March 19, 2018
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Russian man gets 45 days in child pornography case

By Diana Graettinger

ST. STEPHEN, New Brunswick — A 41-year-old Russian man who had child pornography on his shipboard computer was sentenced in St. Stephen Provincial Court last week.

On Thursday, Sergey Vonarshenko entered a guilty plea in provincial court and was sentenced to 45 days in jail. He also was ordered to pay a fine of $3,000 (Canadian). He remained in jail Monday.

On Jan. 25, a ship that had called at the port in nearby Bayside, New Brunswick, was boarded by officials of the Canada Border Services Agency.

Onboard the ship, child pornography was discovered on a computer, the RCMP said on its Web site.

The RCMP’s New Brunswick Internet Child Exploitation Unit was called in to assist in the investigation.

Vonarshenko was arrested by the RCMP and charged with possession of child pornography. He was charged by Canada Border Services Agency for smuggling illegal goods into Canada.

Sgt. Claude Tremblay of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police explained the RCMP’s and Border Services’ roles in the arrest.

“[The pornography] was the [illegal] goods itself under the Customs Act, and we charged him for having it,” the sergeant said.

Tremblay said Monday that once Vonarshenko has served his jail time, he will be deported.

“When he does his 45 days, they will be waiting for him at the door and escort him to the nearest airport and he is gone,” Tremblay said.

Bayside is a small shipping port that brings in cargo from all over the world. It is located about 10 miles from St. Stephen and can be seen across the St. Croix River from Calais, Maine. St. Stephen and Calais share two land ports of entry, and a third is expected to open in November.

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