Child porn charges laid on Toronto nudist.

Don Peat

Toronto Sun

First posted: Thursday, May 13, 2010

Julian Mardon, 75, of Toronto, is charged with buggery, two counts of indecent assault on a male, two counts of gross indecency, three counts of making or possessing obscene matter, mailing obscene matter, possession of child pornography and making child pornography. He is expected to appear in court Thursday. Police released a current and past photo.

A 75-year-old nudist is facing 11 historical sex and child pornography charges.

Toronto Police Det.-Const. Joel Manherz said Dutch police passed information to them recently that helped track down alleged local victims of the man.

Officers searched the man's downtown home Wednesday before announcing the arrest and charges Thursday.

Police alleged the man was communicating with Edward Brongersma, a former Dutch politician who died in 1998.

"He was (allegedly) trading letters and photos with that gentleman," Manherz told the Sun Thursday. "We were able to refresh that information."

Brongersma was a member of the Dutch senate, an advocate of lowering the age of consent for homosexual relationships and author of the book Loving Boys.

When Brongersma died, Dutch police seized his collection of visual material as child pornography.

Investigators alleged that between 1969 and 1985, the Toronto man photographed more than 40 child victims from 10 different countries in sexually explicit poses. The man had sexual relations with many of the children, police said.

The alleged victims are from Canada, England and eight other countries, Manherz said.

Police said the man gained access through his affiliation with various nudist organizations around the world.

Detectives released the suspect's photo, one showing his current appearance and one as he appeared a few years go in the hopes of tracking down more alleged victims.

Julian Mardon , 75, of Toronto, is charged with buggery, two counts of indecent assault on a male, two counts of gross indecency, three counts of making or possessing obscene matter, mailing obscene matter, possession of child pornography and making child pornography. He is expected to appear in court Tuesday.

Police said the investigation was a result of co-operation with the Haarlem Police in the Netherlands, Interpol, the OPP and the National Child Exploitation Co-ordination Centre.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-8500, childexploitation@torontopolice.on.ca, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS, online at 222tips.com, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES.

Stephane Deschenes, director of the Federation of Canadian Naturists, called the charges sad and unfortunate.

He stressed naturism does not provide access to sex offenders.

"It is a family activity," Deschenes said. "No adult is in a position of power."

"Being affiliated with a naturist/nudist organization would not provide any more access than joining any other group," he said.

"Being dressed has not kept children safe," Deschenes stated in a press release later.

"Those who prey on children are attracted to any place where children can be found," he said.

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