Former World Vision employee facing child porn charges

James Vanderberg, 57, faces nine charges in a Toronto Police child pornography investigation.

James Vanderberg, 57, faces nine charges in a Toronto Police child pornography investigation.

Jenny Yuen, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:47 PM ET

TORONTO -- Local comics reacted Tuesday to news that a well-known manager of a comedy club in the 1990s faces nine charges related to child pornography, including making child porn and luring a child under 16.

Toronto Police have accused James VanderBerg, 57, of Toronto of using a number of aliases and posing as a teenage girl to reach out to other female teens on social media websites. The teens contacted online lived in Canada and around the world, according to police.

His website, vpiinc.com, indicated VanderBerg managed the Laugh Resort in downtown Toronto for most of its 18-year run, and dealt with a number of celebrities who performed there.

"Managing the iconic Laugh Resort Comedy Club in Toronto, Jim VanderBerg worked with a wide range of A-list comedians, including Ray Romano, Ellen DeGeneres, Adam Sandler, David Spade, Russell Peters, Ron James and Gerry Dee," says his website.

"He had a Teflon quality about him. He was very Christian and evangelical," said Simon Rakoff, 53, who worked at the Laugh Resort.

"I remember he was 'Christian' and would object to some of (comic duo) Al and George's material as being racy," said Al Rae, a producer on CBC Radio's Definitely Not the Opera and a former member of the Al and George comedy team. "On the plus side, he paid us more money to play a week at a comedy club than any other club manager before or since."

 

 


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