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Kelowna man pleads guilty to inappropriate relationship with 12-year-old

December 05, 2016 - 8:00 PM

KELOWNA – A Kelowna man admits he was seen having inappropriate contact and taking nude photos of a 12-year-old girl.

Steven Craig Walsh, 47, pleaded guilty to sexual interference of someone under 16, making child pornography and possession of child pornography.

Kelowna RCMP began investigating Walsh in May 2012 after employees at a local hotel told police a man and a young girl he said was his daughter were seen kissing in a hot tub.

“One witness says she saw them acting like boyfriend and girlfriend,” Crown lawyer Dave Grabavac said on the first day of sentencing submissions in Kelowna Provincial Court today, Dec. 5.

Walsh was arrested at the hotel in November after the victim admitted that Walsh “got too close.”

When police searched the hotel room they found a camera with pictures of the girl asleep naked next to a stuffed animal.

Grabavac says over 120 images and video met the definition of child pornography. Walsh was released on bail Nov. 25, 2012.

Crown and Walsh’s lawyer Tim Russell are scheduled to continue making submissions this week after which he will be sentenced.

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