The former director of B'nai Brith Quebec, Bill Surkis, has pleaded guilty to child pornography charges after agreeing to a plea bargain.
Surkis and his wife made a brief appearance at the Montreal courthouse Wednesday morning
In return for a guilty plea to charges of possessing and accessing child pornography, the Crown dropped a charge of distributing child pornography, said prosecutor Cynthia Gyenizse.
Explicit files were discovered on Surkis' computer when he brought it in for repairs in 2008.
The technician contacted police after 86 videos and 153 photos were found, including images of girls aged six to 12 years.
Surkis's lawyer had previously said he would argue the videos were downloaded as part of research Surkis was undertaking.
I was reminded of a similar story I covered in Dec. 2008 about Wade Sanders, former Swift Boat crew mate of John Kerry's. Sanders plead guilty to possessing child porn, but also tried to pass off what he was doing as "research".
"Research"? Come to my house, gentlemen and let's "research" methods of "cruel and unusual punishment". I sure the results will be every bit as satisfying for me as yours was for you!*
*Closed Captioning for the Hyperbole Impaired: I really really dislike these people!
Cross posted at Say Anything, Left Coast Rebel