Richard Janes also helped run minor baseball in Flamborough.

OPP investigators say the pornography crime units spends 90 per cent of its time investigating child porn on the Internet, which keeps eight officers busy full time. Investigations typically take two to four months to complete.

A conviction for possessing child pornography carries a maximum five-year prison term. Making, distributing, or importing child porn can mean a 10-year sentence.


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