No ad­di­tional charges in child pornog­ra­phy case

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - THE HAMIL­TON SPEC­TA­TOR

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.

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