Police report points to woman who turned in Ward

A popular San Francisco radio talk show host and former Catholic priest sent child pornography to a Bay Area dominatrix in 2004 who then reported him to police, according to an Oakdale police report obtained by The Examiner.

“Vincentlio,” the screen name used by Bernie Ward, according to police documents, had a succession of instant messages with the woman, who used the name “Sexfairy.”

The graphic exchanges also make reference to “Vincentlio” sexually abusing minors or allowing minors to engage in sexual acts in his presence, according to the document.

Ward sent to the Oakdale-based dominatrix at least one digital image that shows a topless woman, a nude male youth and a nude female youth, according to the report.

As a result of a search warrant to America Online, police said, Ward used his credit card to open up the e-mail account in 1995, used by “Vincentlio.”

A CD that was produced by AOL as a result of the warrant had photo attachments and pictures of kids ranging from approximately ages 4 to 17, according to the document.

The woman, whose name was redacted in the report, told police she “never made reference to wanting to see or hear about sexual activities among minors,” according to the document.

Ward, 56, is accused of three counts of receiving child pornography, knowingly distributing it and attempting to distribute it in December 2004 and January 2005. Ward, who is married and has kids, pleaded not guilty Dec. 6 to the charges.

His defense attorney, Doron Weinberg, has said the case stems from an error of judgment when Ward spent a few days exchanging pornographic images of minors with adults while researching a book on hypocrisy.

Weinberg did not respond to messages for comment.

U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker scheduled jury selection and a trial for the week of June 9.

bbegin@examiner.com

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