Magician, school worker gets prison for child porn

Winnipeg Free Press - - NEWS - KEVIN ROLLASON kevin.rollason@freep­ress.mb.ca

PART-TIME magician and for­mer school ed­u­ca­tional as­sis­tant has been sen­tenced to five years in prison for cre­at­ing and pos­sess­ing child pornog­ra­phy with im­ages and video of un­sus­pect­ing lo­cal kids.

Pro­vin­cial court Judge Sid Lerner said Daniel Ka­menicky, 40, had to be im­pris­oned to de­ter oth­ers and to pro­tect chil­dren.

“Peo­ple who set about to ac­cess and col­lect pornog­ra­phy vic­tim­iz­ing chil­dren must be made aware that the courts do not see this as a mi­nor or a vic­tim­less crime,” Lerner said while im­pos­ing the sen­tence Thurs­day.

“It is a rep­re­hen­si­ble crime and must be dealt with se­verely for the pro­tec­tion of so­ci­ety as a whole and of its most vul­ner­a­ble mem­bers, our chil­dren.”

De­fence coun­sel Dan Man­ning said af­ter court that he can’t say if Ka­menicky will ap­peal his sen­tence. The Crown had asked for a sen­tence of six years, while the de­fence sug­gested three years.

“We’ll look at the de­ci­sion and see what we’ll do with it,” Man­ning said.

Ka­menicky pleaded guilty ear­lier this year to pos­sess­ing and mak­ing child pornog­ra­phy between June and Au­gust 2016.

Ka­menicky was ar­rested in Au­gust 2016 by Win­nipeg po­lice.

Lerner noted that Ka­menicky — known as Dan the Magic Man when he en­ter­tained at par­ties and char­i­ta­ble events — cre­ated porno­graphic videos and pho­tos by se­cretly putting cam­eras un­der young girls’ dresses.

Many of the girls were pho­tographed on school play­grounds at Wind­sor School and Marion School, ele­men­tary schools he worked at.

“Each im­age and video pos­sessed by the ac­cused con­sti­tutes com­plic­ity in, and af­fir­ma­tion of, the degra­da­tion and dev­as­ta­tion of the chil­dren de­picted in this ma­te­rial,” the judge said.

“Sim­i­larly, pos­ses­sion of child pornog­ra­phy con­sti­tutes com­plic­ity in the sex­ual degra­da­tion

Aof all other chil­dren who be­come can­di­dates for sim­i­lar treat­ment be­cause the mar­ket for this de­prav­ity has once again been af­firmed.”

Lerner said he con­cluded that be­cause Ka­menicky has been ad­dicted to ac­cess­ing child pornog­ra­phy for some time, he is at a high risk of re­of­fend­ing, even though the charges have cost him a lot.

“He has lost his em­ploy­ment, his busi­ness and his house be­cause of th­ese of­fences,” the judge said.

Af­ter credit for the time he has served since his ar­rest, Ka­menicky has 40 months re­main­ing on the sen­tence im­posed by Lerner on Thurs­day.

Ka­menicky was also given a life­time ban from go­ing to schools or play­grounds as well as be­ing in any con­tact, beyond in­ci­den­tal, with any­one un­der the age of 16 with­out an adult be­ing present. As well, he has been banned from ac­cess­ing pornog­ra­phy on the In­ter­net and will be listed on the na­tional sex-of­fender reg­istry.

DANMAGICMAN.COM

Daniel Ka­menicky re­ceived a five-year sen­tence for cre­at­ing and pos­sess­ing child pornog­ra­phy.

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