Vet­eran had al­most 18,000 child porn im­ages

The Western Star - - CLOSE TO HOME - BY TARA BRADBURY Twit­ter: @tara_brad­bury

A mil­i­tary vet­eran who was charged af­ter po­lice found al­most 18,000 im­ages of child pornog­ra­phy on his com­put­ers and an ex­ter­nal hard drive told in­ves­ti­ga­tors he had been down­load­ing child pornog­ra­phy since the in­ter­net was in­vented.

Dou­glas Nose­wor­thy had orig­i­nally pleaded not guilty in New­found­land and Labrador Supreme Court to charges of pos­sess­ing and ac­cess­ing child pornog­ra­phy.

Af­ter the judge re­jected his ap­pli­ca­tion to have ev­i­dence ex­cluded from trial, he changed his plea on the pos­ses­sion charge to guilty. The Crown then with­drew the ac­cess­ing charge.

Jus­tice Carl Thomp­son asked Nose­wor­thy Thursday if he un­der­stood that a con­vic­tion of pos­sess­ing child pornog­ra­phy car­ries a min­i­mum sen­tence of a year in a jail and a max­i­mum of 10 years.

“Yes, Jus­tice, I un­der­stand,” Nose­wor­thy replied.

Ac­cord­ing to an agreed state­ment of facts pre­sented by pros­e­cu­tor Jeff Summers Thursday, a U.S. tip line re­ceived in­for­ma­tion that a per­son us­ing a Hot­mail ad­dress with Nose­wor­thy’s name had up­loaded 61 im­ages of child pornog­ra­phy on­line. Po­lice traced the ac­count to this prov­ince and alerted lo­cal au­thor­i­ties, who iden­ti­fied the IP ad­dress as that of Nose­wor­thy. Af­ter a lengthy in­ves­ti­ga­tion and ob­tain­ing a war­rant to search his home for com­puter data, po­lice ar­rested Nose­wor­thy at work on Oct. 6, 2016.

The court heard Nose­wor­thy had been cop­er­a­tive, telling the in­ves­ti­ga­tors they would find what they were look­ing for on his lap­tops. The of­fi­cers lo­cated ev­i­dence of 17, 852 im­ages and three videos on a hand­ful of com­put­ers and an ex­ter­nal hard drive in Nose­wor­thy’s home, de- pict­ing boys and girls as young as tod­dlers. Many of the pho­tos had been deleted and were re­cov­ered by foren­sic soft­ware.

The of­fi­cers also dis­cov­ered Nose­wor­thy had pre­vi­ously sub­scribed to news­groups — on­line dis­cus­sion fo­rums — related to child pornog­ra­phy.

Last week, Thomp­son re­jected an ap­pli­ca­tion from Nose­wor­thy ar­gu­ing po­lice had breached his rights when they ar­rested him and ask­ing for state­ments he had made to the of­fi­cers and ev­i­dence seized as the re­sult of the search war­rant to be thrown out. The ar­rest­ing of­fi­cer hadn’t im­me­di­ately al­lowed him to con­tact a lawyer, he ar­gued, and the cir­cum­stances of his ar­rest at work con­trib­uted to him be­ing too over­whelmed to un­der­stand the in­for­ma­tion she was giv­ing him. Nose­wor­thy said he only re­sponded “yes” to her ques­tions so he could “have it all over with.”

De­fence lawyer Mark Gruchy asked Thursday for a pre-sen- tence re­port to be con­ducted on Nose­wor­thy be­fore the case pro­ceeds to a sen­tenc­ing hear­ing. He in­di­cated Nose­wor­thy has been meet­ing with health pro­fes­sion­als for some time and their re­ports could in­flu­ence the mat­ter.

Nose­wor­thy will be back in court Sept. 25.

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