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    Canada~Child porn sweep nets 57 (including clown)

    http://www.cbc.ca/canada/montreal/st...6.html?ref=rss

    Child pornography sweep nets 57

    Former priest already serving time after investigation


    "Police have filed more than 200 charges and arrested 57 men in Canada and overseas after a 14-month investigation into child pornography.

    The arrests that began in 2009 are the result of work by 13 law enforcement agencies, including Toronto police, the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and German police. All the men arrested are alleged to be part of the same network. Twenty-five of the accused are Canadian and face a total of 131 charges, Toronto police Det. Paul Krawczyk said at a news conference Wednesday.

    The men are from all over Canada, including Vancouver and Conception Bay South, N.L. Seven are from Toronto, Krawczyk said. At least one of the accused is from Quebec.

    Toronto police said they didn't want to divulge too many details about the operation and possibly jeopardize future investigations...."

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    "....Ex-priest serving 2 years

    Police in St. John's confirmed the man Krawczyk was referring to is 51-year-old Robin Barrett, a former Anglican priest, of Conception Bay South.

    Royal Newfoundland Constabulary Const. Edward Billard said Barrett was the first person charged as part of the investigation that police dubbed Project Sanctuary. "In November 2009, the RNC's child exploitation unit received information from the metropolitan Toronto police that led to a search warrant being executed on this individual's home," said Billard. Police in St. John's seized Barrett's computer equipment.

    "Information extracted was passed on to the Toronto police and they did identify more individuals as a result of this and shared information with enforcement agencies inside and outside of Canada..."

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    Also related:

    http://www.thewhig.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2882142

    Clown part of international child porn investigation

    "A Napanee man who worked as a children's entertainer and who was charged with sex crimes and child pornography offences two months ago was snared in a massive, global child porn sweep, investigators have revealed...."

    and

    ".....Randy Miller [AKA, Honker the Clown] had worked in eastern Ontario for roughly 20 years as a children's entertainer at fairs, festivals and private parties. He also used the stage names Randolph the Balloonologist and Poppy, Santa's balloon elf. He also was a volunteer with a Beaver troop in Napanee...."

    and

    "..."No matter how big this is today, there'll be a bigger one next year and a bigger one the year after that, strictly because of technology," he [Det. Paul Krawczyk] said.

    "Hard drives are becoming bigger, cameras and video cameras are becoming smaller and cheaper, so the reality is it's easier to take photographs and it's easier to post them online and it's easier and faster than ever to trade them today. It'll be just that much faster and cheaper two years from today."

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    Way to go, Canada LE!!!!

    (no wonder so many kids do not like clowns)
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    Accused perv commits suicide, Toronto Canada

    http://www.torontosun.com/news/toron.../16501856.html

    A York University researcher charged in connection to an international porn ring took his own life Thursday, a day after the details of the case were made public.

    Richard Dyde, 47, of Toronto, had been charged with two counts of making child pornography available, possession of child pornography and making child pornography.

    The international probe led by Toronto Police - dubbed Project Sanctuary - involved 13 police departments across Canada, the U.S. and Europe. As a result of the project, there were 57 arrests and 25 children were rescued from abuse.

    The British-born research associate at York University was released on bail Wednesday. Police said he committed suicide Thursday.

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    Good, one less twisted freak in the world


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    He probably heard about what happens to people in prison who are accused of child molesting.

    When they take their lives, is it really justice? His career was definitely over with such an accusation.

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    Yikes!

    In light of the charges against him this photograph of him posing outside a 360 degree room is plain creepy.




    http://www.thestar.com/news/crime/ar...-kills-himself


    Cognitive neuroscience? The charges are interesting as he was charded with producing child pornography. It says that does not necessarily mean he made it but put it on a different medium? I didn't know that.

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    It's justice enough for me, the way I am feeling these days.
    Just my opinion, of course.

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    Should I move this thread to "News that makes you simile"?
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    Wait! Is this related to the neuroscience guy that killed himself?

    Have to go find that thread.

