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Man, 49, charged with making and possessing child pornography, juvenile prostitution and Internet luring

Tracy McLaughlin

By Tracy McLaughlin, Special to QMI AGENCY

Sandy Thorburn

Sandy Thorburn

A Toronto man charged with making pornography and luring local teenaged girls into what they thought was a modelling job was released from jail on Monday.

Hugh Alexander Thorburn, 49, also known as Sandy, was released on $110,000 bail with strict house-arrest conditions to stay off of the Internet.

He faces charges of making and possessing child pornography, juvenile prostitution and Internet luring.

In court, Thorburn sat quietly in handcuffs in the prisoner’s box as the charges against him were read.

There is a ban on publication of the evidence heard at the bail hearing.

According to Ontario Provincial Police, Thorburn was arrested last Friday in the parking lot of the Monte Carlo Inn in Barrie while in the company of a 17-year-old girl.

Thorburn was a university music instructor, a composer and musical director at Thousand Islands Playhouse in Collingwood and Gananoque, near Brockville.

According to the OPP, a three-week investigation was conducted after receiving a number of complaints by teenaged girls in the Orillia and Barrie area. Police say the girls were contacted online by Thorburn pretending to be an agent from modeling agencies.

None of the allegations against Thorburn have been proven in court.

After being released from the prisoner's box, Thorburn left court surrounded by family members.

He is scheduled to be back in court Aug. 20 in Orillia.

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