Guilty pleas entered in connection with child pornography case

An individual charged in a child pornography case earlier this spring has pleaded guilty to two of the three charges he was facing.

Brian Christopher Leibel pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography and accessing child pornography Monday in Estevan Provincial Court on Monday.

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A third charge, of transmission of child pornography, was stayed.

Leibel was present in court. His lawyer David Hickie entered the pleas on Leibel’s behalf.

The Saskatchewan Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Unit announced in April it had charged Leibel with child pornography offences regarding two complaints in December involving a user sharing child pornography through a popular social media application.

Members of the Saskatchewan ICE Unit and the Estevan Police Service (EPS) executed a search warrant at a residence in Estevan on Feb. 14, and found what they described as child pornography. A cellular phone and other computer devices were seized for further forensic analysis.

Leibel was arrested at the residence, charged and later released on numerous conditions.

Sentencing will occur on Aug. 19. 

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