Child Porn Update: High School Teacher Released on Bail

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(THUNDER BAY, ON) – On Thursday, November 28th, 2019, the Thunder Bay Police Service made an arrest in connection with an ongoing investigation of accessing child pornography.

Officers with the service’s Cyber Crimes Unit started an investigation in October when they located suspicious files that were made available for download.

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Through the course of their online investigation officers learned the files being shared were consistent with child pornography and that the address of the user accessing those files was local to Thunder Bay.

As a result of these findings, police obtained and executed a search warrant at a home in the 100 block of Robertson Street on Tuesday Nov. 26. Evidence connected to this ongoing investigation was seized, including several devices, during this search. Over 100 images were located.

Police examined that evidence and on Thursday, Nov. 28 arrested and charged a male accused.

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Local high school teacher, 42-year-old Jason William Sparling, of Thunder Bay, is charged with Accessing Child Pornography and Possession of Child Pornography.

He appeared in bail court Friday and was remanded into custody with a future appearance date of Dec. 3, 2019.

Sparling was a teacher previously in Winnipeg. The school board says that he is not teaching for the time being. Sources say that Sparling has at least one outstanding warrant for his arrest in Manitoba.

On December 3rd, 2019, Sparling appeared in courtroom 304 in front of Senior Regional Justice of the Peace Bernard Caron. His legal counsel, Jilbert Lebine managed to secure his release.

He was released on a $1000 non-deposit bail plan with a surety. His conditions are:

  • Reside at an address approved by his surety except to attend in Manitoba to have arrest warrant executed, for employment purposes, medical emergencies or in the presence of your surety. As well as not the address in the 100 block of Robertson Street.
  • Curfew of 10:00 pm to 7:00 am.
  • Do not contact or communicate with one person.
  • Do not be in the company of or communicate, directly or indirectly, by any physical, electronic or other means with males or females under the age of 16 years, unless in the presence of your surety or a responsible adult.
  • Do not possess any weapons as defined by the criminal code.
  • Do not possess any cell phone, pager, personal digital assisstant that has access to the internet or other digital network.
  • Do not possess or use any computers or any other devices that has access to the internet or other digital network.

Sparling is scheduled to return to court in Thunder Bay on January 10th, 2020.

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2 Replies to “Child Porn Update: High School Teacher Released on Bail”

  1. Another fool making bad choices.

    Sounds like he had things going pretty good until now. His life will be forever altered and not for the better.

  2. This is someone who has been placed in a position of authority over teenagers?????? Throw the god-damned book at him, and lock him away for years.

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