Guilty pleas expected in Vernon child porn case

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VERNON - A Vernon man accused of luring children online and making or publishing child pornography is expected to enter a guilty plea this fall.

According to the Vernon court registry, David Clayton Willerth, born in 1974, intends to enter guilty pleas Oct. 6. It is unknown which of Willerth’s 25 counts, or how many of them he intends to plead guilty to.

Willerth was arrested in July 2013 following a two-week investigation involving the Vernon RCMP and the B.C. Integrated Child Exploitation Unit.

Computers and other items of interest to the investigation were seized from Willerth’s 47 Avenue residence in Vernon at the time of his arrest. He has been held in custody ever since.

Willerth’s charges include communicating by computer to lure a child under 16, making or publishing child pornography and invitation to sexual touching of a person under 16.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at chelston@infotelnews.ca or call 250-309-5230. To contact the editor, email mjones@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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