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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Ontario Liberal Buddy - Benjamin Levin charged with 2 more child porn offences

Police laid two more charges Wednesday against a University of Toronto professor who was arrested Monday on child porn charges.

Toronto Star
Benjamin Levin, 61, now faces charges of possessing child pornography and accessing child pornography following a raid on his north-end home Monday.
The charges were filed Wednesday morning in a North York court at Levin’s scheduled bail hearing.
The Crown is expected to contest Levin’s release after a judge remanded him to custody for two days to allow police to conduct further investigation.
Levin was earlier charged with two counts of distributing child pornography and one count each of making child pornography, counselling to commit an indictable offence and agreeing to or arranging for a sexual offence against a child under 16.
Levin, 61, was appearing in a North York courtroom Wednesday morning for a bail hearing after he was arrested Monday and charged with five counts of child exploitation including making child pornography.
He is being represented by Toronto defence lawyer Gerald Chan, who said Levin plans to “vigorously defend” the charges against him.
“This is not someone whose bail should be denied,” Chan told reporters on Monday outside the courthouse.
“In the circumstances, he’s holding up reasonably well … He’s anxious to defend the charges.”
The former member of Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne’s transition team and father of three is well-respected in both the academic and political communities, which were stunned by the charges.
Investigators in New Zealand and London provided information to Toronto Police’s child exploitation section after conducting their own undercover work.
A section of New Zealand’s internal affairs which deals with online child abuse sent information to Toronto after an undercover investigator began chatting with a suspect in January and was passed “child abuse materials,” senior inspector Jon Peacock told the Star.
Levin is currently employed as a tenured professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, and is the Canada research chair in education leadership and policy.
The Winnipeg native rose through the ranks of Manitoba politics after graduating from the University of Manitoba, Harvard University and then the University of Toronto.
In Manitoba, he was appointed as deputy minister of both the department of advanced education and department of education, training and youth where he served between 1999 and 2002.
He was recruited to Ontario politics under former premier Dalton McGuinty in 2004 and was named deputy minister of education where he served until 2009.
Levin was named to Wynne’s transition team in January.
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