Brown Freshman Dismissed In Light of Child Porn Charges
CHN Staff Report
PROVIDENCE, R.I. Brown freshman forward Harrison Zolnierczyk is facing charges resulting from a fall 2006 incident when, according to the Canwest News Service in Canada, Zolnierczyk and then-teammate Bradley Harding made a sex tape with a teenage girl and posted it on the YouTube website.
Zolnierczyk has been dismissed from the hockey team, but will remain in school.
On July 9, 2007, Zolnierczyk and Harding were charged with four specific counts: surreptitiously making a recording in a situation where a reasonable expectation of privacy is expected, knowingly distributing that recording, possessing child pornography and distributing child pornography.
"We're still in the preliminary stages," said Zolnierczyk's lawyer, Richard Fowler, to the Providence Journal. "There is a discussion taking place, but I can't tell you anything about those discussions. I can say that the charges on their face are more serious than the circumstances."
Zolnierczyk and Harding were teammates for the Alberni Valley Bulldogs in the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL). Harding has pleaded guilty to the above charges and is awaiting sentencing, and Zolnierczyk will appear in the Port Alberni Provincial Court in Canada on March 13.
According to Cp. Rob Foster of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the charges are punishable by jail time.
Zolnierczyk has appeared in 16 games for Brown this season, including last weekend's games against Clarkson and St. Lawrence. The Toronto native has no goals and three assists and has a -4 rating so far this season.