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Dec 31

Child porn charges shock Montreal church


William Kokesch is shown in this undated police handout photo. The Montreal deacon has been accused of producing and distributing child pornography. (Montreal police/Canadian Press)

Deacon was ‘a big part of the church,’ parishioner says

Some parishioners at a Montreal Catholic church were shocked to learn Sunday that a deacon is being charged with producing and distributing child pornography.

William Kokesch, 65, was arrested Friday morning and charged on Saturday via video link at the Montreal courthouse.

Police said they found more than 2,000 images of children on a computer. His bail hearing will be held Monday at the Montreal courthouse.

Kokesch, who lives in Pointe-Claire, was a deacon for the St-Edmund of Canterbury parish in Beaconsfield on Montreal’s West Island.

Carmella Guerriero told CBC News she was mortified by the news.

“I’m here this morning without my kids,” Guerriero said on her way into the church.

“I just want to see if they have anything to say about what’s happened. It’s horrible,” she said, adding that she is no longer comfortable having her children attend the church.

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