ANTIGONISH: A former town councillor pleaded not guilty to charges relating to child pornography.

John Robert MacIsaac of Antigonish faces charges of accessing child pornography and possessing child pornography. MacIsaac’s attorney entered a plea of not guilty on both charges on MacIsaac’s behalf during a hearing in Antigonish Provincial Court on August 30.

MacIsaac was not present but remains on an undertaking, with several conditions, including that he not possess or access any electronic device capable of accessing the Internet except for the purpose of accessing a Web site directly related to employment and e-mail, he must not indirectly or directly contact persons under the age of 16 except in the presence of a parent or guardian, and he must not possess or access any image depicting people who are or appear to be under the age of 18 who are nude or are portrayed in a sexual manner.

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MacIsaac is set to return to Antigonish Provincial Court for a trial hearing on November 2.

On January 20, the Antigonish District RCMP street crime enforcement unit, working with the RCMP’s Internet Child Exploitation and Technological Crime Units, searched a home in Antigonish. Following the discovery of child pornography, police arrested a 69-year-old man without incident.

MacIsaac was later charged with possessing child pornography and accessing child pornography. He served on Antigonish Town Council from 1985-1991 and again from 1995-2003.