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Details of West Kelowna child porn investigation revealed

Details about how a West Kelowna man was snared by Mounties allegedly trying to lure an underage girl into a sexual encounter are starting to be made known.

Police say Tyler Nowek, 29, was on an online chat forum in March, when he came across who he believed to be a 13-year-old girl, and sparked a conversation.

"The chat between the accused and (the) girl quickly became sexually explicit," said  Sgt. Mat Van Laer, of the BC Integrated Child Exploitation unit.

During the conversation, Nowek admitted he should not be interacting with the girl as he could get into trouble if caught.

Regardless of that understanding, he then allegedly ramped up the relationship and suggested meeting the  girl for a date. Instead of the planned face-to-face with the 13-year-old, however, Nowek was met April 2  with investigators from the West Kelowna RCMP and the BC ICE Unit, at his place of business, Ultimate Hockey and Skate Store.

"A search warrant was executed at the business shortly after. Nowek was released on a recognizance with conditions governing his access to children and the Internet," Van Laer said.

Charges of luring a child and making child pornography were laid and Nowek continues to deal with the incident in court.

Van Laer said that this case illustrates how quickly and brazenly child predators develop relationships online with children.

It's also an example of how seriously the RCMP are taking any hint of sexual exploitation.

Explaining the charges that Nowek faces, Van Laer explained the definition of making child pornography in Canada is relatively broad,  and its intention is to protect children from any sexual exploitation.

That means any visual or written representation of child pornography, or any writing that advocates or counsels someone how to take part in child porn are fodder for the charge.

"Whether it's fictitious or real child pornography makes no difference in Canada," he said.

In other countries, for example, Anime books that illustrate sexual acts with children would fall outside the radar of police, but in Canada they'd be illegal.

"It's really on the broader scope of the charge (against Nowek)

that this offence is listed," said Van Laer, adding that he can't go into specifics given that the case is before courts.

As the court case continues, however, Nowek's new life is starting to take shape.

He's been released with limitations on his contact with children and the internet and he's also severed ties with his business.

Ultimate Hockey and Skate Store owner Mark Cormier said "his former partner has been released of all business operations, completely."

As for whether the community will continue to support the store moving forward, that's up in the air.

"The community feedback has been a lot more positive than negative," Cormier said, noting that when people went out of their way to speak to him, they've been "awesome and supportive."

"Hopefully over the summertime we can move forward."

The BC Integrated Child Exploitation unit encourages you to report any suspicious online activity to Cybertip.ca.  Educational resources about how to prevent becoming a victim of online child exploitation are readily available at sites such as protectchildren.ca,, thedoorthatnotslocked.ca and kidsintheknow.ca.

 

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