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Former Vernon Métis association president charged with child pornography

August 29, 2020 - 7:30 AM

The former president of a North Okanagan Métis association has been charged with possession of child pornography.

Vernon resident Randall Stephen Spinks, born 1962, was charged in February with two charges of possession of child pornography. The alleged crimes took place in July 2018 and February 2020.

Spinks, who goes by the name Randy, was the president of the Vernon and District Métis Association until 2018. It's unclear how many years he spent as president but Spinks was a board member for numerous years.

Spinks told he had been an active member of the group for a number of years but was no longer involved with the association. He refused to comment on his upcoming trial.

In August 2015, Spinks launched a GoFundme campaign to raise money for an insulin pump, as he has had Type 1 diabetes since childhood. A 2015 article in the Vernon Morning Star says Spinks was then the vice-president of the Vernon and District Métis Association and volunteered in its youth programs. It also says Spinks volunteered with the Vernon Vipers and collected stuffed toys for the annual Viper Teddy Bear Toss for local children.

A post to the Vernon and District Métis Association Facebook page in February 2018, calls for a special meeting to be held to have Spinks removed from his position of president. The posts state a lack of respect for fellow members, unbecoming conduct, not fulfilling his required duties, and failure to put the needs of the association's members first. In April 2018, a new president took over the position.

Spinks is currently waiting for a trial date to be set at the B.C. Supreme Court.

None of the allegations have been proved in court.

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