A church deacon recently arrested on charges of child pornography, William Kokesch, spent Christmas holiday in prison since his bail hearing was postponed until Thursday in the last court appearance on Monday. 65-years-old Kokesch was arrested on Friday for charges of distribution and production of child pornography. Police stated that Kokesch is a prominent deacon of St. Edmund of Canterbury Parish in Beaconsfield, while searching his Pointe Claire home and the church during the time of his arrest.
Archdiocese of Mont-real made an announcement soon after Kokesch’s arrest, claiming that it has immediately revoked Kokesch’s office and detached him from all ministry and pastoral activity. The statement alleged that “having just learned of the charges against Mr. Kokesch, the diocese is profoundly upset.” It added that “child pornography is an affront to human dignity, and our first concern rests with those who are its victims.” Police also took in custody, almost 2,000 computer files along with messages left by him on chat-room sites on the Internet.
Kokesch was a respected Vancouver native, married and father of five adult children. He was indicted on Saturday, when he denied entering a plea. Kokesch worked as a communications director for the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops in Ottawa. He has previously worked in the capacity of a reporter for The Gazette and in radio and TV news in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Not so surprisingly, he was quite well-known by the news media for his views of sex scandals engulfing the Catholic Church.
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