Former Ontario deputy education minister will plead guilty to some child porn charges, lawyer says

A high-profile University of Toronto professor who has held senior roles in the Ontario and Manitoba governments will plead guilty to some of the child-pornography charges levied against him, according to his lawyer.

Defence attorney Clayton Ruby confirmed Sunday that Benjamin Levin would admit guilt to some of the seven charges he’s expected to face in March, however Mr. Ruby wouldn’t specify which ones. The other charges are expected to be withdrawn.

Mr. Levin was arrested in 2013 amid an international online probe headed by investigators in New Zealand. He was charged with making and distributing child pornography, counselling another to commit an indictable offence and agreeing to or arranging for a sexual offence against a child. He has been free on bail since July 2013.

Mr. Levin, 61, was a deputy minister of education under former premier Dalton McGuinty, from 2004 until 2007. He also served as a member of current Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne’s transition team.

He was the deputy minister of advanced education and deputy minister of education, training and youth in Manitoba between 1999 and 2002.

source:http://news.nationalpost.com/2015/01/19/former-ontario-deputy-education-minister-will-plead-guilty-to-some-child-porn-charges-lawyer-says/