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Man sentenced to 30 months for child porn

By: Grant Burr

Posted: 06/26/2017 10:30 AM

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A lifetime of pain, demonstrated through the words of a woman victimized in her childhood, had consequences for a Steinbach man last Thursday, as he was handed a 30-month jail sentence for possessing and distributing child pornography.

Court heard that over 20,000 child porn images were found on Jason Day-Boisvert's computer in 2015. Many were duplicates but over 4,000 were unique, explained crown attorney Bruce Sychuk. Nearly 200 videos, including some duplications but mostly unique files, were also found.

Sychuk highlighted that some of material was part of a collection featuring one particular child victim, common among child pornography rings. Sychuk introduced as evidence a victim impact statement from the child, who is now an adult, who was made to participate in child pornography by an abusive father.

"I still have nightmares that images of me are spread around the Internet," the woman said in the statement, describing how her childhood memories continue to leave her with sleepless nights.

"I still haven't learned the trick to let my mind rest."

Day-Boisvert had no previous criminal record.

"I am so ashamed of what I've done," Day-Boisvert told the court. "I never want to do anything like this again."

While the 40-year-old was credited for the remorse shown and his decision to plead guilty, Judge Ken Champagne also stressed the impact of what is sometimes viewed as a "victimless crime."

"Too many children are being harmed," Champagne said, "Their lives are being destroyed by child porn."

Champagne noted how the issue of child pornography distribution, aided by new technology, is been addressed with increasing penalties. He accepted the joint recommendation from the Crown and defence for the two and a half year prison term.

Once released, Day-Boisvert will be placed on the national sexual offender registry. He will face other conditions including being barred from doing a job or volunteer work with anyone under the age of 16 and be prohibited from contact with anyone under the age of 16 without the supervision of an adult. He will also face technology restrictions including a requirement to make his computer available for searches by police up to twice per month.

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