James Ping Wong

A Dartmouth pedophile serving a five-year prison sentence has been charged with perjury.

James Ping Wong, 45, is accused of lying on the stand during a bail hearing in March 2011.

Perjury, or lying under oath, is in indictable offence under the Criminal Code and carries a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison.

Halifax lawyer Brian Church appeared in Dartmouth provincial court Friday on behalf of Wong, who is locked up at the Dorchester Penitentiary in New Brunswick.

Judge Flora Buchan adjourned the case until Feb. 15, when Wong will be expected to elect whether he wants to be tried in provincial court or Supreme Court.

Wong was married with one child when his life went off the rails in 2010. He was charged that August with groping a 13-year-old girl he had hired to help him with his daughter in the evenings while his wife was at work.

Police arrested him again in February 2011 for having about 100 images of child pornography on a computer they had seized for analysis the previous summer.

After spending about three weeks in jail, Wong convinced a judge to free him on bail. His criminal activity only escalated and he ended up back behind bars that June for numerous breaches of his release conditions.

Further examination of three computers found in his possession revealed that they had been stolen from a neighbour’s house in December 2010 and that Wong had used them to rebuild his collection of child pornography.

Wong pleaded guilty to 10 charges – sexual interference with a minor, luring a child, break and enter, two counts of possession of child pornography and five counts of breaching his bail conditions – and was sentenced last April.

In addition to the five-year prison term, the judge ordered Wong to provide a DNA sample for a national databank and register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. He also won’t be allowed to possess firearms and must stay away from parks, playgrounds, schools and other places frequented by children.

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