Man faces new child porn charges

Former Kitch­ener res­i­dent ini­tially ar­rested in July was out on bail

Waterloo Region Record - - LOCAL - Liz Mon­teiro, Record staff

KITCH­ENER — A 52-year-old man who used to run a Kitch­ener cen­tre that pro­vided free sup­port for cancer pa­tients has been ar­rested a sec­ond time on child pornog­ra­phy charges.

Ger­ard Seguin, who now lives out­side Water­loo Re­gion, was ar­rested Thurs­day morn­ing. He ap­peared in a Kitch­ener court­room on Thurs­day.

He re­mains in cus­tody and re­turns for a bail hear­ing Dec. 13. A pub­li­ca­tion ban pro­hibits pub­lish­ing any ev­i­dence re­lated to the charges.

Seguin was the former ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of HopeSpring Cancer Sup­port Cen­tre in Kitch­ener. He left the agency last Fe­bru­ary.

Seguin was first ar­rested on July 25. He was charged with pos­ses­sion of child pornog­ra­phy af­ter po­lice seized com­puter equip­ment at a house in Kitch­ener.

The house was searched as part of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion of Water­loo Re­gional Po­lice’s cy­ber­crime unit into com­plaints re­lated to child pornog­ra­phy from Septem­ber 2016 to July 2017.

Seguin was out on bail on the first charge when he was ar­rested again Thurs­day.

The sec­ond set of charges in­clude two counts of mak­ing child pornog­ra­phy, four counts of mak­ing child pornog­ra­phy avail-

able, and one count of agree­ment or ar­range­ment of a sex­ual of­fence against a child.

Seguin, sporting a beard and glasses, sat hand­cuffed dur­ing his brief court ap­pear­ance Thurs­day. He wore a grey T-shirt and ath­letic pants. He was hold­ing a sweat­shirt.

Linda Maxwell, di­rec­tor of op­er­a­tions at HopeSpring, was shocked to hear about the charges.

“I know noth­ing about this,” she said Thurs­day. “This is the first time I’m hear­ing about this.”

Maxwell said Seguin left HopeSpring in Fe­bru­ary to pur­sue other en­deav­ours. “I find this re­ally sad,” she said.

Seguin was hired as the ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of HopeSpring in Novem­ber 2013.

Last Jan­uary, the agency an­nounced it would have to close its doors by the end of March be­cause it didn’t have enough money to re­main open.

The agency op­er­ates solely on donations.

But an emer­gency com­mu­nity fundrais­ing cam­paign raised more than $300,000, and the agency then said it would re­main open.

The cen­tre has been pro­vid­ing free sup­port to cancer pa­tients, their fam­i­lies and care­givers since 1995. About 1,500 peo­ple use the cen­tre a year.

Be­fore start­ing at HopeSpring, Seguin was the di­rec­tor of de­vel­op­ment and donor re­la­tions for the Kitch­ener-Water­loo Sym­phony for six months.

In a sym­phony newslet­ter in April 2013, the or­ga­ni­za­tion touted Seguin as hav­ing ex­ten­sive fundrais­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, in­clud­ing at the Ot­tawa Pub­lic Li­brary, and the Cana­dian Cancer So­ci­ety and Ju­ravin­ski Cancer Cen­tre.

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