Man acquitted of child porn charges

By KISS FM Vernon
September 27, 2017 - 2:27pm

VERNON, B.C. — A Vernon man has been acquitted of child pornography charges, due to a technicality.

56 year old William Munton was facing two charges of making child porn, and one of possessing it.

However, BC Supreme Court Justice Hope Hyslop dismissed the case, after ruling  in favour of a defence claim that the search warrants police used to obtain the evidence were invalid.

Hyslop said in her ruling "material facts were omitted in the warrants" which were used to obtain images of alleged child porn from Munton's computer, his cell phone, and on a CD found in his house.

Munton's lawyer Julian Van Der Walle (WALL) told the media, they were happy with the result, and called the judge's decision "reasonable."
Crown lawyer Jeremy Guild had no comment.

Munton faces 19 counts of arson in a separate case tied to a series of fires around Vernon in 2014.

Those charges will be in court Oct. 11 for a pre trial conference.

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