05/14/2015 02:18 EDT | Updated 05/14/2016 05:59 EDT

Jerry Waselenkoff, Retired B.C. Teacher Acquitted Of Child Porn Charge, Wants To Work With Kids

KAMLOOPS, B.C. - A retired special-education teacher accused of stashing child pornography beneath a vent in his Kamloops, B.C., condominium has been acquitted.

Jerry Waselenkoff, 66, said outside court that he would like to return to working with dyslexic children.

"This has been a very long and arduous process that I don't wish on anybody," he said Thursday. "At this point I just want to relax and get back to my life."

Waselenkoff's lawyer, Glen Orris, said that if people have concluded from media reports that his client is guilty, "then that's their problem, not mine."

"If that's the kind of people that this community has then obviously his reputation is in trouble but I don't think that's what the people of this city believe," he said.

On Wednesday, Waselenkoff admitted in B.C. Supreme Court to regularly watching adult pornography, saying it's something that all men do.

“I’m not a pervert," he said.

He was charged with a single count of possessing child pornography.

Court heard Waselenkoff's downstairs neighbour uncovered binders of CDs containing child pornography in his ceiling while performing minor renovations in 2012.

Waselenkoff said he accidentally stumbled upon child pornography on a few occasions, saying he would mistakenly be directed to it while clicking on different links.

Some of the search terms uncovered by police on Waselenkoff’s computer included “Lolita,” “12 yo” and “defloweration.”

“They come up all the time,” he said. “You often see, ‘Lolita, Lolita, Lolita.”

Waselenkoff became angry when describing his tenuous relationship with his neighbour, Franz Van der Woning, who found the child porn discs, and described him as a “buffoon."

Crown lawyer Frank Caputo asked Waselenkoff whether he believed Van der Woning was the one who stashed the pornography.

“I don’t think he did it,” Waselenkoff said. “I don’t know who did. I doubt he did. I don’t know what happened — I really don’t. All I know is there are certain things that, logically, I can’t make sense of.”

The trial is expected to end with closing arguments this week. (CFJC, Kamloops This Week)


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