LETHBRIDGE: As expected 65-year old Richard Buis entered guilty pleas Tuesday morning on charges of possessing and accessing child pornography.
The charges of distributing child pornography are expected to be dropped by the Crown.
After entering the pleas, it was revealed that it was his wife who first found the material and contact police. In March of 2010 Buis was away on a business trip to China as part of his position as Vice-President at Lethbridge College, a position he has since resigned from. While he was gone his wife was searching through one of the laptops he used at home, which was property of Lethbridge College, when she came across the material.
An investigation by police found a total of 17 videos showing children involved in sexual acts. The Crown described the material as "violent and disturbing."
The ages of the children ranged from one to 15.
A joint proposal from the Crown and Defence is asking for eight-months in custody, followed by two-years of probation and 10-years on the Sex Offender Information Registry.
Defence council Balfour Der noted that while the sentence may be lighter then some others, he explained that Buis is a first time offender and has no criminal record for 65-years. He added that his client told him that he wished to enter a guilty plea early in the process.
Der went on to say that the probation order will also include numerous conditions that will mostly focus on keeping Buis away from children under the age of 16 after he is released from custody.
Another condition will also give police or his probation officer the right to go into his house without a warrant at any time to check his computer.
The judge will now review both the joint-proposal and materials in the case, and hand down a sentence February 14th.