Fort Resolution man enters guilty plea to child porn chargesSentencing in Operation Snapshot case scheduled for March
Evan Kiyoshi French
Northern News Services
Monday, January 25, 2016
DENINU KU'E/FORT RESOLUTION
A Fort Resolution man has pleaded guilty to two child pornography charges after being caught up in a multi-provincial and territorial RCMP investigation dubbed Operation Snapshot.
Joseph King is scheduled to appear for sentencing in Yellowknife on March 14.
King's case was originally set for a jury trial in NWT Supreme Court before he admitted guilt to the charges. The man's lawyer Peter Harte told territorial court Jan. 18 that while his client was prepared to plead guilty on these charges, specifically, one count of possessing child pornography and another of making child pornography.
He is holding off on pleading on another charge - resisting arrest as RCMP officers were executing their search warrant at a residence on Oct. 9, 2012. Harte said he was told the Crown prosecution may stay the charge. Court was told King became a suspect after a computer with a Fort Resolution IP address was discovered sharing child pornography images and videos on the Internet.
Digital media storage devices were seized during the search.
A bearded King wore glasses, a green and white-striped shirt and jeans as he sat in the prisoner's box in court.
Supreme Court judge Karan Shaner ordered probation officers to carry out a pre-sentencing report to be provided to defense and prosecution lawyers by March 9.
King remains in custody awaiting his sentence.
He is also charged with breaching his bail conditions last year after it was alleged he had accessed a computer for purposes other than for work.
He has yet to plead on that charge.