Man charged for accessing child porn

A Whitehorse resident has been arrested for the second time on child pornography charges. Brian George Nowazek, 67, was arrested on July 16 and charged with accessing child pornography.

A Whitehorse resident has been arrested for the second time on child pornography charges.

Brian George Nowazek, 67, was arrested on July 16 and charged with accessing child pornography.

He appeared in court on July 17 and will remain in custody pending a bail hearing scheduled for Thursday.

Nowazek had previously been charged with one count of possession and one count of accessing child pornography in Sept. 2007, during a national child pornography investigation by the RCMP.

In May 2009, Nowazek pleaded guilty to a single count of possession of child pornography and to a number of firearm offences, including unlicensed possession of firearms and unlicensed possession of prohibited weapons along with three counts of improperly storing firearms.

Conditions of his parole at the time prohibited him from attending a public park or public swimming area where persons under the age of 16 are present.

They also prohibited him from using a computer system for the purpose of communicating with a person under the age of 16 years.

He was sentenced to 31 months in jail and given time served.

Nowazek had initially been targeted by the Department of Homeland Security in 2007, which then forwarded the information obtained to the RCMP National Child Exploitative Coordination Centre in Ottawa, which in turn contacted RCMP investigators in Whitehorse.

A search warrant was obtained on Aug. 28, 2007 and executed on Sept. 4, 2007.

The search of his residence resulted in the seizure of his computer hard drive, which contained approximately 1,000 images and video clips containing child pornography, as well as six rifles, one shotgun and two semi-automatic weapons.

Court documents indicate Nowazek had a prior criminal record in both Canada and the United States.

In 1992, he was sentenced to a period of 10 years in jail in Arizona with respect to one charge of attempting to commit molestation of a child and two charges of soliciation of sexual conduct with a minor.

The RCMP are continuing their investigation.

Contact Myles Dolphin at

myles@yukon-news.com

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