Former Barriere fire chief facing child porn charges

By James Peters
November 8, 2016 - 4:45pm Updated: November 8, 2016 - 6:35pm

KAMLOOPS — The former volunteer fire chief in Barriere is facing child pornography charges.

Al Kirkwood resigned from the position last month amid a police investigation, also leaving his position as publisher of the North Thompson Star Journal and Clearwater Times.

Charges have now been sworn against Kirkwood, including importing or distributing child pornography and possessing child pornography.

The charges stem from separate incidents in July and October.

Last month, Barriere Mayor Virginia Smith confirmed RCMP briefly seized computers belonging to the district as part of its investigation.

His next court appearance is set for December 8 in provincial court in Kamloops

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