A Windsor man who once abducted a 14-year-old girl he’d met over the Internet is on trial again for luring, as well as dozens of other charges involving sexual offences against children.Daniel George Nickolson, 50, is facing 85 charges for crimes alleged to have occurred in 20.
His mother sat behind him in the body of the court, her arms folded in front of her and her face emotionless.
At the time of the alleged crimes, Nickolson was bound by a court order not to use a computer to communicate with anyone under the age of 14.
That order was the result of 2009 convictions for distributing child pornography, child abduction and Internet luring.
In 2009, Nickolson was sentenced to four years in prison for convincing a girl in Saskatchewan to run away from home to live with him.
If the girls tried to stop communicating with Nickolson, he’d threaten to harm their families, get them in trouble by sharing their sexually explicit chats with their parents or make Internet posts of the nude images he’d captured of them.
He is accused of making child pornography, possessing it, accessing it and distributing it.
It took almost an hour for all the charges to be read aloud in court Monday.
Nickolson, sitting in the prisoner’s box in a jail-issued grey T-shirt that matched his hair and facial stubble, entered a plea of not-guilty as each charge was read out.
Nickolson was arrested on a bus in Winnipeg as he returned to Ontario with the 14-year-old girl.
Nickolson’s trial in Superior Court began Monday with his lawyer challenging the constitutionality of the search warrants that led to the latest charges.
Defence lawyer Andrew Telford-Keogh argued the Windsor police officer who got court authorization to search Nickolson’s apartment and analyze his computer misled the justice of the peace who granted the permission.