Kelowna man charged in alleged international child pornography case

The police investigation originated in Australia.

A man arrested in connection to an alleged international child exploitation ring has now been charged.

Darold Dean Vance, 53, made his first court appearance earlier this month on charges of possession of child pornography and importing or distributing child pornography that date back to March of 2010.

His arrest was not announced until August, when police agencies said they cracked an alleged child exploitation network and arrested 11 people, including a Kelowna man. The charges were not laid until sometime later.

The investigation was first undertaken by the Australian Federal Police in March 2010 when an officer established a covert identity on Facebook and was approached by one of the alleged network members.

By August, the investigation had spread across four continents and resulted in the arrest of two Canadians, three Australians and six people from the United Kingdom.

Vance is scheduled to make his next appearance at the Kelowna Law Courts on March 24.