Beaconsfield deacon facing child porn charges returns to court next month

A Beaconsfield deacon facing child pornography charges has had his case pushed back because of more evidence submitted by the crown.

William Kokesch, 66, was not present for a brief hearing at the Montreal courthouse this morning when they set a next court date for late next month, enough time for the defence to evaluate the recent evidence.

"I was actually surprised to receive it. There was a further analysis of what had been seized in this case," defence lawyer Jeffrey Boro told reporters.

"Some of it was noteworthy enough that I felt a further examination of the file was necessary."

Crown prosecutor Dominique Potvin told the judge they should determine at the next hearing whether there'll be a settlement or a trial date set. Boro would not say if a guilty plea was in the offing.

Kokesch faces charges of child porn production, distribution and possession. He was arrested in December 2012. Police at the time said they seized 2,000 child porn images and computer devices at Kokesch's West Island home and office.

Boro said his client is receiving help and counselling.

"Yes, he is, from different levels including the church," Boro explained. When asked how Kokesch was doing, Boro said his client is having difficulties dealing with the situation.

"Not that well. Anybody faced wtih serious charges such as these that has a somewhat of a public persona certainly is suffering quite a bit," Boro said.

Kokesch was temporarily relieved of his pastoral duties and is out on bail.

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