Casselman man convicted on child porn charge
David Prest of Casselman will spend the rest of the year at the St. Lawrence Valley Correctional and Treatment Centre: Secure Treatment Unit in Brockville for his conviction on a charge of possession of child pornography.
Prest pled guilty to the charge during the February 14 provincial court session in L’Orignal. The charge resulted from a combined investigation of la Sûreté du Québec and the Russell County OPP from May to June 2017.
The investigation began May 2017 after Prest dropped off a thumbdrive at the selfserve photo developing kiosk at the Jean Coutu Pharmacy in Casselman. The drive went to a photo lab in Montréal for processing.
The technician who opened the digital storage device for treatment found more than 30 images of naked girls under the age 13 along with an assortment of cartoon characters like Lisa Simpson and Dora the Explorer that had been digitally altered to look like naked 13-year-old versions of the originals.
The photo lab contacted police and la Sûreté took charge of the investigation. The OPP were contacted after photo lab records showed the thumbdrive came from the Casselman pharmacy.
Police arrested Prest in June and had him show them the location of the computer where he had downloaded the images. Since his arrest, according to a Crown counsel report, Prest has not had access to a computer.
Prest has one prior conviction from October 2011 for possession of child pornography, for which he received a conditional sentence of two years less one day and was placed on probation for that term.
During the February 14 sentencing hea- ring Crown counsel presented a copy of a psychological evaluation from the Royal Ottawa Hospital that stated Prest would be at “above average” risk to reoffend if he did not receive treatment. Both Crown and defence counsels agreed that incarceration at a treatment centre followed by probation with conditions for further treatment would be best for Prest.
Prest received a sentence of one year at the Brockville treatment centre followed by three years probation. The terms of his probation include a court order forbidding him to be anywhere within 250 metres of the Jean Coutu Pharmacy in Casselman. He must pay a $200 victim’s surcharge.
During his probation Prest must take any counselling his probation officer recommends.
He is forbidden contact or communication with or to be in the presence of any children, male or female, under the age of 18, unless he is accompanied by a courtapproved adult. He is not allowed access to or possession of any device or technology capable of linking to the Internet. He is not allowed access to the Internet unless a courtapproved adult is present.
Prest is prohibited for the rest of his life from possessing firearms, explosives, or any type of weapons or simulated weapons. He is also prohibited under Section 161 of the Criminal Code of Canada from being at any public park, swimming pool, daycare, community centre or similar facility where children are present, and he is not allowed to hold any jobs or volunteer positions where he has authority or responsibility for children. This prohibition may be modified depending on future court review of his therapy progress.
He must provide a blood sample for police DNA records and his name will be on the police list of registered sex offenders for a 20-year period.
Charles Prest de Casselman passera une année à l’unité de traitement en milieu fermé du Centre correctionnel et de traitement de la vallée du Saint-Laurent à Brockville à la suite de sa condamnation pour possession de pornographie infantile à la cours de L’Orignal. Prest profitera d’une thérapie au centre durant son incarcération et il continuera à suivre une thérapie durant sa période de probation de trois ans après avoir quitté le centre.