No additional charges in child pornography case
Hamilton police notified a minor hockey association that a 43-yearold coach was among four charged in a child pornography bust, but say there is no indication of any other crimes.
“At this time, nothing goes beyond what the individuals have been charged with in the initial media release,” said police spokesperson Const. Asuf Khokhar.
Steven West is charged with possession of child pornography, making child pornography available, and accessing child pornography.
At the time of his arrest, he was the head coach of the Hamilton Huskies’ major peewee Minor Development Red team, coaching boys 12 and under.
His are among 11 charges laid against four men as a result of seven search warrants executed across Hamilton between Feb. 13 and 27.
The investigation was prompted by information from the National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre.
While the four men were arrested as part of the same police project, dubbed Project Silver Thaw, the cases are not connected, Khokhar said. Police would not disclose details about the nature of the child pornography uncovered.
Also charged are: Gary Taylor, 74, Stephen Lachance, 35, and Robert Simmons, 50, all of Hamilton.