Weekends in jail
Man allowed to serve intermittent sentence for accessing child porn
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.