Former principal convicted in child porn case

 

A former Fort Nelson elementary school principal has been convicted in a child porn case.

The court found Kelly McNeice guilty on one count of accessing child pornography. He was also found not guilty on one count of possession of child pornography.

In his ruling, Justice I. Meiklem, told the court in Fort St. John that he was not satisfied beyond a reasonable doubt that McNeice knowingly stored any images to retain for his possession or another person’s possession. However, he also said that the court was satisfied beyond a reasonable doubt that he had indeed accessed child pornography.

Upon hearing the verdict, McNeice sat quietly and showed no expression.

The charges stemmed from various occasions when he was accused of accessing child pornography. Two of the incidents occurred in June of 2006 when he supposedly downloaded more than 100 images from a German website onto a home computer and 74 of those were found to match the Canadian definition of child porn.

He was arrested and an RCMP search, that included members of the Integrated Child Exploitation Team, was conducted at the family’s house in Fort Nelson on May 8, 2007.

McNeice is a former principal of R.L. Angus Elementary School. The police had also found some ‘relevant’ images on his work computer.

Early in the morning on May 9, 2007, after being released from police custody, he jumped off a bridge into a river near the municipality. He had also left a letter addressed to his family in his car that was left on the bridge. Part of the letter stated that he was sorry for the embarrassment to his family that the situation had caused.

Justice Meiklem told the court that McNeice’s apparent suicide attempt seemed somewhat indicative of his guilt.

Under Canadian law, the mandatory minimum sentence for anyone convicted, by indictment, of possessing or accessing child pornography is 45 days in prison.

He will be sentenced at a later date.

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