School counsellor faces U.S. judge over child porn charges

DELTA – A Delta school counsellor has been arrested and charged with possession of child porn.

According to reports, U.S. officers searched the Point Roberts home of William Brook last week, allegedly finding 334 images and videos, which included young children being sexually assaulted. It’s believed none of the images discovered so far involved Delta students.

According to Seattle P.I., federal prosecutors contend Brook downloaded hundreds of images and videos at his home. U.S. Homeland Security agents received a tip last month that he had been buying child porn online.

Agents stopped his car last Wednesday as he attempted to cross the border and return home to Point Roberts. They seized his school district-issued computer he had in his possession, but illegal images were not found on that computer.

Brook was arrested after the search and taken into custody where he remains. He appeared before a judge at U.S. District Court in Seattle on Monday and is scheduled to appear again later this week.

Learning of the allegations last week, the Delta school district would not say the schools Brook worked at or age of the students he counselled.

An investigation is taking place to see if he was involved in any criminal activity here, but he doesn’t appear to have a criminal history in Canada.

Noting Brook worked as a psychologist, a school board spokesperson said, “We want to ensure our parents and school communities that student safety is our top priority and we take these incidents very seriously.”

As of Monday, the district hadn’t said whether parents of students who met with Brook would be notified.

sgyarmati@delta-optimist.com