Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Father of Victim in Child Porn Case Satisfied with Conditional Discharge

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Father of Victim in Child Porn Case Satisfied with Conditional Discharge

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Man gets conditional discharge in porn case

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HALIFAX - A young man who pleaded guilty to making child pornography after he took a picture of an intoxicated teenager having sex at a party was given a conditional discharge and a sharp reprimand by the judge for destroying the girl's life.

The 20-year-old stood stone-faced Thursday as the youth court judge spent 40 minutes reading the sentence in a case that captured national attention after the girl was taken off life-support following a suicide attempt last year. She was 17.

"He should never forget the promising, vibrant, young life that was eventually destroyed by his choice to record an act of sexual degradation," Judge Gregory Lenehan told the packed courtroom in Halifax.

"You did in a few seconds set in motion a series of events that led to a great deal of shame, humiliation, anger, despair, anguish, loss, hurt and destruction."

The young man, who cannot be identified under a statutory publication ban because he was 17 at the time of the offence, will also have to register with the national DNA database and meet with a youth worker periodically for 12 months. He was also ordered to issue a written apology to the girl's family.

He pleaded guilty in September to one count of making child pornography while another charge of distributing child porn was dropped. Another young man is facing trial on Nov. 24 on that count.

The girl's identity is also protected by a mandatory publication ban. Several protesters gathered outside the court to protest the ban, saying it silences the victim's relatives from telling their story, and some people voiced their opposition by naming her on social media.

Her family along with supporters also wore T-shirts bearing the girl's name.

The girl's father said he is satisfied with the sentence, despite having initially indicated he would like to see jail time for the young man who the judge said was unable to complete high school and suffered psychologically as a result of the incident. …

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