Maple Ridge man pleads guilty to child porn charges

Douglas James McNally entered the plea last month

A Maple Ridge man has pleaded guilty to distributing and importing child pornography.

Douglas James McNally entered the plea last month, just three months after criminal charges were laid against him.

McNally was a former volunteer with the Meadowridge Knights, but no longer helps with the minor football club.

In a search warrant application, police revealed that 67-year-old was flagged in 2007 by Canada’s National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre, which passed the information to the RCMP’s Integrated Child Exploitation unit.

The ICE investigation led police to an address in Maple Ridge, where McNally lived, and those details were forwarded to Ridge Meadows RCMP.

But police were unable to act on the information “due to delays” and closed the file.

A CD containing images of child abuse related to the file was also destroyed.

In 2011, however, police received another cyber tip and acted on it quickly.

Police were granted a search warrant in June for McNally’s house, where a computer, laptop, cell phone and cameras were seized.

In August, Crown approved one count each of importing or distributing child porn and possessing child pornography against him.

A pre-sentence report has been ordered for McNally, who is back in court on Nov. 24.