Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Man Charged with Child Pornography over Sex Doll Says He Bought It to Replace Son

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Man Charged with Child Pornography over Sex Doll Says He Bought It to Replace Son

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Defendant testifies in child sex doll trial

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ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - A man facing child pornography charges for ordering a child-sized sex doll repeatedly told a St. John's courtroom Monday that his only motivation was to replace his infant son who died more than 20 years earlier.

Kenneth Harrisson ordered "Carol" from a Japanese website advertising childlike and adult sex dolls in 2013, and the doll was intercepted by the Canada Border Services Agency on its way to Canada.

The complicated case has been working its way through court for years, raising the issue of what constitutes child pornography if no real child was involved.

Harrisson, 54, faces charges of possessing child pornography, mailing obscene matter and two charges under the federal Customs Act of smuggling and possession of prohibited goods. The case also deals with the limits of free expression.

Harrisson testified Monday that he did not intend to have sex with the doll. He testified that he was lonely and that he ordered the doll for companionship to replace his son, who died at age six months.

Cross-examination picked up on Monday after the trial was interrupted Friday when Harrisson fainted and was taken away by an ambulance, according to local media reports. Harrisson repeated his defence that he did a Google search of the term "sex doll" and said he chose the photo of Carol because it showed a "male-like" face that best resembled his son, who would have been around 25 years old in 2013. He said the doll's face was what appealed to him, and the fact that the doll was kneeling in a sexual position did not factor into his decision. Harrisson said the idea to search the term "male sex doll" did not cross his mind. Crown attorney Bill Howse said Monday Harrisson's explanation that he ordered a female sex doll as a male companion to replace his son "doesn't make any sense" and asked him to explain his reasoning. …

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