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Guilty plea entered on child porn charge

By: Adriana Mingo

Posted: 05/1/2017 10:15 AM

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A man will be sent to jail later this year after pleading guilty to possessing child pornography, which was found on his computer while crossing the border from the United States into Canada last June.

Benji Rustulka pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography Thursday morning in Steinbach.

During a plea inquiry, court heard that Rustulka was crossing the border on June 25, 2016 when border officers found him in possession of marijuana.

As a result, border security did a more extensive check of his belongings and searched his computer, on which they found child pornography images.

Border security contacted RCMP, who obtained a warrant, and conducted a further search of Rustulka’s computer and found thousands of child pornography images.

Court was also told Rustulka had a device on his computer that could potentially distribute images, though he was unaware of its capabilities and was not using it.

Crown attorney Shauna Silver stayed possession and making child porn charges from the same incident.

A charge of possessing child pornography carries a mandatory minimum 90 days jail sentence, though Rustulka’s lawyer, Alan Libman, noted the Crown will be seeking a ‘significantly higher’ sentence.

Rustulka will be sentenced on Sept. 28 in Steinbach.

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