Quebec deacon in child porn bust has bail hearing postponed

A Montreal-area deacon facing child pornography charges will spend Christmas in jail after his bail hearing was pushed back.

William Kokesch, 65, was arrested Friday morning and charged with distribution and production of child pornography.

Kokesch was silent during a brief court appearance in Montreal on Monday. His bail hearing was rescheduled for Dec. 27.

The Pointe-Claire resident was a deacon for the St-Edmund of Canterbury parish in Beaconsfield on Montreal's West Island.

He also worked as a communications director for the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops and helped co-ordinate World Youth Day conferences in Toronto, Rome and Paris, according to the organization's website.

The Archdiocese of Montreal released a statement on Saturday saying Kokesch had been removed from all ministry and pastoral activity.

Montreal police said they seized more than 2,000 images from a computer, but did not release any other details about the allegations.

Kokesch has not yet entered a plea.

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