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Hearings continue in Vancouver child pornography case

Kristjon Otto Olson faces allegations involving 12 children under 16 years of age.
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Vancouver Provincial Court.

Hearings to determine admissibility of evidence in the case of an East Vancouver man facing multiple charges of making child pornography resumed in Vancouver Provincial Court July 18.

Kristjon Otto Olson is charged with 14 counts of making child pornography involving 12 children under 16 years of age.

He appeared in court with lawyer Guillaume Garih for the continuations of voir dires in the case. They're a mini-hearing within a trial to see if evidence can be admitted in the trial proper.

Vancouver Police Department spokesperson Sgt. Steve Addison said at the time that the charges came after the department’s Internet Child Exploitation Unit worked for nearly two years to gather evidence and secure criminal charges in the case, which involved child sexual abuse material.

The RCMP has said the 47 Canadians caught in the operation face 186 charges.

Interpol listed 12 children being safeguarded from harm in Canada with seven in B.C. Overall, 146 children were safeguarded. While not all arrests have been made public, Australian Federal Police announced more than 100 Australians have been arrested in their related Operation Molto.

The international investigation led by investigators in New Zealand, dubbed Operation H, involved police from across Canada, Australia and Europe along with the FBI.

The alleged offences in the Olson charges occurred after police in 2017 warned Olson was moving to Vancouver and was of a high risk to reoffend. He was released to a halfway house. He is now detained at North Fraser Pretrial Centre in Port Coquitlam. 

Those charges span March 2018 to February 2020.

He is further charged with possession and selling child pornography.

Olson is also charged with one count of exposing his genitals to persons under 16 and another similar charge involving Person A, who was under 16 between January 2019 and January 2020.

Olson is also charged with committing extortion of Person A.

Two counts of invitation to sexual touching are also alleged. One involves allegedly inviting, counselling or inciting Person A to touch a John Doe for a sexual purpose.

There is also a count of communicating with a person believed to be under 16.

The case will be heard by a judge sitting alone, court documents show.

There are currently 27 further court dates set, according to court registry documents.