Magician, school worker gets prison for child porn
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.
Daniel Kamenicky received a five-year sentence for creating and possessing child pornography.