Ap­peal court re­serves de­ci­sion in city man’s child porn sen­tence

Saskatoon StarPhoenix - - CITY + REGION -

A panel of judges has re­served its de­ci­sion on the Crown’s ap­peal of a sen­tence handed down in a child pornog­ra­phy case.

In Novem­ber 2017, Philip Chicoine of Saska­toon was sen­tenced to 12 years af­ter plead­ing guilty to 40 child porn-re­lated charges.

The Crown had sought a 17-year sen­tence and filed an ap­peal in Jan­uary.

Last year, court heard that Chicoine met women on­line in Ro­ma­nia and the Philip­pines and told them how to abuse chil­dren while he watched. A Moun­tie who took part in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion tes­ti­fied that the ev­i­dence he re­viewed was so dis­turb­ing and de­praved that he had to seek coun­selling.

Dur­ing sen­tenc­ing, the judge in the case said there is hope that Chicoine, who was 28, can be re­ha­bil­i­tated.

The judge rec­om­mended that he serve his sen­tence at a fed­eral psy­chi­atric fa­cil­ity.

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