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Child porn charges for Dartmouth coach

A Dartmouth, N.S., volleyball coach is facing three more sex charges related to alleged offences against a 17-year-old girl.

A Dartmouth, N.S., volleyball coach is facing three more sex charges related to alleged offences against a 17-year-old girl.

Joseph Emile "Luc" Potvin, 53, was arrested Friday after Halifax Regional Police raided his Portland Hills Drive home following a complaint. Potvin spent the weekend in the Central Nova Correctional Facility in Burnside before appearing in Dartmouth Provincial Court Monday.

Potvin faced new charges consisting of sexual assault, production of child pornography and distribution of child pornography.  

'Position of trust'

"Last week, police received a complaint about a man’s conduct with a 17-year-old female with whom he held a position of trust," said Const. Brian Palmeter in a media release Monday.

"As a result of the investigation, a search was conducted at a Portland Hills Drive residence ... and officers located evidence of child pornography on computer equipment."

Potvin also faces charges of luring a child, sexual exploitation and possession of child pornography.

Potvin is a volleyball coach and referee for youth leagues in Dartmouth. On Monday afternoon, Volleyball Nova Scotia president David Swetnam announced he would be suspended.

"In light of the serious charges that have been laid against Mr. Luc Potvin, who has been an active youth volleyball coach and referee, Volleyball Nova Scotia has made a determination that Mr. Potvin, as of Friday May 13, 2011, will not be involved in any Volleyball Nova Scotia-sanctioned activities and programs while his situation is before the legal system," Swetnam said in a media release.

"After a legal finding is rendered, the board of VNS will meet to determine what action will then take place. Volleyball Nova Scotia is also in the process of obtaining information on counseling help for any athlete that should wish it."

166 pages of text messages

Court records allege Potvin unlawfully used a computer to communicate with a person under 18 for the purpose of sexual exploitation, had related images and written material and that he was in a position of trust or authority and allegedly abused that position for a sexual purpose by touching directly or indirectly a young person's body with part of his body.

The Crown said it has 166 pages of text messages to go through in relation to the charges.

The Department of Justice says that while the age of sexual consent is 16, it rises to 18 when the sexual activity "exploits" the young person — "when it involves prostitution, pornography or occurs in a relationship of authority, trust or dependency (e.g., with a teacher, coach or babysitter)."

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