Week­ends in jail

Man al­lowed to serve in­ter­mit­tent sen­tence for ac­cess­ing child porn

The Western Star - - Close To Home - BY GARY KEAN THE WEST­ERN STAR [email protected]­ern­star.com Twit­ter: WS_GaryKean

A Pasadena man con­victed of ac­cess­ing child pornog­ra­phy will be serv­ing his 90-day sen­tence on week­ends.

Jody Stan­ley Cal­la­han, 48, was sen­tenced by Judge Cather­ine Allen-Westby in pro­vin­cial court in Cor­ner Brook Thurs­day af­ter pre­vi­ously en­ter­ing a plea of guilty in May.

The po­lice first be­came aware of pos­si­ble down­loads of child porn in Oc­to­ber 2015. The sub­se­quent in­ves­ti­ga­tion led to the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of IP ad­dresses as­so­ci­ated with Cal­la­han.

Searches of his home re­sulted in the seizure of 10 items, three of which con­tained child pornog­ra­phy. In all, there were 476 pho­tos and 36 videos.

The ma­te­rial con­tained on the videos, as de­scribed in open court by Crown at­tor­ney Trina Simms, in­cluded pre-pubescent girls en­gag­ing in sex­ual ac­tiv­ity with adult men.

Af­ter his ar­rest, the court heard, Cal­la­han was co-op­er­a­tive with po­lice. He ad­mit­ted to hav­ing viewed the child pornog­ra­phy, but it wasn’t un­til he spoke with the po­lice that he re­al­ized the girls in the pho­tos and videos were be­ing re-vic­tim­ized each time the ma­te­rial was viewed.

Simms said down­load­ing child porn sus­tains the de­mand for such ma­te­rial and mo­ti­va­tion for child porn pro­duc­ers to make more of it.

Cal­la­han had a chance to speak to Allen-Westby and said he was deeply sorry for what he called his care­less and ir­re­spon­si­ble ac­tions.

“I guess at the time I didn’t re­al­ize these peo­ple were be­ing vic­tim­ized and I am so, so sorry for that,” he said. “It hasn’t hap­pened since and I swear on my soul it never will again.”

Simms asked that Cal­la­han be sen­tenced to one year in prison. She also asked that he be added to the na­tional sex of­fender registry for 10 years and that he pro­vide author­i­ties with a sam­ple of his DNA.

The Crown also asked that Cal­la­han be pro­hib­ited from vol­un­teer­ing or be­ing em­ployed any­where where chil­dren would be, that he be pro­hib­ited from hav­ing con­tact with any­one un­der the age of 16 un­less ac­com­pa­nied by an adult and that he not use a dig­i­tal de­vice to ac­cess the In­ter­net ex­cept for work or school pur­poses.

De­fence coun­sel Sandi MacK­in­non said her client, who has no prior con­vic­tions, was not a fre­quent viewer of child porn and that he ac­cessed it out of cu­rios­ity more than any­thing else.

She said Cal­la­han’s prospects for re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion were great and that he should be al­lowed to serve a 90-day sen­tence on week­ends so he can con­tinue to be avail­able for work.

Al­though she agreed with the de­fence’s sub­mis­sion on sen­tenc­ing, Allen-Westby noted the facts of the case are still ab­hor­rent and ac­cess­ing any amount of child porn only per­pet­u­ates the ex­ploita­tion of vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren.

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