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Former Okanagan reporter charged with child porn avoids trial

David Andrew Preston has avoided trial for child porn charges but has agreed to a one year peace bond.
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February 10, 2016 - 9:13 AM

KELOWNA – A former journalist charged with possessing child porn has avoided prosecution.

David Andrew Preston, 52, was facing three charges including making or publishing child porn, importing or distributing and possession of child porn. According to completed court records he entered a one-year peace bond.

The undertaking limits his contact with anyone under 18 years old and prevents him from writing material that advocates sexual activity with children.

According to Global Okanagan, the case started in a chat room in 2013 when Preston told an undercover officer he had sex with his four children. In Kelowna court Tuesday Preston’s lawyer Wade Jenson said there was no evidence his client ever touched a child and was only fantasizing.

A psychiatric report says the behavior is related to an obsessive compulsive disorder.

Preston is the creator of an online news source called Peachlandnews.com. His last post was Oct. 8 when he cited problems in his personal life as his reason for discontinuing the publication. His last post was recently removed and Peachlandnews.com is no longer available on the web.

Preston is to have no contact with anyone under 18 unless in the presence of another adult who has been approved by his probation officer. Any breaches of the order could result in criminal prosecution.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Adam Proskiw at aproskiw@infonews.ca or call 250-718-0428. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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