Thursday, August 03, 2006

Case of Gary Dolovich, former Executive Director of Manitoba Kosher, Winnipeg, Canada

Porn charges laidLegal researcher hired by province accused
Winnipeg Sun (Winnipeg, Canada)
July 21, 2006

A man hired by the province to research the law now finds himself fighting it.

Gary Philip Dolovich, 39, has been charged with 17 counts of distributing child pornography over the Internet.

The man, a lawyer on unpaid leave from his job as a legal researcher at the provincial Court of Appeal, was arrested Tuesday at Lester B. Pearson International Airport in Mississauga, Ont., as he got off a plane from England.

He was escorted back to Winnipeg by police officers Wednesday, then released on his own recognizance.

Police accuse Dolovich of distributing child porn through the Internet on 17 different occasions between May and September 2005. Police would not say to whom he was allegedly distributing it or where he allegedly got it from.

Const. Blair Good, a spokesman for Winnipeg police, said cops began to investigate the man after receiving a tip from a national police body that deals with child exploitation.

On Feb. 11, police seized several computers and hardware "from addresses known to" Dolovich, said Good.

Police would not specify where the computers were seized from. Jeff Schnoor, assistant deputy minister of courts for Manitoba Justice, said it doesn't appear any government computers were involved or that Dolovich was accessing child porn at work.

Following the February seizure, Dolovich was charged with one count each of possessing and accessing child porn. He was then released from custody with the conditions he not access the Internet, not possess any porn and avoid being alone with anyone under 18 years of age without the written permission of Child and Family Services.


Dolovich was put on unpaid leave from his job two days after the seizures, said Schnoor.

Martin Glazer, Dolovich's lawyer, said his client then went to visit family in England.

Meanwhile, police in Winnipeg combed through the seized computers and discovered what they claim is evidence Dolovich had distributed child porn on several occasions.

A Canada-wide warrant was issued for his arrest, and Dolovich was nabbed Tuesday as he returned to the country.

Glazer said his client had a return ticket to Winnipeg and was changing planes in Toronto. He doesn't understand why police didn't arrest him here.

Dolovich has again been released from custody on the condition he not leave Winnipeg. He also surrendered his Canadian and Israeli passports, since police now consider him a flight risk.

Since the man is a justice department employee, the Crown has brought in special prosecutor Marty Minuk to work on the case.

Dolovich's next court appearance is Aug. 31.

Glazer said his client is innocent until proven guilty and intends to fight the charges.


Anonymous Toni said...

Is there any updates concerning the August 31 court date.

September 03, 2007 6:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As of yesterday, he only received a two years less-a-day conditional sentence! The local child abuse advocate, also Jewish, was outraged, but there you have it.

April 02, 2009 3:56 PM  

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