Real estate appraiser faces three child porn charges

Joshua Kitsul of Abbotsford released with court-ordered conditions

  • May. 15, 2017 9:15 a.m.

An Abbotsford real estate appraiser has been charged with three child pornography offences following an investigation that began in March.

Joshua James Kitsul, 33, has been charged with two counts of making child porn available and one count of possession of child porn.

Const. Ian MacDonald said the Abbotsford Police Department’s major crime unit received information in March and April that an internet subscriber in Abbotsford was uploading images of child sexual abuse.

A suspect was identified in connection to the internet account, and investigators executed a search warrant at that person’s residence on April 28.

Investigators seized numerous computers, data storage devices and cellphones. An examination of the material on those items revealed images of child pornography, MacDonald said.

Kistul, who operates Kitsul Realty Advisors Ltd., was arrested on April 29 and has now been charged.

He has been released from custody under court-ordered conditions, including that he not access the internet except for work and that he not be within 200 metres of a school ground, public park, daycare centre, swimming pool, playground or recreation centre where people under the age of 18 are expected to be.

Other conditions include that he:

– not be engaged in any activity that involves contact or communication with people under the age of 18 using a computer system; and

– not be in contact or communicate directly or indirectly with, or be alone in the presence of, any person who reasonably appears to be under 18 unless in the direct presence of an adult aware of the charges.

Anyone with information concerning this investigation is asked to call the Abbotsford Police Department at 604-859-5225 or text 222973(abbypd).

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