Friday, March 26, 2010
Child Pornography: Accused planned to live with boys in Spain, said police
He describes himself as a hermit who hasn't left his Winnipeg home in four years and spends most of his waking hours on the computer.
Now Winnipeg police believe the 59-year-old child pornography suspect planned to move to Spain and live with young boys to serve as their "Master," according to court documents obtained by the Free Press.
The allegations are contained in affidavits used to obtain search warrants executed in October and again last week at the accused's Charleswood-area home as part of an ongoing investigation.
Police originally began investigating the man in September 2009 following a tip from investigators in Boynton Beach, Fla. He allegedly got caught in an online chat and "file sharing session" with an undercover officer who was sent 34 images child porn pictures and one video, according to the court documents. Investigators raided his house in October 2009 and seized several computers and storage devices. The man was charged with child pornography offences but released on a promise to appear in court at a later date. His conditions included having no Internet access.
"He commented that he had not left his house in the past four years... that he did not have visitors, indicating he even has his groceries delivered to the house" police wrote in their affidavit.
A second, more extensive investigation began in December when police officers learned the man had obtained a new computer and started posting questions on a popular genealogy website. He claimed to be in ailing health and searching for information about his family history. Police began tracking the man's online activity and learned that he had allegedly created a new dial-up Internet account on Nov. 30, 2009. He had also created an "encrypted" email account and sent a note to network administrators asking them not to put his real name on any invoices.
Police allege the accused spent 33 hours online in a three-day period in early December. Officers set up a fake account on the genealogy website and engaged him in conversation. They were also able to remotely gain access to his computer, which allowed a peek inside his online dealings. Police discovered a computer folder labelled "Friends" that contained several pictures of naked boys between the ages of 10 and 14. They also learned the accused has created an account on a dating website specializing in "bondage, domination, sadism and masochism." He was also exchanging emails with a website that features child porn stories.
The most disturbing find was a series of emails between the accused and a young man in Spain named "Peter."
"He writes about his intent to live with this male in Spain after dealing with his criminal charges. He talks about buying a cage for their home. He indicates he would not mind seeing Peter (have sex with) 'younger lads'," police wrote. "He asks in another email if Peter would want to keep a younger teen as well. He refers to himself as 'Master' and to Peter as his 'boi'."
Police executed the second warrant last Thursday, seizing the new computer and electronic storage devices. Police have charged with man with breaching his bail conditions and are now poring through the material to determine what additional charges might be laid. The accused, Kenneth Kreton, remains in custody.
First of all, great article by Mike McIntyre! Such a great writer and the transitions from one idea to the next are stellar.
This man should definitely be in custody. The activities he was participating in, were horrible.