    Don't even get me started with Honkers The Clown. What can't he make? He was one of the 2008 Buskers under Randolph The Balloonologist.


    http://www.beautifulkingston.com/buskers.html


    Yep, Valleyboy shared with us that one of the 57 men caught in the sweep killed himself. A Neuroscience guy named Dyde. The thread is here.

    [ame="http://www.websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?p=5891339"]Accused perv commits suicide, Toronto Canada - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community[/ame]
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    Hmmmmmmmm, Tobias Stimpson (Toby) a student at York was so appalled last year he wrote a letter to the Editor kind of deal about hospitals being public places and Religion and well a bunch of stuff.

    A year later the guy is busted on child pornography charges. Hmmmpf.


    http://www.thepost.on.ca/ArticleDisp...true&e=1521176

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    Hi Filly, yes this is the same case. I saw his name yesterday but couldn't list them all. I knew Honker the Clown would get you so I put it in my header. Sad as it is to me, I've always wondered if the release on their own recognizance is not an allotted time for a man to discuss things with his "maker".

    http://www.thewhig.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2882142

    "Authorities arrested 57 men worldwide and laid 218 charges. The 25 Canadians charged face 131 charges. Among the Canadians is a 47-year-old York University professor, Richard Dyde, who is charged with making child pornography, and a 24- year-old residence don at York, Toby Stimpson.

    Some of the men already have been convicted....."

    more at link

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    Hi guys--We have another thread on this case here:

    [ame="http://www.websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=122245"]Canada~Child porn sweep nets 57 (including clown) - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community[/ame]

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    An update on Honker/Randolph/Poppy....the clown/balloonologist:

    http://intelligencer.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3066114

    Clown pleads guilty to child porn charges

    "NAPANEE, Ont. A local man who once worked as a clown and volunteered with Scouting groups has pleaded guilty to making and possession child porn, as well as sexually assaulting a minor. Randy Edward Miller, 40, appeared in front of Justice Stephen Hunter in provincial court in Napanee Thursday to face two counts of possession of child pornography, one count of making child pornography available and one count of sexual assault involving a minor. The details on the sexual assault are subject to a publication ban to protect the victim...."

    and

    "...Court was told Miller worked as a clown for 17 years, volunteered for a local Beavers group for 10 years, and attempted to adopt a child in 2002...."

    and


    Court was told police followed up a search warrant and confiscated Miller's personal computer, a computer at at his mother's house and found approximately 60,000 pornographic images of children. Many of those images were of boys ages three to five years old. Police intercepted an Internet discussion with another member of the network, in which Miller said he "liked young boys." Police also said they seized a model of a child's penis...."

    and

    "...Miller remained silent but his lawyer, Constance Baran-Gerez, said the number of "unique" child pornography images found on the computers was likely far fewer than reported..."

    and

    "...During Miller's career as a clown he used the names Honker the Clown, Randolph the Balloonologist and Poppy, Santa's Balloon Elf. "For me, it's about seeing the kids and seeing their faces. I love seeing them smile," he said in a 2002 interview..."

    More at link


    A photo of Honker:

    http://www.torontosun.com/news/canad.../17911741.html



    Can any of our Canadian posters explain what "making child porn" means in this case?
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    A bit more info on Honker's background:

    http://www.cancrime.com/2010/10/08/c...th-child-porn/

    "....The charges are the type laid when police believe someone is downloading and redistributing porn, but Miller is not charged with the more serious crime of producing child pornography, although, in their release, police said they raided two separate residences in Napanee on October 7 and seized two computers and cameras containing “images of child sexual abuse...."

    More at link (if you click on the large photo of Honker, you are taken to 4 photos of him, one which is a screengrab of his now closed website, where he reveals that he's traveled as far as Texas)

    I'm really curious as to whether "making" simply means downloading and trading. That's what it looks like.


    And if you search for Honker the Clown on Google Images, a number of photos come up. Am I jaded or does the third photo of him dressed up as an elf and holding a balloon monkey or elf bother anyone else? It sure seems as if he had a certain shape down pat.
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