Central Saanich man pleads guilty to sex crimes involving children

Central Saanich man pleads guilty to sex crimes involving children
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Johnathon Lee Robichaud pleaded guilty to sex-related charges that included three counts of making child pornography in a B.C. courtroom last week.

A Central Saanich man has pleaded guilty to multiple charges related to sex-related crimes involving young children.

Johnathon Lee Robichaud, 32, had been charged with making, access and possessing child pornography, sexual touching and interference, as well as making sexually explicit material available to young people.

Robichaud pleaded guilty to a total of eight charges, which included three counts of making child pornography, in B.C. Supreme Court on Friday, according to his lawyer, Don McKay.

“He is extremely remorseful and working to try and understand why this happened and he doesn’t want it to ever happen again,” McKay told CHEK on Sunday afternoon.

The former nanny was charged with nine counts in total related to his crimes. McKay said his client agreed to plead guilty to eight of the charges against him.

“It is, I am sure, a relief for the family that their children don’t have to testify in this matter,” McKay added.

Robichaud was arrested in September 2018 following an investigation by the Saanich Police Department after a parent who employed him as a nanny reported that her two young sons may have been the victims of sex crimes.

Police had also said they discovered thousands of images of child pornography on Robichaud’s electronic devices.

The identity of the children involved has been protected and cannot be revealed due to a court-ordered publication ban.

Robichaud will be back in court to fix a date for sentencing on Sept. 23 at 2 p.m. according to McKay.

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