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Almost one year after police raided the downtown Vancouver offices of Starnet Communications International Inc., one of the company's former security guards has been charged with possession of child pornography.

Anthony Marr, a 50-year-old Vancouver resident, was arrested at his home yesterday following a lengthy investigation by British Columbia's Organized Crime Agency.

The agency said it was acting on evidence seized from Starnet's offices in August of 1999.

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At the time, the company was offering pornography and gambling over the Internet, but has since sold the pornography operations.

Mr. Marr was scheduled to appear in a B.C. Provincial Court today but the appearance may be delayed. He faces charges of possession for the purpose of distribution and possession of child pornography.

After obtaining warrants last year to search homes of Starnet directors, police said they are continuing a separate investigation into allegations of illegal gambling involving the company.

"This is a much larger investigation and is still being actively pursued," said Michael Ryan, an inspector with the Organized Crime Agency's proceeds-of-crime unit.

Before the police raid in August, 1999, Starnet had its roots in the on-line sex trade and was best known for providing subscribers with live-camera feeds of strippers.

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