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Former Silicon Knights dev sentenced in child pornography case


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Former Precursor Games and Silicon Knights designer Ken McCulloch was sentenced this week in an Ontario Court of Justice in St. Catharines, Canada on child pornography charges. Judge Joseph Nadel sentenced McCulloch to 12 months of time served; McCulloch has been jailed since his arrest in late June 2013, after he pleaded guilty to making child pornography available.

According to The Welland Tribune, Niagara Regional Police also charged McCulloch with sexual assault, forcible confinement and sexual interference during his time in jail in the past year. McCulloch will remain in custody, returning to court on August 26 to answer to those charges. As a result of the initial sentencing, McCulloch will be added to the provincial sex offender registry for the next 20 years. Judge Nadel also ordered McCulloch to stay away from any child under the age of 16 and from schools, parks, recreation centers and public pools for 10 years.

Following McCulloch's arrest last year, Precursor Games distanced itself from the designer, noting in a statement, "Having just learned of these disturbing charges today and based on the serious nature of them, Ken McCulloch is no longer affiliated in any way with Precursor Games." The studio was formed by ex-Silicon Knights developers and announced Shadow of the Eternals (pictured above) in May 2013 as a spiritual successor to Eternal Darkness. The game went through multiple Kickstarter projects, the first was canceled and the second failed before Precursor Games ceased work on the game in late September.

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